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System Number: 09856
Date: [23 November] 1898[1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Pierpont Morgan Library, New York
Call Number: MA 3840
Document Type: ALS


[Chatham coat of arms:] BENIGNO NUMINE
HOTEL CHATHAM
PARIS

PARIS,

Wednesday evg. '23/11/'1898.

Well, I have just been to look at the "appartement" for you! - It is high a bit perhaps - but I don't know - I think I like it you know - but then you know it was I who always talked Palais Royal to you! and I certainly must have a place there to add to my collection of chateaux & pieds à terre, one of these days! -

Of course it was already dark when I looked at this one - and we had to go about with a lamp. Still I thought it very nice - And upon my word [p. 2] very little would have persuaded me to take it had I been looking for myself! - The entrance itself may be not very imposing and the rooms are certainly low as everyone seems to feel, for the concierge herself proposed this objection before showing the place - but I don't mind that much - I shall try and get there again tomorrow - but as things are I should rather be in favour of the place than against it -

Now I am sending you the letter - Surely you could not have read my pencil note of Sunday when your wrote your letter on Monday? - I think that in your haste to catch the Saturday's mail you scarcely perceived the "portée[3]" of what I had written - Certainly you must have been in an awful hurry when you sent Russell[4] the original, which I fancied you would never have parted from, instead of typewritten copy! When then you say that portions "concern only us three," you pay the highest compliment to the achievement for you show that so intimate is the letter, and so little like what might be prepared for the press that you yourself believed it almost indiscrete to publish! - Hurrah! - Suspicion then impossible!!

Mind[5] I went out this afternoon early, but the light with which I started went out in a quarter of an hour.

Will it then be all right now about the book[6]? Is everything here settled? - You know I think all this vastly to the good in the way of adding preciousness to the book itself. Everybody will be crazy to get it. Don't you think? -

Always

[butterfly signature]

More soon -


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Notes:

1.  [23 November] 1898
The month and day have been added in an unknown hand.

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

3.  portée
Fr., significance. Heinemann's letter has not been located.

4.  Russell
Robert Howard Russell, writer, journalist and publisher [more]. In JW's letter of [18 October 1898], #10806, he mentioned that Heineman had sent Russell for review unedited and uncorrected proofs of a book on his dispute and successful lawsuit against Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more]. The original letter referred to is JW's letter to Heinemann of [18 November 1898], #09159.

5.  Mind
'Mind ... hour' was written in the left margin of p. 2, and the remainder in the left, top and right margins of p. 1, all at right angles to the main text, and partly cross-written.

6.  book
Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].