The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08521
Date: [15/30 May 1899][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

'[ca. May 15, 1899]'

Well! I have had rather a shock I admit, for I perceive now that you don't any longer read my beautiful letters! or you could not send me as "capital notices", the two d—d things I find in your envelope! - The one being the one being The Pall Mall's[3] treachery in the true old fashioned style, of which I wrote you at such length! - and the other the Daily Mail's swindle in the very worst form - by the Mr. Lynch[4] I told you I had to breakfast on Sunday with Davray[5] - !!! -

If there were one paper upon which I had relied as being entirely in your hands, it was the Pall Mall - but I have said all this - and told you how I loath that sort of dull old stuff! and how disappointed I am - and you didn't read a word of my elaborate complainings! and smilingly send me back the very offensive thing itself, as something I hadn't seen - and a capital notice! Well! well! - I am deeply humiliated - for I had even quoted to you and underlined certain bits, which I comforted myself with finding as libelous as any reflexions of my own upon the Baronet[6] -

In short I am afraid I think the [p. 2] press business so far a dead failure! & I wonder where all your men are that you said were ready! and those that Pawling[7] had enlisted! We seem to me to have been as completely sold and betrayed as was Landor[8], by his Army of natives! -

The Simpkins[9] business I take to myself the credit of having managed my own sweet self! - by a masterful inspiration and letter I wrote Webb[10]!! - Of this I will tell you when again I am quite sure you are listening! - Indeed as I am at this very moment "raving & reproaching" I cannot help smiling at your serene unconsciousness - for you will be sleeping the deep sleep of peace & indifference, whilst I am scrawling this at you in the depths of the night, from my "sleepless pillow"! -

May[11] is going on in the same useless way - Gallignanis[12] told me today that they have lots of orders for large edition, and so far have only been able to get three small copies from May, though they had ordered since the 12th. - However I have put Miss Simmonds[13] on to him - so that will come right - Now it seems to me that we ought to prepare for 2nd Edition! Every day that Simpkins goes on distributing, the Baronet's case gets weaker! - 300 copies the first day is splendid! Can't you manage to get some little announcements into the papers to say that it is going like hot cakes - - and so shove on the 2nd Edition - And now MacColl[14] must get out the proper Butterflies - you know the two that he must reduce - Do see that he gets them all right and smart - and at once! - And now, mon cher et bon ami[15], Good morning!

[butterfly signature]

How many[16] of the big copies is May to give me?

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1.  [15/30 May 1899]
This must date from shortly after the publication of Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24], on 13 May 1899, and after two undated letters from JW and R. Birnie Philip to Heinemann, #09889 and #04744. The date '[ca. May 15, 1899]' has been added in another hand.

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

3.  Pall Mall's
A review in the Pall Mall Gazette.

4.  Mr. Lynch
George Lynch (1868-1928), journalist, war correspondent and writer on Japan [more].

5.  Davray
Henry Durand Davray (1873-1944), journalist, translator and literary critic [more].

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

7.  Landor
Henry Savage Landor (1867-1924), artist and explorer [more].

8.  Simpkins
Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., publishers and newsagents; see also JW to G. Webb, #06255, and to Simpkins, 12 May 1899, #05449).

9.  Webb
George or William Webb, JW's lawyers.

10.  May
Louis-Henry May, printer [more].

11.  Gallignanis
Galignani Library and publishers, Paris.

12.  Miss Simmonds
Miss Simonds, a translator employed by William Heinemann.

13.  Baronet's
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more].

14.  MacColl
Charles McCall (b. ca 1844- d. 1908), printer [more].

15.  mon cher et bon ami
Fr., my dear and good friend.

16.  How many
'How many ... me?' is written at right angles to the main text in the left margin of p. 1.