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System Number: 10778
Date: [13 June 1890][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 10/746
Document Type: TLc[3]


Dear Mr. Heinemann -

I have arranged that we go together to George Lewis[4] tomorrow at 12 - and so will call for you at about a quarter of an hour before that time if I do not manage to reach you earlier - -

Called all over the place but was not lucky excepting in that I saw Morley[5] again - He said that he had the book[6] all right - but that he could not be ready with a review for tomorrow - naturally - It will take a little more time than that to be worthy anything - but he has promised to put a preliminary notice of the work in tomorrow's paper for the benefit of the bookshops - so that's all right - He was very nice -

I have written to Burnand[7], making an appointment for tomorrow morning, so I hope to see him before I come to Bedford Street -

I trust altogether that tomorrow will be a brighter day for us -

After all what will you! We forgot that today was Friday and the 13th par desus [sic] le marché![8] -

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1.  [13 June 1890]
The letter was written on a Friday 13th, which occurs in June 1890. Dated also from reference to book (see note below).

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

3.  TLc
Published in sale catalogue, K. W. Rendell, 989 Madison Avenue, New York, May 1999, cat. no. 9605606. The current location of the original letter is unknown.

4.  George Lewis
Sir George Henry Lewis (1833-1911), society lawyer [more].

5.  Morley
Charles Morley (1853-1916), journalist at the Pall Mall Gazette [more].

6.  book
JW's book of letters and reviews had just been published (Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890).

7.  Burnand
Francis Cowley Burnand (1836-1917), barrister, dramatist and journalist [more], then editor of Punch.

8.  par desus le marché!
Fr., moreover