The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 10982
Date: [30 October 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Elisabeth Lewis[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Call Number: Department of Western Manuscripts, MS Dep. c. 838, fols 97-99
Document Type: ALS[3]

Dear Lady Lewis -

I am going to ask you to give me a cup of tea tomorrow - and shall appear at about five o'clock - or half past -

Also it would be very nice of you if you invite the great George[4] to [p. 2] join us! -

I have only crossed the Channell for an hour or two and am off again immediately -

Always dear Lady Lewis

[butterfly signature]

4. Whitehall Court[5]
Sunday night -

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'the last letter[6] I had from him'

Lady Lewis -
88. Portland Place -
[postmark:] LONDON [ ] / S.W./ 3.30 AM / OC 31 / 98
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. W. / 49 / 7 AM / OC 31 / 98


1.  [30 October 1898]
Dated from the postmark: the letter must have been posted late on Sunday 30 October 1898 and transmitted next day.

2.  Elisabeth Lewis
Elisabeth Lewis (1844-1931), née Eberstadt, wife of G. H. Lewis [more].

3.  ALS
The stationery has a deep mourning border.

4.  George
Sir George Henry Lewis (1833-1911), society lawyer [more]. JW was trying to find out if Lewis approved of the publication of JW's book, Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].

5.  4. Whitehall Court
The address of William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

6.  last letter
Doubtless corrected by Lady Lewis in favour of JW's letter of 1 December 1902; see #10986.