The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08587
Date: [14 November 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[3]

'[ca. 1899]'

Hotel Chatham[4]

Bravo! - I am glad to know of the new little palazo - or palazino[5] - in Park Lane of course! - And it is very charming of Madame Magda[6] to say that I have been thought of on the occasion of the grande instalation! -

It might be amusing enough to run over [p. 2] to London just now - and perhaps I may soon! - Mind you, Paris is lovely at this moment! Last Sunday must have been amazing! simply -

I did not go out - but I was told all about it - Thousands -

There! This you see, mon ami, was meant for you long ago! and I have just found it! -

The fact is the Financier[7] and I have been so busy talking and dining that it has quite seemed as if we were all together and back again at the Court[8]! and so there has been done no writing! - Well you will be coming over soon though now, for that "busy time" comes to an end early in the month - and I suppose I most likely will not think of leaving Paris after all now, as I find wonderful work going on! and I am the man that is doing it!! -

I have a grand idea too - possibly an Exhibition - - We shall see -

I am glad you wrote to Russell[9] - But what a hopeless affair it seems to be with him! -

He is so absolutely unconscious of harm! - a most dangerous man! -

[p. 3] However Julian Hawthorne[10] has written an article - really delightful! - beautifully done! - So crisp and bright, and in such perfect taste! The prettiest piece of work you have seen for a long time - He calls it "A Champion of Art" - and it appears in some New York magazine of I fear no great importance - the Independant -

But I notice the article is copyright - Now you ought at once to get it and bring it out - in whatever review you think would be the very best -

I am off now - but will write again directly -

With my kindest regards to you both,

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [14 November 1899]
JW refers similarly to Hawthorne in a letter to R. Birnie Philip, [14 November 1899], #04759. The year has been added by another hand at the top.

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

3.  ALS
Mourning border.

4.  Hotel Chatham
Written in the left margin, at right angles to the main text.

5.  palazo - or palazino
palazzo, It., palace, or little palace.

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

7.  Financier
Edmund Heinemann (b. ca 1866), stockbroker [more], W. Heinemann's brother.

8.  Court
Heinemann lived at 4 Whitehall Court in London, and JW stayed with him frequently.

9.  Russell
Robert Howard Russell, writer, journalist and publisher [more]. Russell had sent JW 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 mild caricature of JW by Ernest Haskell (1876-1925), printmaker and painter of landscapes and portraits [more]; see JW's letters to Heinemann, #10814, #08522.

10.  Julian Hawthorne
Julian Hawthorne (1846-1934), novelist [more], wrote Hawthorne, Julian, 'A Champion of Art,' The Independent, vol. 52, no. 2657, 2 November 1899, pp. 2954-2960. According to Getscher and Marks, 'Whistler's personality and philosophy as recalled by Hawthorne [...] is rather general, even the anecdotes. He concludes with the Eden affair' (Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, F.34, p. 108).