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System Number: 06214
Date: 15 November 1894
Author: George and William Webb[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Watkins, Baylis and Co.[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W209b
Document Type: MsLc[3]

11 Austin Friars Old Broad Street
London E C

15th Novr 1894.

Dear Sirs

The cheque for £105 which we sent you & which you returned to us has duly arrived.

We did not intend to imply that you arranged to receive the cheque on Wednesday as we fully understood your letter.

It is probable that on a little consideration your client[4] will alter his mind & accept the £105. We should be glad therefore if you would communicate with us upon that point within as early a period as possible, say a fortnight.

Yours truly

Geo: & Wm Webb.

Messrs Watkins Baylis & Co.
11. Sackville Street

We hereby certify that we have examined the foregoing copy letters with the originals thereof and such copies are true copies of the said original letters

Dated this 20 day of February 1895

William Bowles[5]

Percy Williams[6]

Clerks to Mess. Geo & Wm Webb
11 Austin Friars London E C

[p. 2] Certified copies of Messrs Geo & Wm Webb's letters to Mess: Watkins Baylis & Co.

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1.  George & William Webb
JW's solicitors.

2.  Watkins, Baylis and Co.
Solicitors for Sir William Eden.

3.  MsLc
Written in the hand of a clerk. This letter was copied and certified by Bowles and Williams (see note below) on 20 February 1895, along with G. & W. Webb to Watkins, Baylis & Co, #06212 and #06213.

4.  your client
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more]. This relates to JW's dispute with Eden over Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408), a portrait of Eden's wife. On St Valentine's Day, 1894, with the picture nearing completion, Eden sent JW a cheque for 100 guineas. But JW was dissatisfied with the portrait and refused to hand it over to Eden, believing it was the artist's right to withhold a picture until he felt it was fit to leave the studio. When Eden instituted legal proceedings against him in November 1894 in order to retrieve the portrait, JW returned the cheque (the £105 referred to here). In 1899, JW published an account of the affair in Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].

5.  William Bowles
William Bowles, clerk to G. & W. Webb, JW's lawyers.

6.  Percy Williams
Percy Williams, legal clerk to G. & W. Webb.