Documents associated with: Paris, Cour d'appel de
Record 3 of 12
System Number: 04719
Date: [11 October 1897]
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P359
Document Type: ALS
Now my dear Major I shall probably come over quite suddenly at the end of the week -
Probably leaving by friday night or Saturday morning - So I want you to have ready for me all the bits, writings, cuttings etc. that [p. 2] refer to the Eden case, as I wired to you this morning - French articles - together with my Interview in the "Journal" if you can come upon it -
Also especially to try and find all about George Moore and the duel - especially the official letters of Mirebeau [sic] & Griffin as seconds - and their further letter that was published in the Independence Belge in which they said that Mr Moore is disqualified in all that concerns a gentleman . . .
I shall be in an awful hurry I suppose!
I may tell you that I have two capital letters to take to Beurdeley - one from Webb - a propos of the Baronets affair with John Swann - & the the [sic] other from "wee Thomson" in which [he] tells in detail the story of Sir Williams refusal to take 250. for the picture!! -
I had better let this go as it is I think for it is [sic] late -
With the pleasantest things to you all
'OCT. 12 1897'à
aux soins de
Monsieur McNeill Whistler
110. Rue du Bac.
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / ONE HALF PENNY
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND REVENUE / 6d
[postmark:] CONTINENTAL NIGHT MAIL / OC 11 
[postmark on verso:] 9 PARIS 9 / DISTRIBUTION / 1E 12 / OCT / 97
1. 11 October 1897
Dated from the postmark. The date of receipt was added in an unknown hand on the envelope.
The stationery has a deep mourning border.
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more]. On 4 March 1895 Eden brought an action against JW for not handing over the portrait of his wife, Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408). JW was not satisfied with the manner and amount of payment for it. Judgement went against JW. JW's appeal was heard in Paris in December 1897, the original judgement was reversed and he was allowed to keep the picture. It is now in the Hunterian Art Gallery. In Paris on 13 May 1899 JW published his account of the Eden case: Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].