The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07651
Date: [7 March 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Joseph Pennell[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 272/13/8
Document Type: ALS

You have only to sit hard and say nothing until you hear in some official way[3] -

Then you will know - though you will say nothing - that I had not forgotten.

A propos of "way", what of "Tom[4], the Printers Son"? - You have never told me[5] whether you still persevere with those people? .

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[postcard:] Monsieur Joseph Pennell
14. Buckingham Street.
[postmark:] PARIS / DEPART / 9E 7 / MARS / 98
[postmark:] BEDFORD STREET S. O. / W. C. / 7.30.PM / MR 8 / 98


1.  [7 March 1898]
Dated from the postmark.

2.  Joseph Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

3.  official way
Pennell was invited to join the committee of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers; see his reply to JW, #04576.

4.  Tom
Thomas Robert Way (1861-1913), printer, lithographer and painter [more]. JW quarrelled with the Ways the previous year over some unfinished canvases that they had acquired for a guinea at the time of JW's bankruptcy. JW also owed the Ways a bill going back many years (see Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Whistler Journal, Philadelphia, 1921, pp. 133-34 and Way, Thomas Robert, Memories of James McNeill Whistler, the Artist, London and New York, 1912, pp. 131-39).

5.  told me
The rest of the letter is written in the left margin at right angles to the main text.