The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
Home > On-line Edition > Search for People > Document Display

return to search results

Documents associated with: Balestier, Wolcott
Record 14 of 17

System Number: 02083
Date: 24 December 1891
Author: William Heinemann[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H184
Document Type: TLS


W. C.

December 24, 1891

My dear Mr. Whistler,

You know the trouble I have been in. You know that I have had to go to Germany to bury poor Balestier[2], - a horrible, sad, and trying errand. But I came back on Monday, and have already seen Appleton's[3] man.

We can now immediately arrange the whole business if it suits you and, if you like, publish the first part quite early in the New Year. I am going to Brighton to-day to get a little fresh air, and shall be back on Tuesday. Please let me know when I can see you and bring Mr. Sheldon[4] with me, (if possible, out of business hours, because you are anyhow burning gas all day), or will you do still better? - will you come up here for breakfast on Wednesday? That would be perfect, and everything could be straight away fixed up.

But I shall have to come down soon, to see what Mrs. Whistler[5] has done. I am most anxious about this, and if what she has done since is nearly as nice as what I saw last, the book[6] will be one of the loveliest things we have ever seen. Please give her my kindest regards, and also Miss Phillips[7] [sic].

(p. 2) I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year, with health, wealth and happiness.

Yours very sincerely,

Wm Heinemann

James M'Neil [sic] Whistler, Esq.

This document is protected by copyright.


1.  William Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

2.  Balestier
Charles Wolcott Balestier (1861-1891), novelist and literary agent [more].

3.  Appleton's
Charles Edward Cutts Birch Appleton (1841-1879), proprietor and editor of The Academy [more].

4.  Mr. Sheldon
Sheldon, unidentified.

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

6.  book
B. Whistler, Illustrations to F. van Eeden, 'Little Johannes' (z225). Some of the woodblocks for these prints are in the Library of Congress. The book was not published as illustrated.

7.  Miss Phillips
Probably Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].