System Number: 07510
Date: [18 November 1898]
Recipient: William Heinemann
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler X80a
Document Type: ALdfS
This is no mere easy ingratitude on my part as a friend. Of far
deeper more revolting greater magnitude is the crime villainy - I will not stop to dilate upon it - suffices to say that Napoleon & I do these things! - And France shall have the Baronet first! - and indeed the refusal should be hers - who has already provided presided at his toilette!
J. McN. Whistler
Courage mon ami ! à un de ces jours
As to New York - I must leave that entirely to yourself -
You tell me that they meant well - and naturally
steeped themselves in crime
This is a partial draft of #02257. The main body of this letter is written in black ink, but JW's signature and postscript, written in pencil, appear to be later insertions. A second draft letter is written on the verso (JW to a newspaper editor, #13256).
This relates to the publication of Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24], JW's account of his dispute with Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more], over Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408), a portrait of Eden's wife. For the full letter, see JW to W. Heinemann, #02257.
5. Courage mon ami
'Courage ... jours', Fr., Courage, my friend! we shall meet again.