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System Number: 04401
Date: 29 March / [April 1890][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P40
Document Type: AD[2]

P. M. G.[3]    
Thursday. March 29 - (Special) Feb. 21. (strange Plot)
  " 29 - (Special) Sunday Times - Feb. 23.
  " 24  
N Y. Herald - " 23.  
Pall Mall Gazette  


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1.  29 March / [April 1890]
Dated by the references to press-cuttings (see below).

2.  AD
Written on an envelope, which may originally have contained press-cuttings.

3.  P. M. G.
This note probably relates to the publication of Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890. One of the press-cuttings listed, 'Seizure of Mr. Whistler's Pirated Writings', New York Herald (London ed.), 23 March 1890, was reprinted in The Gentle Art, 1890, op. cit., p. 11. In JW's presscutting book it was incorrectly labelled as the 'Pall Mall Gazette'. Articles appeared in the Pall Mall Gazette, 24 March 1890, p. 6 and on 28 March 1888 (reprinted in The Gentle Art, 1890, op. cit., p. 244). See Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, A22a and A22b.

4.  Ford
Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more], and his wife, Mary Bacon Ford, proposed to edit an edition of JW's letters. A contract was prepared, which was sent to JW's lawyer, G. H. Lewis, for approval. She proposed to take the contract over to France for JW to sign, but he refused to commit himself (see M. B. Ford to Lewis, 16 September 1888, #01444, and JW to S. Ford, #01449, #01450). Eventually Ford went ahead, but JW pursued him through the courts and suppressed the publication (Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890). JW then published his own version.