The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09143
Date: [18 October 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Document Type: ALS[3]


[Chatham coat of arms with motto:] BENIGNO NUMINE


Here am I sitting way into the depths of the night finding still minute but important corrections.

Page 24[4]. insinuated - instead of presented - am not sure whether and I believe it should be into Whistler's studio, and not in. You will see to this -

Page 22. Stéphane[5] - not Stéphané -

Page 17. Very small marginal note - seems to me very apt - and effective -

Page 14. Most important substitute done away with - for: disposed of - or the people would think I had sold it! - There will be room for this - as there are only two more letters [p. 2] in the one than in the other -

All this cannot take more than half an hour or an hour while Tanner[6] is waiting for the Butterflies

Page 30{ Again most important - :thing first-rate, is is shocking! - must be altered to :work complete -

Page 29. R - /L

And don't forget Page 12 - top line, last word "he / italics -

Page 43. And here is a splendid Butterfly for "Damme Sir! Look at him rolling back with laughter"!! -

Good-night. You are, I know, sound asleep! - and I am tired out.

[butterfly signature]

I think you had better send proof of these pages with the Butterflies in their place - after all - I can telegraph reply.

Do let me hear anything & any rumour.

Most Important[7] - I see with horror that the printer has now paged the last two beautiful leaves - Résumé and l'Envoi! spoiling my pictures with numbers or figures 79 - 80 - Have them out at once and for ever! - I dont believe Tanner could have done this

Of course I send off all this & these Butterflies by the coming post[8] -

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1.  [18 October 1898]
Date inserted at right-angles to the main text in the left-hand margin in another hand.

2.  William Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more]. This relates to preparations for 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].

3.  ALS
The letter is written at right-angles to the printed address.

4.  Page 24
JW's page number references are all double underlined.

5.  Stéphane
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), Symbolist writer and poet [more].

6.  Tanner
Tanner, a printer, employed by W. Heinemann.

7.  Most Important
Double underlined. The lines 'Most Important ... done this' are written in the left-hand margin at right-angles to the main text.

8.  coming post
The lines 'Of course ... coming post' is written on the left of p. 2.