The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02439
Date: [25 March 1890][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Mrs George Köhler[2]
Place: [Antwerp]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler K22
Document Type: ALd

Madame -

I send you enclosed cutting from the Pall Mall Gazette, and the N Y. Herald[3]. which I trust hope you will be pleased with -

I thought that perhaps you would prefer your name being kept out of the paper, and so begged that it might not appear.

Now I hope your son[4] will be so amiable as to sit down and write me a little letter giving me a pretty description of Master Ford's[5] appearance and behaviour when the seizure was made known to him! - It must have been most interesting! - I should have so much have [sic] liked to have seen him - I hope Mr. Kohler will forget no detail in his description.

What a I am afraid he is shocking bad lot they this this desperate little Yankee adventurer Ford, and I am sorry that you should have been disturbed by him -

When I again come cross over to Belgium I shall certainly do myself the pleasure of calling upon you in Antwerp. that I may thank you again for your [cour?]

With Pray present my kindest compliments to your daughters[6], and beg them to accept my thanks [...]

[p. 2][7] and this time the plotter outflanked, has his bagage [sic] wagons carried off and demoralized

his efforts him, has this Thi The strangely unfortunate schemer in who sought fortune in

There is a smack of mischief in the manner of punishment justice which on each occasion, would seem to have witheld the climax of its administration until the completion of the offence, for it must be remembered that the forbidden book[8] was already in print before its issue was prevented - and now this fated truly unfortunate [...]

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1.  [25 March 1890]
This is an incomplete draft of a letter so dated, #13809.

2.  Mrs George Köhler
Mme Kohler, widow of Georges Kohler, printer [more].

3.  Pall Mall Gazette, and the N Y. Herald
These relate to reports of the lawsuit, which ended with the seizure of copies of Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890, in Antwerp.

4.  son
Kohler, son of Georges Kohler, printer.

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

6.  daughters
Mlle Kohler, daughter of G. Kohler, printer [more]. See JW's letter to Miss Kohler, #02440 and #13811.

7.  [p. 2]
The tone of the draft appears to change radically at this point, suggesting that the rest of the document relates to another letter, and was written to an unidentified recipient. The image of baggage wagons being 'carried off' is used in JW's letters to E. G. Kennedy in December 1892 with reference to Cavafy (see for example #09828), but there need not be a direct connection here.

8.  the forbidden book
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890.