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System Number: 05816
Date: 3 November 1894
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T161
Document Type: ALS

[Royal coat of arms]


3 Nov. 1894

Dear Mr Whistler,

I am sending you a Catalogue of a Sale in Edinburgh on Tuesday next, which contains No. 586
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies Edited by Sheridan Ford[2] - New York F. Stokes & Brother[3] 1890.

[p. 2] As I think you can confiscate this book & in any case stop the sale I send you the information so that you can wire write or telegraph to Dowell[4] who are respectable people & who in any case would probably withdraw the book if requested.

I leave the matter to you as I have no locus standi[5] to inf interfere.

It will be time enough to write if you post before 4.30, or you could write to me enclosing a note for Dowell & I will write to them, but your personal authority is necessary.

[p. 3] The other things are the usual kind of thing.

I have been as usual greatly pressed at this time of year, but there is very little of interest to tell. The English Art Club[6] opens soon next week & the works go in to on Monday. No one can send in unless he or she is introduced by two members. I wonder how an announcement of that kind would be received from the Academy. Fancy having to collar two full blown Academicians [p. 4] before the R. A. would even look at a picture - I don't like the principle at all!

I hear from Pennell[7] & Gutekunst[8] that you are dreadfully busy & that all the world is rushing to you for portraits. The world is right for once & I only wish I was one of the lot -

Mrs Whistler[9] gave most wonderful pleasure to my wee lassies[10] who are very well & very happy looking forward to Nov. 5th for fireworks & Guy Fawkes.

I hope you are keeping in good health & remain

Yours very truly

D. C. Thomson

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1.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

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

3.  F. Stokes & Brother
Publishers of Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890.

4.  locus standi
Lat., a right to interfere.

5.  Dowell
Auctioneer in Edinburgh; sale, 7 November 1894.

6.  English Art Club
A New English Art Club exhibition.

7.  Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

8.  Gutekunst
Otto Gutekunst (b. ca 1865 - after 1939), art dealer [more].

9.  Mrs Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

10.  my wee lassies
It is not known what Beatrix Whistler had given to Thomson's daughters.