System Number: 07791
Date: [24 October 1894]
Recipient: Joseph Pennell
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 272/3/9
Document Type: ALS
'[1894 Oct. 24]'
110 Rue du Bac - Paris -
My dear Joseph -
I was sorry indeed to see so little of you the other day when you pushed through Paris in such improper haste! - I wanted to have a long talk with you about Spain - We meant you to tell us of all your experiences there - and what your feelings were when you looked at Velasquez - whom we have, you know, never yet seen! -
McColl, you say didn't like Velasquez! [p. 2] or was disappointed in him! -
Also she will understand all about the paragraph about the telegram I gave you -
Your wife was much interested in the whole Du Maurier business - and I promised her that when the Harpers apology had appeared in the papers (that was what we were waiting for) she should have the story of the telegram, as the final dénouement or bouquet of the entire affair.
Now say to her with my compliments that it would be an excellent business if the paragraphs you put carefully in your pocket book were to come out all over the place! - in the provincial papers as well as in London! - Does she not think so? for you see the Du Maurier lot have tried to make it look as if the Harpers' apology had nothing whatever to do with him! and they have shoved little pars [ie. paragraphs] into the papers to that effect -
This revelation, therefore, of the fact of his having really to rewrite his stuff, and submit it to me, together with my reply, would come like a bomb upon
them Hampstead!! - Don't let us miss it -
And dont forget to end the paragraph - As it stands it reads:
[p. 3] "... sent the following ..
Compliments and complete approval... etc.["]
You might put
... sent the following delicious telegram:
That would be more exasperating I think - dont you both think so? -
Now mind you write me a line and tell me what you do about it all and also send me the cuttings when you have got it off -
What does Mrs Pennell think about the lithographs and the Magazine? -
With our kindest regards to you both
Joseph Pennell Esqr
14. Buckingham Street
[stamp:] POSTE / REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE / 15
[stamp:] POSTE / REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE / 25
[postmark x 3:] PARIS / R[UE] - DES SAINTS-PERES / 24 OCT 94
[postmark on verso:] PARIS A CALAIS / 24 / OCT / 94
[postmark on verso:] LONDON S. M. P. / B M / OC 25 / 94
1. [24 October 1894]
Dated from postmark.
3. '[1894 Oct. 24]'
Date added at top of letter in an unknown hand.
Dugald Sutherland MacColl (1859-1948), painter and etcher, art critic and writer [more]; the word is not entirely clear, but the reference is more likely to be to MacColl than to Charles McCall (b. ca 1844- d. 1908), printer [more].
9. Du Maurier
George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier (1834-1896), author and caricaturist [more]. When Trilby first appeared in serial parts in Harper's Magazine in 1894, JW objected to Du Maurier's portrayal of himself in the character of Joe Sibley, the 'Idle Apprentice' in the March issue. Harper's subsequently apologised and Du Maurier toned down the references to JW. When the book was published in 1894, drawings of JW were also omitted. See W. Webb to Harper and Brothers, 29 May , #06180; and JW to G. Webb, [June 1894], #06183. Du Maurier, George, 'Trilby,' Harper's New Monthly Magazine, serialised, begun 1 January 1894; reprinted (expunged) as Trilby: A Novel, New York, 1894; regular ed., London and New York, 1895.
10. Harpers apology
Harper and Brothers, publishers of Du Maurier's Trilby. The letter of public apology JW demanded of them was published in the first week of October, although it was dated 8th September 1894 (#09879).
12. With our kindest
The remainder of the letter is written in the top left margin of p. 1.