The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09158
Date: [27 January 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Yale University Library, New Haven, CT
Call Number: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Rare Book Library, 2a l
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac - Paris -

Thursday night.

My dear Publisher! -

I was just wondering what had become of you - and was almost ready to suppose myself forgotten - which is of course absurd! - So there you are off, really to America - I dont see how I am to get over to you yet - though I should [p. 2] indeed like to see you before you leave -

You might write a line from New York - or Mrs Jack's[4] and tell us what it is all about! -

I really think I would like to go across myself this next autumn - in time for the green corn - and canvas backs - The Work here is getting on apace - and I think you might be astonished at what is, we will say, just beginning to appear upon the horizon of the Studio! -

How about the Monotype? - and what of the Financier[5]? - He has never written a line!

It is all right about Miss Simonds[6] - I am writing - Mean while you are quite right Mrs. Anderson[7] might well help - and certainly the letter in the Pall Mall that Miss Simonds wants, Mrs. Anderson has in her collection - Let her be asked for the answer to "QC[8]."'s letter - The others I will get from Beurdeley[9] - and send on at once -

Have you seen any body yet? - How about George Moore[10]? - and what of Frank Harris[11]?

Have you seen the Pennells[12]? -

Directly Miss has the translations ready let her send them over to me to look through and [p. 2] we will shove on the work which I am greatly interested in - Also the Gentle Art - It seems to me that Mrs. Anderson's collection might even now be looked over by Pauling[13], for instance, and according to his notion, made into groups of letters and set up for me to start on - When I once get the lightest kind of scaffolding, I can soon build and bring order into this matter, and so rapidly arrive at completion -

If Henry James' new book[14] is out, you might send me a copy -

How are things? -

Always Yrs

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [27 January 1898]
Dated from the almanac (27 January 1898 was a Thursday) and a typescript copy of the same letter, which is dated 28 January 1898 (possibly the date of receipt).

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

3.  ALS
Written on deep bordered mourning paper.

4.  Mrs Jack's
Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924), née Stewart, collector [more].

5.  Financier
Edmund Heinemann (b. ca 1866), stockbroker [more], brother of William Heinemann, who dealt with aspects of JW's financial affairs during the nineties. JW was interested in investing in new technology, including the 'monotype' method of printing.

6.  Miss Simonds
Miss Simonds, a translator employed by William Heinemann.

7.  Mrs. Anderson
Mrs Christine Anderson, manager of the 'Company of the Butterfly' [more].

8.  QC
Frederick Morton Eden (1829-1917), Barrister [more]; see his letter to the Pall Mall Gazette, [8 March 1895], #13197, and JW's letter to the same journal, [29 March 1895], #10550.

9.  Beurdeley
Paul Beurdeley (1842-after 1902), advocate at the Cour d'Appel, Paris [more], who acted on JW's behalf in the case of Eden v Whistler. He quoted extensively from the published correspondence.

10.  George Moore
George Moore (1852-1933), novelist and art critic [more].

11.  Frank Harris
James Thomas ('Frank') Harris (1856-1931), writer and playwright, editor of the Fortnightly Review and Saturday Review [more].

12.  Pennells
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926) and his wife Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographers.

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

14.  Henry James' new book
Henry James (1843-1916), writer [more]. The British edition of James's novel What Maisie Knew was published by Heinemann in 1898. Heinemann also published The Two Magics: The Turn of the Screw and Covering End, the same year.