The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
Home > On-line Edition > Browse Subjects > Document Display

return to search results

Documents associated with: club see society
Record 1 of 27

System Number: 11837
Date: 18 March [1868][1]
Author: [JW][2]
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[3]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscripts Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/46/13
Document Type: MsL

'Whistler[4] 18 March 1868. re Haden'
'13[5]' Chelsea 1868

2 Lindsay Row

18th March

Dear Rose

After all last night I did not bring away with me Capt Hunter Davidsons[6] letter[7], or the copies of the Wrentmore correspondence[8], please if possible send them by the bearer

Yours sincerely

J A McN Whistler.

This document is protected by copyright.


1.  18 March [1868]
Year date from day of the week, a Wednesday in 1868.

2.  [JW]
This letter is written and signed in another unknown hand on JW's behalf. The paper has a narrow mourning border (1 mm.).

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

4.  Whistler ... re Haden
Written in another hand (perhaps that of Rose) at right-angles in left-hand margin.

5.  13
Written in another hand.

6.  Hunter Davidsons
Captain Hunter Davidson (1827-1913), Senate of the General Assembly of Maryland [more].

7.  letter
See JW to H. Davidson, #00802 and Davidson's reply, #00804. The correspondence related to JW's quarrel with Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more], and Haden's citing of an incident of an assault against Doty as evidence in a case (see JW to W. Boxall, #00498) to exclude JW from the Burlington Fine Arts Club (see note below).

8.  Wrentmore correspondences
See Wrentmore to JW, #11981, #12133; JW to Wrentmore, #10762. The correspondence concerned JW's ongoing quarrel with F. S. Haden (Wrentmore & Son were Haden's solicitors) which dated to April 1867. JW quarrelled with Haden, over his treatment of James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more]. Traer 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 Fine Arts Club. In the aftermath of the Traer affair, Haden campaigned for JW to be excluded from the Club (#02240). JW was expelled at a general meeting of the Club on 13 December (see JW to W. Boxall, #00498). JW continued to fight his case (see, for example, JW to Burlington Club, #00448, JW to Capt. Hunter Davidson, #00802). However, in a new development, JW received a letter from Wrentmore & Son on 4 February 1868 (#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.' In reply, JW wrote of his astonishment that the firm should write to the 'proposed victim coolly requesting him to furnish the evidence upon which to form a lawsuit' (#10762). Later, it emerged that Haden was writing a pamphlet on J. R. Traer (#11839). JW guessed that Haden hoped that he would 'produce some letter which he may print and contradict in his book' (op. cit.) in response.