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System Number: 03419
Date: [February 1885][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Henry E. Morgan[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 189
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS[3]

Do please send to the Pall Mall Gazette Office Northumberland St[ree]t - Strand - (to the care of Mr Charles Morley[4] Editor) a die of the Butterfly[5] -

If you have one like the one in the World[6] send that - if not send a largish one like what you have on the outside of the Catalogue[7] of the Venice Etchings - Please send it immediately[8] [p. 2] on receipt of this, and put the word immediate[9] on the package -

Very sincerely

J. McN. Whistler

Happy New Year to all!!

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1.  [February 1885]
Dated from JW's first published letter in the Pall Mall Gazette, 24 February 1885 (see JW to O. Wilde, #11405). Dated [January 1881?] by Spink (see below).

2.  Henry E. Morgan
Henry E. Morgan (b. ca 1851), employee of Thomas Way, lithographic printer [more].

3.  ALS
Published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, Chicago, 1998, vol. 2, p. 36, no. 7.

4.  Charles Morley
Charles Morley (1853-1916), journalist at the Pall Mall Gazette [more]. Morley was not, in fact, editor of the Pall Mall Gazette (it was William Thomas Stead (1849-1912), editor of the Pall Mall Gazette from 1883-1890, founder-editor of the Review of Reviews in 1890 [more]) although he was on its staff at this time.

5.  die of the Butterfly
A metal printing block of JW's butterfly signature which appeared regularly beneath his letters to the Pall Mall Gazette and the World (see, for example, JW to E. Yates, #11392).

6.  World
Society paper, edited by Edmund Hodgson Yates (1831-1894), novelist, 'Atlas' columnist and editor-proprietor of the World [more]; see JW's letter to Yates, 28 January 1885, #09585.

7.  Catalogue
The catalogue for Mr Whistler's Etchings, The Fine Art Society, London, 1883, had brown paper covers and JW's butterfly signature on the front. Spink (op. cit.) assumed the reference was to the catalogue for Etchings of Venice, The Fine Art Society, London, 1880.

8.  immediately
Double underlined.

9.  immediate
Double underlined.