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System Number: 08465
Date: [May/June 1892][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]


33. Rue de Tournon. Paris -

My dear Publisher -

How very nice of you! - I am sure the box will be a great boon - and quite an arsenal, for future Editions of the Gentle Art[5]. -

Herewith the revises -

I want you to tell McCall[6] that he has not got the chic of the last two pages of the Catalogue at all - (pages 330. and 331.)

Look how much better this is in the original Brown paper Catalogue (Way's[7])

I send you the pages (28 & 29) for reference -

I want [p. 2] McCall to get the placing of the par[agraph]s. something like it is in Way's -

For this purpose he will have to begin on page 328 - and bring down the Resumé etc . .

It is all very easy, but it is very awkwardly managed just now -

Always -

[butterfly signature]

I have done you six beautiful new Butterflies[8] - which I hope you will like for I have taken lots of trouble -

Ever so many thanks from both of us[9] for Balestier's[10] Book!.
Just come.

Tell us some news -

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1.  [May/June 1892]
Dated from address and reference to Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892.

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

3.  ALS
Written in purple ink.

4.  '[1892]'
Added at top in another hand.

5.  Gentle Art
Cited in date note above.

6.  McCall
Charles McCall (b. ca 1844- d. 1908), printer [more].

7.  Way's
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more], who had printed the catalogue for Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

8.  Butterflies
JW designed butterflies for each letter and notes (see r. and v.: Butterfly (M.1261), et seq.).

9.  both of us
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], and JW.

10.  Balestier's book
Charles Wolcott Balestier (1861-1891), novelist and literary agent [more]. The reference is probably to Balestier's novel The Average Woman: A Common Story, published posthumously by Heinemann in 1892.