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System Number: 00141
Date: 20 November 1891
Author: Frederick Hovey Allen[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A140
Document Type: ALS


FREDERICK H. ALLEN,
COUNSELLOR AT LAW.

TELEPHONE "No. 920 NEW."
CABLE ADDRESS:
"ORANGEMUSK, NEW YORK."

59 34 & 36 WALL STREET,
GALLATIN BANK BUILDING,
NEW YORK,

Nov 20 1891

My dear Sir,

I have just returned from Europe and find a note from Mr. Bigelow[2] enclosing one from you requesting me to send an affidavit stating in what manner Mr. & Mrs. Sheridan Ford[3] had imposed upon me in representing that they had closed a contract with you to come to America, and getting me upon such representation to send them £100 - I should be glad to state those facts at any time, and am only sorry that the time has apparently passed when such an affidavit would be of use to you. The date you mention is Oct 26[4] last. If there has been any delay in the hearing of your case, pray cable me and I will send one.

Yours truly

F. H. Allen

J. McNeil [sic] Whistler Eq
21 Cheyne Walk - Chelsea London S. W.

[p. 2, written in another hand, in pencil:]
'Fred Allen
Letter to Bigelow
Letter from JW.'

'110 R du Bac'


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Notes:

1.  Frederick Hovey Allen
Frederick Hovey Allen (1845-1926), congressional minister and writer on art [more].

2.  Mr. Bigelow
Melville Madison Bigelow (1846-1921), Professor of law [more].

3.  Mr. & Mrs. Sheridan Ford
Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more]; and Mary Bacon Ford, née Martin, art agent [more]. JW was attempting to stop publication of Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890, and to seize copies of the book.

4.  Oct 26
The hearing of JW's case in Antwerp was held on 26 October. The verdict was in JW's favour.