The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11954
Date: 11 June 1867
Author: Rodolph Nicholson Wornum[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Call Number: National Art Library, PC12/686. KK. 11
Document Type: ALcS[2]

11 June 1867
Marquis D'Azeglio
Mr Maskell

Read the Minutes of the last meeting

Mr Haden complained that he had on the 26th April in a tavern in Paris, been grossly assaulted by Mr Whistler a member of the Club.

Resolved that the following letter by [sic] addressed by the Honorary Secretary to Mr Whistler -

Burlington Fine Arts Club

11th June 1867:


I am desired by the Committee to write to you on a subject, which they very much regret they cannot leave unnoticed.

It has been formally brought before them, that on the 26th of April last, in a café at Paris, you assaulted Mr. F. Seymour Haden another member of this club. -

Under the circumstances the Committee are unanimously of opinion that it is inexpedient that you should remain a member of the Club.

But on the other hand [p. 2] the Committee are willing to save you unnecessary annoyance, and they hope that instead of obliging them to bring the whole matter before a general meeting (according to Rule 27 pp. 10 - 11. of the Rules and Regulations *) you will see [p. 2] the fitness of withdrawing your name from the List of Members; in which case, as the money has been so lately paid, the committee will not object to return your entrance fee and year's subscription.

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1.  Rodolph Nicholson Wornum
Ralph Nicholson Wornum (1812-1877), history painter [more].

2.  ALcS
The original letter, fully annotated, is #10442.