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System Number: 08504
Date: 24 November 1898
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Heinemann[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS

[Chatham coat of arms with motto:] BENIGNO NUMINE


Thursday eveg. Nov 24 1898

Well there is nothing to be said about it - excepting that it is a marvelous thing[2] to read! -

You did not tell him not[3] to make a shocking mess of everything - and therefore he proceeded immediately to the complete wreck of all that was entrusted to him! -

Moreover he not only feels, in doing so, thoroughly justified, but tells you that such is his habit! -

So what is the use of talking! [p. 2] It is clearly no fault of his - "born so!" - and it is only our misfortune - Voilà!

I must really write a line to the Sun[4] though about the Menpes[5]?

Did you get my last night's letter[6]? - I wonder - for they say the mails could not cross -

Shall write again directly - and you might send me a word tomorrow - I am awfully sleepy - though going out to dinner -

[butterfly signature]

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

2.  marvelous thing
JW is probably referring to his letter to Heinemann, which was intended for publication, [24 November 1898], #08504. This related to the publication of Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].

3.  not
Double underlined.

4.  Sun
Probably the London Weekly Sun newspaper.

5.  Menpes
Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more]. JW had quarrelled with Menpes some years previously. It is not clear what Menpes had done to annoy JW at this stage. An exhibition of his colour etchings had been held at Messrs Dowdeswell in the previous June-July, and perhaps JW had seen a review. However, no letter on the subject has been located.

6.  letter
Probably JW to W. Heinemann, [23 November] 1898, #09856.