The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13335
Date: [5 December 1891?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: J. H. Copleston[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler E52b
Document Type: ALdI

Dear Mr Coplestone [sic] -

I am much obliged to you for sending me the [obscure?] little communication[3] from the man Ford[4] - If you ask I shall send it to my lawyers, but if meanwhile you ask me for my own opinion I should my fancy is that my Solicitor Mr George Lewis[5] would consider its publication in any paper in England as clear a case of ob virulent libel as he could wish to sue for -

Very faithfully Yrs -

Any further comment is m

You know and have doubtless published in your paper that this Sheridan Ford was sentenced in the Criminal Courts of Justice in Antwerp - to six months imprisonment in default of payment of fine and damages for piracy -

he is therefore at this moment an outlaw and a condemned felon and an outlaw -

Very faithfully Yours

For my own part I dont for a moment believe that the poor wretch ever could have given a recitation in any hall - he has neither a sum with which to hire the hall - nor a soul to listen to him in it - I would however be much pleased if you could give me any further details -

With many thanks
Yours very faithfully

J W-

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1.  [5 December 1891?]
This is a draft reply to #01064, which is dated '4 December 1891', and is written in pencil on the verso of that document. See also #01066.

2.  J. H. Copleston
J. H. Copleston, journalist [more].

3.  communication
Enclosed with #01064 is a draft printed newspaper clipping entitled 'Is Art Upon the Town?', which quotes some lines of verse lampooning JW, from a public recital in the Salles des Fêtes, Hotel Continental, Paris entitled 'The Folly of Art', by S. Ford. See #01464, untranscribed.

4.  Ford
Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more].

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