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System Number: 11277
Date: [28 November/5 December 1897][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 10/854-5
Document Type: TLc

I am delighted to know that you are not off yet - and that of course you will come over again before you do go.

Everything is excellent about the Saturday[3] - and I knew naturally that the Max[4] man's business was complete - I also heard this on all sides - for it appears the letter was much talked of! and the belockten Yunglings[5] distress greatly enjoyed! -

This last, that after all is not necessary to the episode, I only dreamed of sending because of the "delightfully dirty little note!" which I do think was really an inspiration - was as you say, mad to have risked, or more than "the Editor" could be expected to put in his own posters! -

Now Wobbles[6], who is to see your having returned temporarily to his own people, I have entrusted with a message about the new little pamphlet[7].

What I am thinking of is of course an English edition - and it is certain to be a success -

What do you think of a run again over here? - Why not at the end of the week - and stay a day or two - Perhaps I might go back with you to London - for a few days. I[f] I were you I shouldn't dream of crossing the Atlantic in these fearful wind storms - and as clearly you have managed to change your ticket I would run no further risks -

So that's all right! - Now do answer yourself and us by penetrating the other camp! Run us down G. Moore[8]! and worry round the Baronet[9]!

(p. 2) That was a pretty shot of mine, the telegram to the N. Y. World[10], wasn't it? - You saw it you know and have sent no copy -

Well I am off now to studio -

A bientôt!

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [28 November/5 December 1897]
Dated by the reference to letters recently published in the Saturday Review (see below).

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

3.  Saturday
JW had recently written a letter in the press; see Whistler, James McNeill, 'An Acknowledgement,' The Saturday Review, no. 2196, vol. 84, 27 November 1897 (#09921). This was in response to Beerbohm, Max, 'Papillon Range', Saturday Review, vol. 84, no. 2195, 20 November 1897, pp. 546-47.

4.  Max
Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), painter, designer, cartoonist and writer [more].

5.  belockten Yunglings
JW had used this phrase in his letter to the Saturday Review of 27 November 1897 (see #09921).

6.  Wobbles
Charles Whibley (1859-1930), writer and journalist [more].

7.  pamphlet
Possibly Whistler, James McNeill, Eden v. Whistler, [n.p.], 1897.

8.  G. Moore
George Moore (1852-1933), novelist and art critic [more].

9.  Baronet
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more].

10.  telegram to the N. Y. World
To the New York World, not located.