The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08490
Date: [1/8 February 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

'[Feb. 1898][4]'

In a greater hurry than ever - lik[e] yourself I suppose at this minute - and in a Café, I just send you my best very best wishes for the Bon Voyage! and the "good time" that of course you are to have in America! -

I wish enough I were going with you - for once it really would be capital! - Tell Kennedy[5] that when he comes across these foolish [p. 2] lies in the way of "Remembrances of Whistler" that he continually sends me - he should himself write a plain statement to the papers denying the whole batch of anecdotes, with his own proper indignation -

Tell Boldini[6] that I am very angry at his publishing or allowing to be reproduced the scraps of a dry point[7] he did from me, and that I thought he never would show as seriously at all representing Whistler! -

As to the rest I dont know -

Mrs. Jack[8] is I believe in Boston - and doubtless you will see her -

What a lot of good things you will be getting to eat over there! I have been hearing lately of the American cooking again - and really there are endless good things! -

Well of course I have lots of things to say - and can't remember any of them! - except always the good luck that is to go with you and bring you back again -

And this must go or you wont get it tomorrow morning!

So not Adieu but au Revoir! and come back as you propose through France!

Always affectionately

[butterfly signature]

Do write from over there! -

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1.  [1/8 February 1898]
The date 'Feb. 1898' is written in another hand on p. 1. Dated also from the reference to Heinemann's trip to America. He appears to have been in New York by February 1898 (see JW to W. Heinemann, [28 January 1898], #09158).

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

3.  ALS
Written on deep bordered mourning paper.

4.  [Feb. 1898]
Date written in another hand, and repeated on the verso.

5.  Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more].

6.  Boldini
Giovanni Boldini (1845-1931), portrait painter and etcher [more], was in America.

7.  dry point
G. Boldini, Portrait of Whistler asleep (z247). On 28 January 1898 Harper Pennington told JW that he had seen a reproduction of the portrait (#04616).

8.  Mrs. Jack
Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924), née Stewart, collector [more].