The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13260
Date: 11 September 1890
Author: George and William Webb[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: Sidney J. Low[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published[3]
Document Type: PL

To the Editor of the St. James's Gazette.

SIR, -

Our client, Mr. Whistler, has drawn our attention to the fact of your having published in your issue of yesterday[4] what professes to be a reprint of Mr. Augustus Moore's[5] account of our client's encounter with him. Our client complains that by so doing you have lifted it from its harmless obscurity, and, placing it in a paper read by gentlemen, have given it the weight of your apparent sanction and credence. Moreover, you have confirmed the libellous statements in the article by altering and editing them. You have eliminated certain sentences and paragraphs, which showed the state of mind and motives of the writer, the disclosure of which stultified his intention. By thus cleansing the article of much of its grotesqueness and vulgarity, you have deprived the public of the means of at once distinguishing between the truth and falsehood. We are instructed to ask you to publish this letter, together with your own expressions of regret for the publication in your Special Edition of to-night and your ordinary editions of to-morrow. -

We are, Sir, your obedient servants,


Sept. 11, 1890.

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1.  George and William Webb
George Webb (b. ca 1835), of G. and W. Webb. lawyer [more]; and William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

2.  Sidney J. Low
Sidney James Mark Low (1857-1932), journalist and editor of the St. James's Gazette (1888) [more]. See his reply (#13194).

3.  Published
Published in the Sunday Times, 14 September 1890; and in the Whirlwind, 20 September 1890 (GUL pc 11, p. 27).

4.  issue of yesterday
St James's Gazette, 10 September 1890. An apology was printed in the St James's Gazette on 16 September 1890.

5.  Mr. Augustus Moore's
Augustus Martin Moore (d. 1918), journalist and acting manager [more].