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System Number: 10723
Date: 20 March [1868][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscripts Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/46/14
Document Type: ALS

2 Lindsey Row -
Old Battersea bridge
Chelsea -

Friday March 20.

Dear Rose -

My messenger not finding you the other day left my note[3] - I want much to have the copy of the Wrentmore Correspondence[4] - and would like to write see the copy of your letter[5] to them - I know you are much pressed with important business[6] - but let me remind you of this little matter[7] of mine and beg now that you will tomorrow morning ask Lawson[8] to have the [p. 2] copies made for me and sent - so that I might get them tomorrow night! - Do this my dear Rose and greatly oblige

Yours Sincerely

J. A. McN Whistler -

J Anderson Rose Esq.
P.S. Above all[9] do not forget Capt. Hunter Davidson's letters[10] to me - which I am almost anxious about.
Remember the message I gave you from Russia[11] [p. 3] the other night and let the enemy this time have a rousing broadside!

'[p. 4]Whistler 20[12] Mar/68 re Haden'

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1.  20 March [1868]
Dated from day of the week and reference to Wrentmore.

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

3.  Whistler 20 ... Haden
Written in another hand, probably that of a clerk.

4.  note
Probably JW to J. A. Rose, #11837.

5.  Wrentmore Correspondence
JW's recent correspondence with Wrentmore & Son, solicitors for Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more]. See JW to Wrentmore & Son, #11981, #10762, #11853.

6.  your letter
Rose may not have written a letter to Wrentmore by this date, since they do not seem to have received a letter from him until early April (see Wrentmore & Son to J. A. Rose, #12131) and perhaps not a full reply until 16 April (see J. A. Rose to Wrentmore & Son, #12132).

7.  business
Rose seems to have been preoccupied with a forthcoming trial (see JW to J. A. Rose, #08979).

8.  matter
In April 1867, JW quarrelled with F. S. 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. Haden 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 (JW to L. Huth, #02240, JW to W. Boxall, #00498). JW was asked to resign on the threat of expulsion in June 1867 (see R. N. Wornum to JW, #10442). Aggrieved with the summary way in which he felt he had been treated, JW refused to entertain the Club's charges against him, claiming that the Club had no right to interfere in a private matter (see JW to L. Huth, #02240). Despite his protests, he was expelled (see R. N. Wornum to JW, #00445) on 13 December 1867. Haden and JW never spoke again and the affair caused a family rift (see, for example, JW to F. A. Haden, #01936, D. D. Haden to JW, #01915, #01916. W. Whistler to F. S. Haden, #06681). Then, on 4 February 1868, JW received a letter from Wrentmore & Son (#11981). 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.' JW sought out J. A. Rose's advice about this new development in the affair.

9.  Lawson
Lawson James McCreary, clerk to the solicitor, J. A. Rose [more].

10.  Above all
Double under-lined.

11.  Davidson's letters
Captain Hunter Davidson (1827-1913), Senate of the General Assembly of Maryland [more]. See JW to H. Davidson, #00802 and Davidson's reply, #00804. The correspondence related to JW's quarrel with Haden and his citing of an incident of an assault against Captain Horace H. Doty (b. 1824 or 1825), officer of marines, specialist in signal lights and lighthouse illumination [more], as evidence in the case (see JW to W. Boxall, #00498) against JW at the Burlington Fine Arts Club (see note above).

12.  Russia
This reference may relate to George William Whistler (1822-1869), engineer, JW's half-brother [more], then an employee of the firm of Harrison, Winans and Eastwick in St. Petersburg. As eldest brother, G. W. Whistler, tried to intervene in the growing rift between F. S. Haden, JW and the Whistler family (see G. Wm Whistler to F. S. Haden, #06681).