The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02086
Date: 11 April 1894
Author: William Heinemann[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H187
Document Type: TLf



April 11, 1894

My dear Whistler,

Many, many thanks for your charming little note[2]. Yes, indeed; what a narrow escape[3]!

As for poor Le Caron[4], we buried him on Saturday, and now the papers declare that he is not dead at all, but that we are keeping him somewhere locked up - in a box, I suppose.

Let me know when the article[5] is to be prepared; and also about the other.

I saw George Moore[6] the other day. He was very full of his new novel which has just appeared, and which they say is a great success, but which Mrs. Grundy - in the shape of W. H. Smith & Son[7] - does not consider fit for the British Public. I believe he is very cut-up about that: he has been trying so long to become respectable.

This morning Rothenstein[8] was here, and he was quite ridiculous, declaring that under no circumstances would you do any of those lithographs[9]. Of course you will, my dear Whitsler [sic], and we will send them out with trumpeting and flying flags. Send me a note and say yes. Please do [...].

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

2.  your charming little note

3.  narrow escape
On 4 April 1894, Heinemann narrowly escaped an anarchist attack on Foyot's, a Paris restaurant (see #10791).

4.  Le Caron
Thomas Miller Beach (1841-1894), alias Henri Le Caron, British secret service agent [more]. He was a spy for the British among the Fenians in the USA, whose role was revealed when he was subpoenaed by the Times during the Parnell enquiry. Heinemann published his autobiography, Le Caron, H., Twenty-five Years in the Secret Service, London, 1892. Le Caron died on 1 April 1894 after a nervous breakdown.

5.  article
Perhaps Rothenstein, W., and Thomas R. Way, 'Some Remarks on Artistic Lithography,' The Studio, vol. 3, no. 13, April 1894, pp.16-20.

6.  George Moore
George Moore (1852-1933), novelist and art critic [more].

7.  W. H. Smith & Son
Chain of booksellers.

8.  Rothenstein
William Rothenstein (1872-1945), artist [more].

9.  lithographs
Songs on Stone (excat 19); in fact JW did not publish a set of lithographs with Heinemann.