Mr Hamerton presents his compliments to Mr Whistler, and begs to inform him that he has read Mr Whistler's very unbecoming and improper letter in the New York Tribune.
Mr Hamerton in his article in Scribner's Monthly simply quoted a passage from one of Mr Haden's lectures on Etching, published in Cassell's Magazine of Art; consequently Mr Hamerton did not offer matter to his readers under any disguise whatever. Mr Hamerton has answered Mr Whistler's letter in the same journal in which it appeared.
Pré Charmoy, Autun, Saône et Loire
Sept. 28, 1880.
Published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, pp. 81-9.
See JW to the Editor, New York Tribune, #04281, letter dated 12 September 1880. This letter relates to a sequence of letters initiated by JW's response to Hamerton's article on F. S. Haden, which appeared in Scribner's Magazine in September 1880. It may have been a private reply to JW's letter of 12 September as another letter written by Hamerton to the New York Tribune also purports to be a reply (#11397). See also JW to P. G. Hamerton, #11396. Later, Haden joined the fray (see F. S. Haden to New York Tribune, 17 October 1880, p. 5).