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System Number: 11835
Date: 17 March [1868][1]
Author: [JW][2]
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[3]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscripts Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/46/12
Document Type: MsL

'Whistler 17[4] Mch 1868 re Haden'


Dear Rose

Please send a line[6] by bearer to let me know if I may meet you at the Club[7] this evening as I wish much to talk[8] with you

In haste
Yours sincerely

J. A. McN. Whistler

2 Lindsay Row

Tuesday March 17th.

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1.  17 March [1868]
Year date from day of week.

2.  [JW]
This letter is written and signed in another unknown hand on JW's behalf.

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

4.  Whistler 17 ... Haden
Written in another hand (perhaps that of Rose) at right-angles in left-hand margin.

5.  12
Written in another hand.

6.  line
J. A. Rose's reply is untraced.

7.  Club
Perhaps the Arundel, a literary, scientific and artistic Club of which J. A. Rose was a member. It was located at 12 Salisbury St, The Strand, next door to Rose's offices at No 11.

8.  talk
JW probably wished to discuss the legal action for slander threatened by Wrentmore & Son on behalf of their client, Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more]. In April 1867, JW quarrelled with Haden, over his treatment of James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more]. Traer died on a trip to Paris, allegedly in a brothel. Haden arranged for Traer's burial, with what JW and his brother William regarded as unseemly haste. Haden later claimed that JW had pushed him through a plate glass window. Both JW and Haden were members of the Burlington Fine Arts Club. In the aftermath of the Traer affair, Haden campaigned for JW to be excluded from the Club (#02240). JW was expelled at a meeting of the Club on 13 December (see JW to W. Boxall, #00498). JW continued to fight his case (see, for example, JW to Burlington Club, #00448, JW to Capt. Hunter Davidson, #00802). However, in a new development, JW received a letter from Haden's solicitor, Wrentmore & Son on 4 February 1868 (#11981). It requested that he state the full details and context regarding 'certain reflections which you are reported to have made on the character and conduct of our Client Mr. Francis Seymour Haden.' In reply, JW wrote of his astonishment that the firm should write to the 'proposed victim coolly requesting him to furnish the evidence upon which to form a lawsuit' (#10762). Later, it emerged that Haden was writing a pamphlet on J. R. Traer (#11839). JW guessed that Haden hoped that he would 'produce some letter which he may print and contradict in his book' (op. cit.) in response.