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System Number: 00406
Date: 4 June 1890
Author: G. B. W. Gay[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Thorndike Nourse[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B183
Document Type: ALS


BRENTANO'S,
PUBLISHERS, BOOKSELLERS, IMPORTERS,
STATIONERS, MUSIC AND NEWSDEALERS.

THE ROUND HOUSE,
430, STRAND.
ENTRANCE IN KING WILLIAM STREET.
LONDON

June 4th 1890

NEW YORK - 5, UNION SQUARE.
CHICAGO - 205 & 206, WABASH AVENUE.
WASHINGTON - 1,015 PENN. AVENUE.
PARIS - 17, AVENUE DE L'OPERA.

Thorndike Nourse Esq.
2 Austin Friars, E. C.

Dear Sir

In reply to your post card of 30th ult. we beg to make the following remarks.

1st Our Paris house in the ordinary course of business sent us the a/c for 12fs. 60 to collect for them.

2nd This London Branch has not sold any of Mr. S. Ford's[3] spurious edn. of "Gentle Art of Making Enemies"[4] although he has deposited six copies [p. 2] with us for sale. These we have now waiting to be called for by him.

3rd Our Paris house write us that Mr. S. Ford called and left a few copies of the said book with them "On Sale" without their order. He being a customer they received them, not knowing at the time that the work was an infringement of Mr. Whistler's copyright. Immediately they were informed of this fact by the police, they cabled Mr. S. Ford and stopped its sale.

4th Our Paris house say that as they have the pleasure of knowing both Mr. Whistler and yourself as customers, you will readily believe them when they say that they do their best [p. 3] to discourage and stop the sale of American editions of English copyright books.

Very much regretting the unfortunate circumstances we beg you as a favor to communicate the contents of this letter to Mr. Whistler.

Yrs. faithfully

Brentano's

G B W Gay.

London Manager.


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Notes:

1.  G. B. W. Gay
G. B. W. Gay, London manager of Brentano's, Publishers and Booksellers [more].

2.  Thorndike Nourse
Thorndike Nourse, a lawyer [more].

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

4.  "Gentle Art of Making Enemies"
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890. JW's version was Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890.