System Number: 08020
Date: [16 August 1888]
Recipient: Charles James Whistler Hanson
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/44/6
Document Type: ALS
THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF [lion insignia]
SUFFOLK STREET, PALL MALL,
Hotel du Helder - Paris -
How can you be so absolutely helpless and unreasoning! - I sent you to the Express People to obtain for me the address of the person in Paris to whom things were to be sent, and you come away telling me to sign a paper and give the address I have just been asking for! - Your first business was to blow up the people at the office for keeping the goods all this while without taking any steps whatsoever - They did not ask for instructions but told me that they had them in full - in any case if they required any further details it was their business after carrying away the goods to lose no time in delivering them! The man came to me twice, even without my sending for him, and each time [p. 2] with instructions from Mrs Crossley to call for things that were to go to Paris, to the address of some name given - I think it was Mons. Potier - however that is their business - and when they took away the furniture &c, they did so finally - leaving me with the belief that everything had been concluded - with the exception of their sending me the list complete - which they promised to do - Go to them at once and say that Messrs George Lewis are my lawyers and will not allow me to be trifled with - that this is a gross case of neglect - Make them give give [sic] you the address originally given to them by Mrs Crossley - and say that things have been at the office for ages waiting for her to see them off - and ask her now to give you the full address that no more time may be lost - Dont say anything about me - but if she says that she knows I am here, say that I only passed through and went on to Germany - Better [than?] all this tell the Express people to get the address, and then you must telegraph it on to me - get it anyhow and telegraph it on. As to the paper you must fill it up yourself - You & William can do it quite as well as I would - The conduct of the Express in this matter is simply disgraceful! - Put me up a dozen or more visiting cards - What do you mean by Dicken taking the dressing table etc., I suppose you meant Carter. - Has Mr Hurlbert left? I hope you gave him at last the proper address - Hotel du Helder - What more of the Martin Fords? Very proper of you to abstain from accepting their invitation -
J McN Whistler
Chs. J. Hanson -Esq
9. Selwood Terrace -
Queens Elms -
[stamp:] POSTE / RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE / 25
[postmark x 2:] PARIS / R. DE CHOISEUL / 7E / 16 / AOUT / 88
[postmark on verso:] LONDON SW / T C / AU 17 / 88
1. [16 August 1888]
Dated from postmark.
4. after carrying away
5. lose no ... them
7. Mons. Potier
Pottier (or Portier or Potier), a haberdasher or upholsterer.
Dickens, possibly a tradesman, printer or journalist.
13. Martin Fords
Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more], and Mary Bacon Ford, née Martin, art agent [more]. They were then keen to establish themselves as agents for JW's work. Sheridan Ford also hoped for JW's co-operation to publish an edition of JW's letters.