The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 10900
Date: 23 November [1902][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Samuel Henry Jeyes[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 32/4/39
Document Type: ALdS

Podsnap at bay[3].

To the Editor of the Standard

Sir -

From Respectability to Crime there is but a step - and in the long run, Podsnap inevitably takes it -

Also the faith of Podsnap is sublime! For twenty years, he cries, have I sustained and upheld this man, and forced him upon a British People that would none of him - and, in the beginning, refused even to listen! -

Sir, in your columns, let me hugely apologise for this colossal impertinence, of which, believe me, I had no knowledge - not the faintest suspicion!

None of these irrelevant, ill meant, and ininnocuous writings of Podsnap have I come upon - though I have known of certain "Corners" in Catalogues[4], in his earlier Counting House manner - inventories with harmlessly foolish comment, that put guineas in the pocket of Podsnap - Parasite way, was the Parasite who fed, and pleasantly fattened upon me, "and did exceeding well!" [sic]

And I have the honour to be,
Your obedient Servant

J. McNeill Whistler

Chelsea. Nov. 23.

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1.  23 November [1902]
Dated from the sequence of letters; see two earlier drafts of this letter, #13425 and #05526. JW's letter was not published; see his following letter to Jeyes, 27 November [1902], #05527.

2.  Samuel Henry Jeyes
Samuel Henry Jeyes (d. 1911), author and journalist.

3.  Podsnap at bay
Double underlined. He means Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921), art critic [more].

4.  Catalogues
Including Wedmore, Sir Frederick, Whistler's Etchings: a Study and a Catalogue, London, 1886.