The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 11428
Date: 25 April 1890
Author: Romeike and Curtice[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLc[2]

SIR, -

I beg to draw your attention to the contents of your letter[3] to the Scots Observer, dated April 12th, in which you state that you "regret the ridiculous Romeike has not hitherto sent me your agreeable literature."

This statement, had it been true, was spiteful and injurious, but being untrue (entirely) it becomes malicious, and I must ask you at once to apologise.

And at the same time to draw your attention to the fact that we have supplied you with 807 cuttings.

We have written to the Scots Observer for an ample apology, or the matter will be placed in our solicitor's hands, and we demand the same of you.

Yours obediently,



April 25, 1890.

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1.  Romeike and Curtice
Henry Romeike, founder of the news agency [more].

2.  PLc
Published in the Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London, 1890, p. 282, under the heading 'The End of the Piece'. JW also published his apology (#11429).

3.  letter
See #11427.