The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02545
Date: [April 1890][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: George Henry Lewis[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L80
Document Type: ALdS

My dear George -

I can at once have printed, (it will take only about 5 or 6 hours) four small pages of letters, with title, which will make a Pamphlet - that is "Whistler's letters[3]" - being an abstract of a Work about to appear -

Which will be issued in May - etc. etc.

Before the opening of the Royal Academy -

etc- etc -

Published by Messrs Cape[4] & Co. 33. Bouverie Street -

[p. 2] Can you not instantly take out another an injunction preventing his Fords[5] publishing any thing of this matter as it is my property -

It is in every case my property - the letters - and the idea of publication -

Also can you not make him give up the data he has - for they were lent to him - Moreover among the letters were some that had not appeared in Print -

His address I have not yet discovered but one of your people soon could - but any letter if registered care of J McClure Hamilton[6], 14. Alpha Road. N. W.

I could also at once have the copy right secured in America - and so chequemate [sic] Mr Ford all round and leave him with the expenses he has incurred -

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [April 1890]
Dated by reference to publication (see below), and from the mention of the forthcoming 'May'.

2.  George Henry Lewis
Sir George Henry Lewis (1833-1911), society lawyer [more].

3.  Whistler's letters
Eventually published as Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890.

4.  Cape

5.  Fords
Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more]. JW was trying to prevent distribution of Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890.

6.  J McClure Hamilton
John McClure Hamilton (1853-1936), artist [more].