The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11284
Date: [9/16 September 1893?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 10/883
Document Type: TLc[3]

My dear Heinemann,

Just back in time to find you flown! Nothing could have been more unreasonable that [sic] your visit - except your departure -

Think what an age you have been coming - and then of all things to choose the moment when of course everyone had given up writing - and all the world was out of town! - Voilà ce que c'est![4]

And now, when is this      and the American news and all the rest to come off?

The fact of it is I must run over in my turn soon - for letters are impossible - though, by the way, you might write me to say what was thought of the whipping of Mr. Harry Furniss[5]! - Brave McNeill[6]! - It must have made you think of the other McNeill[7]! -

What sort of a time did you have in Paris after all? And did you dine well?

What a shocking summer it has been with this blazing sunshine - we[8] were away for six or seven weeks - without rain or a cloud in the sky! There was nothing to paint - and the sea wasn't fit to look at all the while! -

What did you do? I suppose in any case you will be over again directly - but really I fancy you will see me soon in London;

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [9/16 September 1893?]
Dated by reference to McNeill (see below) and by address: the Whistlers returned from the Côtes-du-Nord to Paris in mid-September.

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

3.  TLc
This is a typed letter copy of an original letter. The original was offered for sale by Max Rambod Inc. in 2003 (lot 937), with the following description: "Handwritten autograph Letter Signed with butterfly... 5x7, 2 pages written on both side[s]. Following Whistler's letter is ... a short ALS by his wife, Beatrice..." (see #11242). "Mailing folds, light soiling. Good content". It is noted that Whistler's signature appears in the left margin.

4.  Voilà ce que c'est!
Fr., That's how it is.

5.  Mr. Harry Furniss
Harry Furniss (1854-1925), caricaturist and illustrator [more]; see JW's letter t D. C. Thomson, #08250.

6.  McNeill
John Gordon Swift MacNeill (1849-1926), Irish Nationalist MP for South Donegal [more]. His odd appearance and manner made him a prime target of caricaturists, but when Furniss portrayed him as a gorilla, MacNeill, although a confirmed pacifist, was so angry that he physically assaulted Furniss in the lobby. See a draft or related paragraph on the verso of a letter from JW dated 6 September 1893, #04265.

7.  other McNeill
JW is referring to himself (see #08250).

8.  we
JW and Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].