The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02402
Date: 29 September [1891][1]
Author: Henry James[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler J23
Document Type: ALS


Sept 29th

My dear Whistler -

Heinemann[3] tells me that you & Mrs. Whistler[4] are amiably disposed to go & see "The American[5]." (8.20)

Kindly accept the enclosed - for Thurs-[p. 2]day night - on presentation of which at the box-office you will be instantly & obsequiously conducted to the two best stalls in the house,

Ever yours & Mrs. Whistler's

Henry James

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1.  29 September [1891]
Dated by reference to play (see below).

2.  Henry James
Henry James (1843-1916), writer [more].

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

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

5.  The American
Henry James's play The American was adapted from the novel of that name. Wolcott Balestier, his literary agent who was, like Heinemann, involved in the publication of Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, negotiated a contract between James and Edward Compton of the Compton Comedy Company, who took the play on tour before its opening at the Opera Comique Theatre in London on 26 September 1891. It starred Elizabeth Robins and Kate Bateman, both of whom were known to JW. It was not very successful, ran for 70 performances, and made no profit. It would appear that James made some effort to boost attendance by giving away tickets, in this case, to the Whistlers.