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Record 17 of 17

System Number: 09855
Date: [21 June 1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York
Call Number: MA 3840
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac. Paris -

Two words of welcome to the returning Publisher! - Bravo! - Hurrah! Here we are again! -

Well my dear Heinemann I suppose you have of course become a terrible [p. 2] Yankee - & will be an awful trial in your club to the untravelled members! -

It is awfully nice of you to have at once written to us - and very thoughtful & kind to tell me all about my things in the Exhibition [3]- - I don't see how the devil anything can have gone wrong with the frames? - You surely don't mean that any of the pictures are without[4] frames? - Do write me another line and [p. 3] explain a little further - Also if you have a catalogue of the Art Department, do post it to me at once - We will take great care of it and return it when you come over -

As to the Lovel[5] account, I don't pretend to understand - Only of course it is nonsense for them to propose that after these years of selling they do not owe me a large sum! -

Everybody says they are swindlers - and I only had one little tiny cheque from Balestier[6] at the beginning! -

Enfin nous verrons[7] -

[p. 4] Paris is lovely -

Ask the "Black & White[8]" what they will pay for the [two deleted words, illegible] Mallarmé[9]?

A bientôt then!

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [21 June 1893]
Dated by the holder of the letter, the Pierpont Morgan Library.

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

3.  things in the Exhibition
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50), Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181) and Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242) were in World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.

4.  without
Double underlined.

5.  Lovel
John Wurtele Lovell (1852-1932), publisher [more].

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

7.  Enfin nous verrons
Fr., now we will see.

8.  Black and White
A weekly illustrated record and review, which ran from 1891 to 1912.

9.  Mallarme
Stéphane Mallarmé (C.60).