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System Number: 06217
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 W212
Document Type: MsLS


MAURICE LEROUX[3]
TRADUCTEUR JURÉ PRÈS LA COUR D'APPEL
161 R. ST.-JACQUES, 161

Geo et Wm Webb

11 Austin Friars
Old Bond Street
Londres,

20 février 1895.

Cher Monsieur,

M. Whistler & Mr. W. Eden[4]

M. Beurdeley[5] nous a demandé de vous envoyer £105, somme que M. Whistler nous a payée le 9 Novembre dernier et que nous avons alors offerte aux Sollicitors de M. W. Eden, que nous leur avons ensuite adressée le 14 Novembre et qu'ils nous ont renvoyée le 15 Novembre. M. Beurdeley a des copies de toutes les lettres établissant celà. Nous lui avons envoyé les lettres originales de M. M Watkins Baylis[6], les Sollicitors de M. W. Eden.

En ce qui concerne nos lettres à M. M Watkins Baylis, nous en avons envoyé à M. Beurdeley des copies [p. 2] certifiées. Dans nos tribunaux, la pratique serait, pour nous, d'inviter la partie adverse à produire les lettres originales et d'admettre comme copies véritables les copies que nous avons envoyées à M. Beurdeley.

Nous n' indiquons celà que comme proposition. Vous saurez, naturellement ce que vous aurez à faire suivant la procédure adoptée dans vos tribunaux. S'il était nécessaire de prouver ces lettres quelqu'un de notre bureau se rendrait à Paris pour ce faire, mais nous espérons que ces frais seront inutiles. Vous comprenez que nous travaillons avec vous pour gagner le procès et que M. Whistler désire que nous coopérions dans les voies que vous indiquerez.

Vos dévoués

Geo & Wm Webb.

Traduction certifiée
Conforme à l'original
Paris, 25 février 1895

Mce Leroux

[printed stamp:] TRADUCTEUR JURÉ
PRÈS LA COUR D'APPEL
MCE LEROUX
161, R. ST-JACQUES, 161
NO

M. Anthony Ratier
68 rue de la Chausée d'Antin -
Paris


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Translation:

Dear Mr Whistler and M. W. Eden

Mr Beurdeley asked us to send you £105, the sum that Mr Whistler paid us on the 9th of November last and that we then offered to M. W. Eden's Solicitors, that we consequently sent them on the 14th of November and that they sent back to us on the 15th of November. Mr Beurdeley has copies of all the letters establishing this. We have sent him the original letters from M. M Watkins Baylis, the Solicitors of M. W. Eden.

With regards to our letters to Mr M Watkins Baylis, we sent certified copies of them to Mr Beurdeley. In our courts, the practise would be, for us, to invite the opposing party to produce the original letters and to accept the copies that we sent to Mr Beurdeley as veritable copies.

We are only pointing this out as a suggestion. You will be aware, naturally of what you will have to do in accordance with the procedure adopted in your courts. If it were necessary to authenticate these letters someone from our Office would go to Paris to do so, but we hope that these expenses will not be necessary. You understand that we are working with you to win the trial and that it is Mr Whistler's wish that we co-operate in the ways that you specify.

Your devoted

Geo & Wm Webb.


Notes:

1.  George and 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], JW's solicitors.

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

3.  MAURICE LEROUX
Maurice Leroux, translator for the Cour d'Appel, Paris.

4.  M. 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.  M. Beurdeley
Paul Beurdeley (1842-after 1902), advocate at the Cour d'Appel, Paris [more].

6.  Watkins Baylis
Watkins, Baylis and Co., solicitors for Eden.