The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08466
Date: [21 February 1892][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/5
Document Type: ALS[3]


33. Rue de Tournon. Paris.

Sunday -

It just shows how preoccupied with further crime you must be my dear Publisher! -

Where if you please do [you] find in my letter[4] the ghastly proposal youof translating Mallarmé[5] for the British Public? -

Who should do this thing! -

Oh no - Read my beautiful little note again - et vous m'en direz des nouvelles[6] -

This is merely a word to fill you with anguish tomorrow morning!

[butterfly signature]

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William Heinemann. Esq.
21. Bedford Street
Covent Garden -
London -
[postmark:] PARIS / RUE BONAPARTE / [4?] / 21 / FEVR / 92
[postmark on verso:] LONDON W. C. / [illegible] / FE 22 / 92


1.  [21 February 1892]
Dated from the postmark; the date '[1892]' has been added in another hand.

2.  William Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

3.  ALS
Written in purple ink.

4.  letter
Unidentified; see a related letter from JW to Heinemann, #10785.

5.  Mallarmé
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), Symbolist writer and poet [more]. JW had proposed an edition of 'Quatrains' by Mallarmé, based on postal addresses.

6.  et vous m'en direz des nouvelles
Fr., and you will understand the message.