The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08580
Date: [April/May 1899?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris?]
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London?]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS

Of course you were at the Irving night[3]! -

You must tell me about it all - and who were all over the place? - And this reminds me I want you especially to see "D[4]". and to say to him that I did every thing that should be done about Groult[5] - went twice to see him, and left messages - more would I think have been improper - and would have brought about no better result - If he had good intentions, he [p. 2] would have come up to the scratch - Tell D with my best messages that I have not written of late for I have been all along so ill - or what they call here souffrant[6] - and I had nothing promising to say -

Also I am not in with any of the Louvre people[7] - or he knows I would do any thing as well as I could always -    Now one little thing more - Do go and call on Parkes[8] - silversmith Vigo Street - I told him you would come, and say that you will bring over for me the silver shaving brush - or two or three if he have more, for me to choose from - and you could in that way easily take it back in your bag if it were not the beautiful thing I hope it is -

What[9] about my scrip in the monotype shares? Dont you think now you [are] over there, you might hand them in to Drummond[10] for me? - The Financier[11] has been doing wonders!

Oh and I have had correspondence with Drummond! Will tell you all about it!

I am better - but not quite all right yet - Still much better -

You must have lots of news! - I signed the sheets, and out of them got 124 all right for America[12] -

When are you coming?


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1.  [April/May 1899?]
Dated by reference to book (see below).

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

3.  Irving night
John Henry Brodribb alias Henry Irving (1838-1905), actor, Director and manager of the Lyceum Theatre [more]. The new regime at the Lyceum Theatre was marked by the production of Sardou's Robespierre in 1899, in which Irving reappeared after a serious illness.

4.  D
Not identified.

5.  Groult
Camille Groult (1837-1907), industrialist and collector [more].

6.  souffrant
Fr., suffering.

7.  Louvre people
The question of a possible acquisition of a painting for the Musée du Louvre, Paris, may have been raised.

8.  Parkes
James Unitt Parkes (ca 1846 - d.1913), jeweller, silver merchant and goldsmith [more].

9.  What
'What about ... them in' is written in the left margin of p. 2, at right angles to the main text, and 'to Drummond ... about it!' in the top margin; 'I am better ... letters' is written in the left margin of p. 1, at right angles, and the remainder in the top margin, upside down to the main text.

10.  Drummond
George James Drummond (1835-1917), banker [more].

11.  Financier
Edmund Heinemann (b. ca 1866), stockbroker [more].

12.  America
JW was signing copies 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].