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System Number: 03750
Date: 26 March 1890
Author: A. Maeterlinck[1]
Place: Antwerp
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M84
Document Type: ALS


A. MAETERLINCK
AVOCAT
RUE ST. PAUL, 39

ANVERS,

LE 26 Mars 1890.

Monsieur

J'ai bien reçu votre lettre du 24 de ce mois[2]. Je vous remercie de l'éloge que vous êtes assez bon de faire de la manière dont j'ai conduit cette affaire. J'ai appris aujourd'hui que M. Sheridan Ford[3] a jugé bon de mettre la frontière entre M. le Procureur du Roi et lui. Mais il reviendra, m'assure son avocat!

J'ai envoyé hier apres midi chez M. le Juge d'instruction pour tacher d'obtenir un exemplaire du volume édité par M. Sheridan Ford, mais M. le Juge n'était [p. 2] plus au Palais; j'y suis allé moi même ce matin, mais sans plus de succes. J'espère être plus heureux demain. Quant à obtenir que l'on vous remette l'édition complète, contre paiement du solde dû à Mme Kohler[4], il y aura quelque difficulté. En effet, la loi commine la confiscation des objets contrefaits. En tous cas, il faudra laisser d'abord le Tribunal correctionnel prononcer. Mme Kohler m'informe que l'exemplaire de l'édition américaine qui lui a servi de manuscrit ne portait d'autre mention que:
Stokes[5], New York
J'espère que ce renseignement pourra vous servir.

Veuillez agréer, Monsieur, l'assurance de mes sentiments dévoués

Alb Maeterlinck

[written at foot of p. 1:] J. McNeill Whistler London


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Translation:

Dear Sir

I have received your letter of the 24th of this month. I thank you for the appreciation which you have been good enough to give of the manner in which I have conducted this matter. I have today learned that Mr. Sheridan Ford has deemed it appropriate to put the frontier between the Royal Prosecutor and himself. But he will return, his lawyer assures me!

I sent yesterday to the examining magistrate to attempt to obtain a copy of the volume edited by Mr. Sheridan Ford, but the magistrate was no [p. 2] longer at the Palace; I went there myself this morning, but with no more success. I hope to be more fortunate tomorrow. As for managing to obtain the complete edition for you, against payment for the sale due to Mrs Kohler, there will be some difficulty. In fact, the law requires the confiscation of counterfeit objects. In any case, the criminal Court must first announce its decision. Mrs Kohler informs me that the copy of the American edition which she used as a manuscript only mentioned:
Stokes, New York
I hope that this information will be of use to you.

Yours faithfully

Alb Maeterlinck

[written at foot of p. 1:] J. McNeill Whistler London


Notes:

1.  A. Maeterlinck
Maître Albert Maeterlinck, attorney in Antwerp [more], acting for JW in preventing the publication in Antwerp of Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890, originally entitled The Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler.

2.  lettre du 24 de ce mois
Not located.

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

4.  Mme Kohler
Mme Kohler, widow of Georges Kohler, printer [more], engaged by Ford to print the volume.

5.  Stokes
Frederick Abbott Stokes (1857-1939), publisher and bookseller [more] of Frederick A. Stokes and Co., New York.