The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11981
Date: 4 February 1868
Author: Wrentmore & Sons[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell Whistler Collection, PWC 2/48/50
Document Type: ALS


43 Lincolns Inn Fields W. C.

4th Feb. 1868.


In reference to certain reflections[3] which you are reported to have made on the character and conduct of our Client Mr Francis Seymour Haden[4] and more particularly with reference to a certain remark made by you to Mr Haden himself on the 26th of April last in a Café at Paris to the effect that you "knew" him to have been guilty of mis-conduct to his late Partner, Mr James Reeves Traer[5] then just deceased - We are instructed to request that you will inform us what was the Special nature of the mis-conduct you then alluded to, and from whom you derived knowledge of it, and in what [p. 2] precise terms that knowledge was conveyed to you and when and where -

We are,
Your very obt Sts

Wrentmore & Sons

J. A. Whistler Esqre
2 Lindsay [sic] Row
Battersea Bridge
Chelsea. S. W.

'Wrentmore[6] & Son
11 Feby 68 -
Whistler & Haden'

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1.  Wrentmore & Sons
Firm of solicitors acting for F. S. Haden.

2.  '50'
Added in top left corner.

3.  reflections
See for example, #01936.

4.  Francis Seymour Haden
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more].

5.  Mr James Reeves Traer
JW accused Haden of disrespect towards his medical assistant James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more]. Traer had died on a visit to Paris in April 1867, allegedly in a brothel. Haden hastily arranged burial rites in Paris in what JW and his brother William regarded as an underhand manner. A violent quarrel ensued between Haden and the two brothers during which JW supposedly pushed Haden through a plate glass window.

6.  Wrentmore ... Haden
Added, upside-down at foot of letter, in another hand.