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System Number: 13174
Date: 16 March 1868
Author: Wrentmore & Son[1]
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell Whistler Collection, PWC 2/17
Document Type: ALS

43 Lin Inn Fields W. C.

16th March 1868

Dear Sir

Haden & Whistler

Favor us as to an answer[3] to our letter[4] of the 20th Febry -

Yours faithfy

Wrentmore & Son

J. A. Rose Esqre
11 Salisbury St

'Wrentmore[5] & Son
16th March 1868.

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1.  Wrentmore & Son
Firm of solicitors acting for Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more] (see note below).

2.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more]. This letter concerns JW's lengthy dispute with F. S. Haden and the Burlington Fine Arts Club, a club for artists and connoisseurs. In late April 1867 JW quarrelled with Haden over his treatment of James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more]. Traer had died on a trip to Paris on 23 April of alcohol related causes. Haden arranged for Traer's burial with what JW and his brother William regarded as unseemly haste. Haden later claimed that in the resulting confrontation in a Paris café JW had pushed him through a plate glass window. Both JW and Haden were members of the Burlington Club and in the aftermath of the Traer affair Haden campaigned for JW to be excluded from the club, having brought to its attention several alleged previous incidents of assault involving JW (JW to L. Huth, #02240). JW was expelled at a general meeting of the Club on 13 December (see JW to W. Boxall, #00498). Undeterred, he appealed to the President of the Club, the Vittorio Emanuelle Taparelli (1816-1890), Marquis D'Azeglio, Sardinian Ambassador and collector [more] (who had been absent from the meeting) in January 1868 (see JW to Marquis D'Azeglio, #00448). He also attempted to discredit Haden's allegations, much to Haden's anger (see, for example, JW to H. Davidson, #00802). Later he threatened to make known his version of the 'facts' of Haden's case against him 'not only in London but in Paris' (see JW to F. S. Haden, #01939).

3.  answer
See J. A. Rose's reply, #12132.

4.  letter
See Wrentmore & Son to J. A. Rose, #12133.

5.  Wrentmore ... Whistler
Written on far left side of sheet, possibly in another hand.