The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08020
Date: [16 August 1888][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Charles James Whistler Hanson[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/44/6
Document Type: ALS

THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF [lion insignia]

Hotel du Helder - Paris -

How can you be so absolutely helpless and unreasoning! - I sent you to the Express People to obtain for me[3] 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[4] the goods to lose no[5] 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[6] to call for things that were to go to Paris, to the address of some name given - I think it was Mons. Potier[7] - 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[8] 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[9] 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[10] taking the dressing table etc., I suppose you meant Carter[11]. - Has Mr Hurlbert[12] left? I hope you gave him at last the proper address - Hotel du Helder - What more of the Martin Fords[13]? Very proper of you to abstain from accepting their invitation -


J McN Whistler

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Chs. J. Hanson -Esq
9. Selwood Terrace -
Queens Elms -
South Kensington
[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.

2.  Charles James Whistler Hanson
Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more].

3.  me
Double underlined.

4.  after carrying away
Double underlined.

5.  lose no ... them
Double underlined.

6.  Crossley
Edith L. Crossley (b. ca 1861), née Franklin, accountant, sister of Maud Franklin [more]. JW may have been sending her Maud Franklin's belongings.

7.  Mons. Potier
Pottier (or Portier or Potier), a haberdasher or upholsterer.

8.  Messrs George Lewis
The firm of Sir George Henry Lewis (1833-1911), society lawyer [more].

9.  William
William Bell, JW's secretary [more].

10.  Dicken
Dickens, possibly a tradesman, printer or journalist.

11.  Carter
Robert Carter, cabinet-maker [more].

12.  Hurlbert
William Henry Hurlbert (1827-1895), journalist and author, editor-in-chief of the New York World from 1876-1883 [more].

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.