The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 03420
Date: [August 1882][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Henry E. Morgan[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 30
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

Mr Morgan -

If not too late I wish one more note added to letter No. XII[3] - page 8, as you will see, marked (f.).

Then I should like one sheet of the same paper to enclose the whole as a cover with the title about the middle, as shown on the little note paper enclosed, with the butterfly - the one you have would [p. 2] do - but I wish you could borrow the one with the sting from the World -

You send over to the office with my compliments to Yates[4] or Mr Escott[5] - Tell them that I want it for something special and will send it back in a couple of days -

And now don't you think I might have some copies posted to me by tomorrow night?

Yours truly

J McN Whistler.

I write to you in case Mr Way[6] comes later in the day -

13. Tite Street

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1.  [August 1882]
Dated from the reference to The Owl and the Cabinet (see below).

2.  Henry E. Morgan
Henry E. Morgan (b. ca 1851), employee of Thomas Way, lithographic printer [more], who probably printed The Owl and the Cabinet (see below). Published in Spink, Nesta R., The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, gen. eds Harriet K. Stratis and Martha Tedeschi, Chicago, 1998, vol. 2, p. 39, no. 11.

3.  letter No. XII
This is a reference to Whistler, James McNeill, Correspondence. Paddon Papers. The Owl and the Cabinet, London, [1882]. See S. W. Paddon to JW, #09530. The pamphlet related the tale of a Chinese 'pagoda' cabinet sold by JW to Sydney Morse (1854-1929), solicitor [more] in September 1878 with Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more], apparently acting as agent. Soon afterwards, it became the subject of an elaborate deception instigated by Howell. Contrary to Howell's claim that he had taken it in for repair, it later turned out that he had pawned the head-piece.

4.  Yates
Edmund Hodgson Yates (1831-1894), novelist, 'Atlas' columnist and editor-proprietor of the World [more]. A butterfly printing die was retained on a more-or-less permanent basis by such society papers as the World and the Pall Mall Gazette in antipication of JW's letters to the press. The butterfly with a sting was a distinct signature used by both papers.

5.  Mr Escott
Thomas Hay Sweet Escott (1844-1924), journalist, editor of the Fortnightly Review from 1882-1886 [more]. Escott was Yates' deputy editor at the World from the mid 1870s to 1886.

6.  Mr Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more].