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System Number: 07545
Date: [26 February 1868][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/46/11
Document Type: ALS

'recd 26 Febr 1868'[3]

2 Lindsey Row


Dear Rose -

If you have been able to look through the papers and also letter from Capt. Davidson[4] I left with you the other night, will you give them to my servant - with I should so like to see the answer you have sent to Wrentmore[5]! - Do you think that you might have all these letters and the answers copied for me [p. 2] I should greatly like to have them by me as a solace when otherwise depressed! -

My letter to D'Azeglio[6] I want to have printed for "Private circulation" at once if possible that it may not become too stale - with any changes in it you may think prudent, though I hope that the points may remain, as I have tried to keep the [p. 3] tone calmly courteous throughout and have expunged all strong epithets - The passage:

".... in order that they might be more closely identified with one whose practices of amateur detective and reporter of conversations at his own table are detestable in any society of Gentlemen" might perhaps be altered to

".... with one, who as Amateur detective has turned their Committee room[7] into a "private enquiry "office", and who as [p. 4] reporter of conversations at his own table surely should be avoided (or scouted? or detes shunned?) in any Society of Gentlemen" -

I have just had a very polite little note from d'Azeglio[8], saying that he has received my letter and will preserve it, that he has not as yet had a chance to read it, as he is in the middle of a move from Grosvenor St to the Albany but writes meanwhile his acknowledgement, and says moreover that every one has[9] a right "to be heard."

Ever Yours.
With thanks

J A M Whistler -

'Whistler 26 Feby 1868'[10]

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1.  [26 February 1868]
The recipient received the letter on 26 February 1868. An almanack confirms that this was a Wednesday.

2.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].

3.  'recd 26 Febr 1868'
Added in another hand.

4.  letter from Capt. Davidson
A letter from Captain Hunter Davidson (1827-1913), Senate of the General Assembly of Maryland [more], denouncing the conduct of H. H. Doty, was dated 7 February 1868 (#00804).

5.  Wrentmore
Wrentmore and Son, solicitors for Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more].

6.  letter to D'Azeglio
On 6 January 1868 JW answered the Burlington Club's accusations against him, in a letter to Vittorio Emanuelle Taparelli (1816-1890), Marquis D'Azeglio, Sardinian Ambassador and collector [more] (#00448). It was never published.

7.  their Committee room
ie., the Burlington Club.

8.  note from d'Azeglio
Not located.

9.  has ... Whistler -
The remaining part of the letter is written up the right margin and into the space at the top of the page.

10.  'Whistler 26 Feby 1868'
Cross written by J. A. Rose (or clerk) at foot of page, upside-down.