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System Number: 08802
Date: [December 1898 / February 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Sidney Southgate Pawling[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/39/3
Document Type: ALS[3]

My dear Mr Pawling -

I have your letter[4] - and that is all right -

Now there is I see on some old copy of the Gentle Art[5], a yellow brown paper - but rather coarsely ribbed - This we wont have -

Indeed I think we could not do better than [p. 2] match if possible the colour and quality of the cover of the few presentation copies - You know which I mean - the little lot that were printed afterwards - with limp covers and top edges gilded - You have some copies by you -

Yes - that is the right thing to do - The brown is frank and the gold tells crisply upon it - Stick to that kind of thing -

Yes much better than the yellowish tone - the Gold must tell upon the brown -


J McN W -

There are other neglects of the printers to tell you of - ! - terrible -

What does MaCall[6] say about Butterflies -

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1.  [December 1898 / February 1899]
Dated from references to preparations for 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].

2.  Sidney Pawling
Sidney Southgate Pawling (d. 1922), business partner of the publisher W. H. Heinemann [more]. See JW's letter to Pawling explaining that the cover would be printed in London, although the book itself was to be printed in Paris, #09352.

3.  ALS
Deep mourning border (12 mm.).

4.  letter

5.  Gentle Art
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890.

6.  MaCall
A misspelling of Charles McCall (b. ca 1844- d. 1908), printer [more].