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System Number: 06215
Date: 20 February 1895
Author: George and William Webb[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Antoine Ratier[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W210
Document Type: MsLc[3]


Enc draft for £105
Register

TELEPHONE NUMBER 1282
TO PREVENT DELAY / PLEASE ADDRESS
GEO. & WM. WEBB.
ALL COMMUNICATIONS ON BUSINESS / TO THE FIRM.

11, AUSTIN FRIARS, BROAD STREET,
LONDON, E. C.

20 Feby 1895

Dear Sir

Mr Whistler & Sir W. Eden[4]

Mr Beurdeley[5] has asked us to forward you £105, being the amount which Mr Whistler paid to us on the 9th Nov last & which we then offered to Sir W. Edens Solicitors & which we subsequently sent them on the 14th Novr & they returned to us on the 15 Novr. Mr. Beurdeley has copies[6] of all the letters that show this. We have sent him the original letters from Messrs Watkins Baylis the Solicitors of Sir W. Eden.

With regard to our letters to Messrs Watkins Baylis, we have sent Mr. Beurdeley certified copies. In our Courts the practice would be for us to give notice to the other side to produce the original letters, and to admit as true copies, the [p. 2] copies we have sent Mr. Beurdeley. We only mention it by way of suggestion to you. You will of course know what to do according to the process of your Courts. Should it be necessary to prove these letters someone from our office will attend in Paris to do this, but we hope expense will be unnecessary. You will understand that we are working with you to win this cause, and that Mr Whistler wishes us to co-operate in every way that you direct.

Yours truly,

Geo & Wm Webb

M. Anthony Ratier
68 Rue de Chausse de Antin
Paris


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Notes:

1.  George & William Webb
George Webb (b. ca 1835), of G. and W. Webb. lawyer [more], William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

2.  Antoine Ratier
Antoine ('Antony') Ratier (b. 1851), lawyer and politician [more].

3.  MsLc
Written in the hand of a clerk.

4.  Mr Whistler & Sir W. Eden
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). On St Valentine's Day, 1894, with the picture nearing completion, Eden sent JW a cheque for 100 guineas. 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.  Mr Beurdeley
Paul Beurdeley (1842-after 1902), advocate at the Cour d'Appel, Paris [more].

6.  copies
See letters from Webb to Watkins, Baylis and Co., #06212, #06213, #06214.