Messrs. G. and W. Webb,
11, Austin Friars, E. C.
It does not appear to me that the extracts from the Hawk, which we reproduced in the St. James's Gazette of Sept. 10, are libellous or are rendered libellous by the fact that they were curtailed, or, as you say, "edited," on being transferred to this journal. At the same time, as I have published the account given by one party to the quarrel, I quite recognise the fairness of publishing the version of the other party, and I shall be pleased to insert any correction or explanation of the article of the 10th inst. which Mr. Whistler may care to send, provided that it is not libellous or otherwise unsuitable for publication in the columns of this journal. I may add that the only concern we have or can have in the matter is to give the public information on a subject in which it appears to take some interest. If we have unwittingly and in good faith published any false or defamatory statements concerning Mr. Whistler I shall be obliged if you will specify them, in order that we may make proper reparation.
I am, gentlemen, your obedient servant,
SIDNEY J. LOW,
Editor St. James's Gazette.
Sept. 11, 1890.
#09460, #13260, #13194, #13195 and #09461 were published in 'Mr. Whistler and the St. James's Gazette', Sunday Times, 14 September 1890; and in 'Mr. Whistler and the St. James's Gazette', Whirlwind, 20 September 1890 (GUL pc 11, pp. 25, 27). An apology was printed in the St James's Gazette on 16 September 1890.
Hawk (see also Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, pp. 44-46, B. 55).