System Number: 10900
Date: 23 November 
Recipient: Samuel Henry Jeyes
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 32/4/39
Document Type: ALdS
Podsnap at bay.
To the Editor of the Standard
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, 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.
1. 23 November 
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 , #05527.
2. Samuel Henry Jeyes
Samuel Henry Jeyes (d. 1911), author and journalist.
Including Wedmore, Sir Frederick, Whistler's Etchings: a Study and a Catalogue, London, 1886.