The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11855
Date: 14 February 1868
Author: James Anderson Rose[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell Whistler Collection, PWC 2/48/52
Document Type: ALS


J M Whistler Esqre.


14 Febry 1868

My dear Whistler

Dont lose your temper[.] The letter[4] you inclose [sic] me is pretty good evidence that the writers have lost theirs.

By no means return it - to prevent that - I shall keep it. Write in reply[5] as follows "Your letter of the 10 inst I have placed in the hands of my Attorney Mr. Rose of No. 11 Salisbury St. Strand to whom I beg leave to refer you"

I am Sir
Your most obedt Servt

Ever yours

J Anderson Rose

[p. 2] 'Rose: 14 Feb. 1868
re Haden[6]'

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1.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].

2.  '52'
Written in another hand.

3.  POSTAL ... W. C.
Text arranged within circular stamp.

4.  letter
JW had just received a letter from Wrentmore & Son (#11981), solicitors to Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more]. It requested that he state the full details and context regarding 'certain reflections which you are reported to have made on the character and conduct of our Client Mr. Francis Seymour Haden.' The letter related to JW's long-running dispute with Haden and the Burlington Fine Arts Club, a club for artists and connoisseurs. In April 1867, JW quarrelled with Haden over his treatment of James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more]. Traer had died on a trip to Paris, allegedly in a brothel, and Haden had arranged for Traer's burial with what JW and his brother William regarded as unseemly haste. Haden later claimed that in the resulting confrontation JW had pushed him through a plate glass window. Both JW and Haden were members of the Burlington Club and in the aftermath of the Traer affair Haden campaigned for JW to be excluded from the club, having brought to its attention several alleged previous incidents of assault involving JW (JW to L. Huth, #02240). JW was expelled at a general meeting of the Club on 13 December (see JW to W. Boxall, #00498). Undeterred, JW appealed to the President of the Club, the Vittorio Emanuelle Taparelli (1816-1890), Marquis D'Azeglio, Sardinian Ambassador and collector [more] (who had been absent from the meeting) in January 1868 (see JW to Marquis D'Azeglio, #00448). He also attempted to discredit Haden's allegations, much to Haden's anger.

5.  reply
In fact, JW had already drafted a reply to #11981: JW to Wrentmore & Son (#10762, undated, but [5 February 1868]). This bears no resemblance to the reply suggested by Rose, but he seems to have written a further reply in accordance with Rose's suggestions between 14 and 20 February (see Wrentmore & Son to J. A. Rose, #12133).

6.  Rose ... Haden
Added in left margin.