The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08520
Date: [2/14 October 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection
Document Type: ALS[3]

'[ca. 1899]'

First - you have been perfect in all this - and again shown your good kind nature -

Second - Pauling[4] [sic] is not going North - and you are not required to hasten - So wait for me -

I shall go [p. 2] at once to the Chatham, and stay as long as you do - and you know we have a good deal to say - for charming host and delightful guest never see much of each other, until they meet again by chance - elsewhere!

Third - As the Crédit Lyonnais is next door don't you think you might, the first thing tomorrow morning, change the enclosed cheque, and send a couple of crisp 100 franc notes to Carmen[5]?

Say that the bon Maître, indignant with unworthy Students, sends her this for her momentary embarassments - which she shall return at her ease - A [illegible] A servant from the Hotel had better take it -

The Cheque is cashed at sight, only at the Bureau des Etrangers - au premier à gauche en entrant. - Crédit Lyonnais - 19 - Boulevard des Italiens[6] -

Fourth - The Baronet & the Butterfly[7] is simply stupendous!

And this must go [p. 3] immediately -


[butterfly signature]

Tell them to give me the same little room I had last time - A fire for five o[']clock - -

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1.  [2/14 October 1898]
The date '[ca. 1899]' is added at the top of p. 1 in another hand. However, the letter appears to date from about the same time as another to Heinemann, #11500, and both to pre-date JW's trip to Paris on about 15 October 1898.

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

3.  ALS
Written on paper with a mourning border.

4.  Pauling
Sidney Southgate Pawling (d. 1922), business partner of the publisher W. H. Heinemann [more].

5.  Carmen
Carmen Rossi, model, proprietess of the Académie Carmen [more], ran the Académie Carmen, the Paris atelier where JW became visiting teacher. It opened early in October 1898 and closed in April 1901. When he did not appear regularly, some students complained and left. JW refers to their behaviour in another letter to Heinemann, #11500, and to the students themselves, #13379.

6.  Boulevard
'Bureau ... Italiens', fr., Foreign exchange office, first on the left on entering, Credit Lyonnais, 19 Boulevard des Italiens.

7.  The Baronet & the Butterfly
Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: the Baronet & the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, London, 1898. The book was intended for publication by Heinemann, but was finally published in Paris in May 1899.