The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 10787
Date: [October 1892][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 10/776
Document Type: TLc and ALS[3]

Hotel du Bon Lafontaine, Paris.

Well, my dear Publisher - I am afraid there will be very little feasting this time!

No dejeuners! Alas! - because of an irruption of work - Americans are determined to pour California into my lap! - and I have a portrait[4] at this moment that I begin to-morrow morning [p. 2] and shall have to stick to steadily for the next ten days when everything goes off in the Steamer, excepting the bags of gold left with me! - After that - the "Songs[5]".

You will be pleased to hear also that the cheque for the Pot of Paint[6] four times over! has been paid into the Bank, and now you can tell the people! -

Come to us tomorrow evening and we will come - and hear much news from you - bold man who publishes the revelations of Le Carron[7]! -

Be here by about 7.30.


[butterfly signature]

[sketch of bags of money labelled: '£1000[8]']

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1.  [October 1892]
Dated by reference to sale of painting (see below).

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

3.  TLc and ALS
p. 1 is a typescript, p. 2 a facsimile of the original.

4.  portrait
Not identified.

5.  Songs
Songs on Stone (excat 19).

6.  Pot of Paint
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170), bought for 800 guineas by Samuel Untermyer (1858-1940), lawyer, capitalist and philanthropist [more].

7.  Le Carron
Thomas Miller Beach (1841-1894), alias Henri Le Caron, British secret service agent [more]. He worked for the British among Irish nationalist Fenians in the USA. His role was revealed in December 1888 when he was subpoenaed by the Special Commission of Inquiry into a row between the Times and Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891), Irish Nationalist leader and MP [more]. Heinemann published the story of Beach's life: Twenty-five Years in the Secret Service, London, 1892.

8.  £1000
Moneybags (M.1344).