The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 01462
Date: 10 April 1890
Author: Sheridan Ford[1]
Place: [New York?]
Recipient: Editor, New York Herald[2]
Place: [New York]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F394
Document Type: AL[d/c]S

To the Editor of the New York Herald,


I read in your columns that my peaceful little volume "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies[3]" has been stopped by injunction, and confiscated and seized three times. If so, and who would dispute so charming an authority as the New York Herald, it may perhaps be taken as a further proof of the soundness of the good old adage "three times and out." For I assure you that the book is not only "out" but is being "seized" daily on the book-stalls of two continents by amazed and delighted readers. And may I point out, sir, that there is a letter from Frederick Stokes & Brother[4], publishers, of New York City, (p. 2) according full permission for their imprint to be placed upon the volume. In a career of some years as a writer, nothing has given me more joy than that which I experience in the refreshing role of "pirate" - while the author of the "Ten O'Clock", in the - to him - unwonted character of the distressed and demoralized "lamb" - bleats a feeble accompaniment to the [illegible] gentle measure marked by my grey goose-quill.

I am, Sir, Yours etc

Sheridan Ford.

April 10, 1890.

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

2.  Editor, New York Herald
Not identified.

3.  The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890.

4.  Frederick Stokes & Brother
Frederick Abbott Stokes (1857-1939), publisher and bookseller [more], and Horace Stokes, publisher and bookseller [more].