System Number: 10808
Date: [23 October 1898]
Recipient: William Heinemann
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 10/893
Document Type: TLc
Sunday evening -
110 Rue du Bac.
I should be so disappointed if it had been too late for the Saturday's steamer! Still, I don't know - for in that letter I told you that I was leaving the hotel - and now your telegram (about proofs) you still send to Hotel!
Now what is to be done? Of course on this Sunday evening no official will give me anything - even if he were there - and if I know where "there" really is!
I suppose you must just fire away and print! - and directly I get these proofs if there be slight alterations, they will appear in the next batch, which would be probably the very next day - for I suppose we shall just go on.
As to George's outcry of "grossly libellous"! of course we know before asking that the matter in the book is libellous enough as applied to any innocent gentleman - but it is a question of person not matter! - And "what is one man's defamation is another man's description!" - (How do you like that? - ask George from me - )
The man who in the Courts of Paris has been called Sharper - sorry gentleman - aigre - in - Trickster, and whose acts have been ascribed to cunning - calculation - and "parsimonie" - can only now find it libellous to be called William Eden!! -
Well I will run with this to the Gare du Nord and enquire on the way is possible -
[p. 2] I do hope you sent off my letter on Saturday, (yesterday) to Russell.
I am so much pleased at what you say about the harm done being slighter than we supposed - We had I suppose not sufficiently considered the beautiful dullness of the people -
Still we must lose no time - though I should like to have seen the Butterflies in their places -
Of course Russell is out of it and damned for ever - What do you think of my suggestion about McIlvaine? -
If anything important tomorrow wire - 110.
You must have heard more by this. One thing is certainly significant - if the Baronet were bringing action he surely would have begun already? -
What does the great George say?
If tomorrow morning you think that there might still be a day spared, you can wire - for I suppose the proofs will arrive by them - I daresay you have it all right through - But it is devilish that here should be this other annoyance with the post.
Your last telegram was most refreshing and encouraging
1. [23 October 1898]
Dated by Heinemann, acccording to the Pennells' note on this typescript copy.
2. William Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more]. This letter relates to 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], JW's account of his dispute with Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more] over Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408), a portrait of Eden's wife.
Robert Howard Russell, writer, journalist and publisher [more], was involved in publishing extracts from the Baronet and the Butterfly in the New York Critic before the book itself had come out (see #13199, and JW's letter to Russell, 20 October 1898, #07512.