The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08457
Date: [June 1890][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/5
Document Type: ALS

'[ca. 1892]'[3]


Dear Mr Heinemann -

I wonder if you are in a noble mood?! -

The irritated people have been coming down upon me unceasingly at the end of the season, and now, that I would like to get away, I am rather crippled! -

What do you think? -

Would you mind anticipating by a few days, the settling up between gracious publisher [p. 2] and timid author - and if there be a pretty balance, sending the shining cheque now? -

If this be your humour, do not be deterred by mere detail of date - and let not your left hand know[4] what is delt [sic] out by your generous right hand! . -

En tous cas
Always charming

[butterfly signature]

You see Balestier[5], the bad, has bolted with the dollar bags, and I have not as yet been offered "one cent" of his countrys currency!! or I should not dream of writing to you -

I thought they[6] were going to gild top edges of the Edition de Luxe??

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1.  [June 1890]
Dated by reference to publication (see below).

2.  William Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more]. He was about to publish Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890.

3.  '[ca. 1892]'
Added in another hand.

4.  let not your left hand know
Allusion to Matthew 6.3 - 'But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth'.

5.  Balestier
Charles Wolcott Balestier (1861-1891), novelist and literary agent [more]. JW's agreement with the American publisher John Wurtele Lovell (1852-1932), publisher [more], is dated 29 May 1890 (#02645).

6.  I thought they
The remainder of the text appears on p. 1.