The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08522
Date: [September 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: Pourville-sur-Mer
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London?]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

Pavillon Madeleine -
pres Dieppe -

My dear Heinemann -

There came to me the other day that same abomination "The Bookman[4]" - sent with evident pleasure and much care, by Russell[5] himself!! -

Now what do you think of that? -

Of course he is [p. 2] convinced that it is all right - and that I shall like it - and is clearly proud of being in this way in it - and more or less the one who encourages these very good things!! -

What can one do! - You had better tell him -

There is one thing, by the way, that will interest you in this Bookman - and you naturally missed it, as you tossed away the whole affair -

A most naif and beaming notice of the poems of Lord Alfred Douglas[6]! - published by "Grant Richards[7] of London"! -

Did you know this? -

I am well - but still I fancy I have not quite forgotten my cold! -

What news have you? -

I think you might write now and then - just as who should say to show that you still have me on your conscience!!

This silence smacks too much of impossible innocence & affected indifference!

Who have you seen? - I dont know how long I shall [p. 3] stay on -

Have you made Pawling[8] send that little bit to Master Street[9]? -

Present my respectful homages to Madame Magda[10] - and ask her if she is not entirely of my opinion as herein set forth?

[butterfly signature]

'Sep. 99.[11]'

How go[12] on the Monotype shares? -

Miss Philip[13] has a hundred pounds to put in something - What do you think?

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1.  [September 1899]
Dated in another hand on p. 3.

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

3.  ALS
Mourning border.

4.  The Bookman
A review 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] in The Bookman, New York, August 1899, which contained a portrait of JW by Ernest Haskell (1876-1925), printmaker and painter of landscapes and portraits [more]; see JW's letter to Heinemann, #10814. Haskell's head and shoulders portrait of JW was recognisable, a gentle caricature probably intended to be complimentary.

5.  Russell
Robert Howard Russell, writer, journalist and publisher [more].

6.  Lord Alfred Douglas
Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas (1870-1945), poet [more].

7.  Grant Richards
Grant Richards (1872-1948), publisher [more].

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

9.  Master Street
George Slythe Street (1867-1936), author [more].

10.  Madame Magda
Magda Stuart Heinemann (m. 1899), née Sindici, pseudonym 'Kassandra Vivaria', writer [more].

11.  Sep. 99.
Added in another hand.

12.  How go ... think?
The rest of the text is added in the left margin of p. 1.

13.  Miss Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].