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Record 16 of 141
System Number: 04988
Date: 2 January 1885
Author: James Hewson
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P628
Document Type: ALS
PLUMBING AND DECORATING.
SANITARY WATER & GAS ENGINEERING
OIL COLOR AND VARNISH TRADES CHRONICLE
3A, BOLT COURT, & 11, GOUGH SQUARE,
LONDON, E. C.,
Jany 2. 1885
J. McNeill Whistler Esq.
Tite. St. Chelsea. S. W -
The Editor desires me to express to you his sincere regret & apologies that the reference to the "Peacock" drawing-room should have appeared in the "Plumbing & Decorating Chronicle" (not "Plumber & Decorator"), without being properly authenticated. The source whence the para-[p. 2]graph was obtained being, as a rule, well-informed, the statement was, you will believe him, allowed to appear in all good faith. The contrary (as to the rightful executor) having been established, a "correction" shall be inserted in the next issue with the proper apologies.
If at any time you feel disposed to utilise the columns of the "Chronicle", the Editor desires through me to place them at your disposal.
I have the honour, Sir, to be
Your obedient servant,
Advertising notices run all down the left side of page one. The paper is pink.
Written in JW's hand.
Edmund Hodgson Yates (1831-1894), novelist, 'Atlas' columnist and editor-proprietor of the World [more]. JW had written to 'Atlas' complaining that in a reference to Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178), the Chronicle had attributed the work to Valentine Cameron Prinsep (1836-1904), painter and writer [more]. See the World, vol. 21, no. 548, 31 December 1884, p. 15, letter dated 25 December 1884. Reproduced in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, pp. 174-75.