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System Number: 04312
Date: [3/10 March 1891?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Thorndike Nourse[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler N69
Document Type: ALd[3]

My Dear Nourse -

Pray present my compliments to Miss - I trust that neither you nor Miss Beulah[4] will dream of paying Messrs Brentano[5] their illegal demand - The copies in question of the Pirated edition[6] that of my book were confiscated by myself under advice of my solicitors Messrs Lewis & Lewis[7] -

Furthermore I gave one or two of these very copies into the hands of the police who thereupon made a descente de Police upon the Brentano house in Paris and hold the Proces verbal was sent to[o] by the authorities -

Messrs Brentano know perfectly well that they have no more right to the money than they have to stolen goods - If they have any Pray refer them to me or to Messrs Lewis & Lewis - Ely Place -

And believe[8] me with many [regrets] that you should have been annoyed
Very sincerely Yrs

[p. 2]


Gentlemen[10] -

I beg to acknowledge your very cour answer to my letter - and to thank you again for your courtesy -

) 31-
)  3

12) 93 (87

12.) 93 ( 7- 9-

12 .

20W = 5.
10W. = 2.6
30W. = 7.6

[drawing of a man's head[11]]

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1.  [3/10 March 1891?]
This is obviously related to the content of Nourse's letter to JW, 3 March 1891 (#04313).

2.  Thorndike Nourse
Thorndike Nourse, a lawyer [more].

3.  ALd
It is not certain that the incomplete draft on the verso is related to Nourse. The sums do not seem to relate to either letter.

4.  Miss Beulah
Miss Beulah, unidentified; the name is variously spelled here and in #04313 and #00407.

5.  Messrs Brentano
Publishers. A letter from JW to them is #00407.

6.  Pirated edition
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890.

7.  Messrs Lewis & Lewis
Sir George Henry Lewis (1833-1911), society lawyer [more], and George James Graham Lewis (1868-1927), junior partner of Lewis & Lewis, solicitors [more].

8.  And believe
Continued in the left margin.

Address printed in orange ink.

10.  Gentlemen
The phrasing of this fragmentary draft is similar to that used in JW's letters to E. A. Walton and Glasgow Corporation (see #06024).

11.  drawing of a man's head
This pen sketch, although drawn over a letter drafted by JW, appears to be by Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].