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System Number: 08167
Date: [December 1885][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Thomas Way[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3/27/13
Document Type: ALS[3]

If you only knew my dear Way how worked to pieces I have been - and also how, for me, really ill! -

However I have always meant to get down to you - and was so sorry to have missed on these occasions! -

About this difficulty - I do hope there will really be none -

Mr Chatto[4] was very [p. 2] nice when he spoke to me about the little hitch[5] - and certainly there is no notion on their part in any way to offend - Their proceedings they say are the usual ones with their own printers, who I think you will admit are not without standing - (Messrs Spottiswoode[6],) Surely also it can make no difference whether you print year in & year out for Chatto & Windus or for the rest of the World - your prices and profits for any work would not differ from the known tarif for the same kind of work - and the "Ruskin v. Whistler"[7] pamphlet was absolutely the same kind of work - and quite as much care & fastidiousness was developed in its production as in our "Ten O'clock"[8]. - However as Mr Chatto says he trusts that you will all understand each other I certainly hope so - for I am charmed with the work done, as I always [p. 3] am with all that you do -

I shall yet get down to you one of these afternoons -


[butterfly signature]

This document is protected by copyright.


Thomas Way Esq.
21. Wellington Street
Strand -


1.  [December 1885]
Dated from thre reference to JWis ill-health, and from the publication of JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture (see notes below).

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

3.  ALS
Published by Spink, Nesta R., The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, gen. eds Harriet K. Stratis and Martha Tedeschi, Chicago, 1998, vol. 2, pp. 41-42, no. 16, dated 'August 1885/January 1886'.

4.  Mr Chatto
Andrew Chatto (1840-1913), publisher [more].

5.  hitch
This letter relates to the publication of JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture,' his major public statement of his aesthetic ideas. It was published by Chatto and Windus; the first edition was printed by Way in the autumn of 1885. The second edition (Whistler, James McNeill, Mr. Whistler's 'Ten O'clock', London, 1888) was printed by Spottiswoode and Company. While the exact nature of the 'hitch,' is unclear, it is possible that Way, having printed the first edition of twenty-five copies, had been expecting to print the second edition as well.

6.  Messrs Spottiswoode
London firm of printers. They were located at 3-8 New Street, London, E. C.

7.  Ruskin v. Whistler
Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878.

8.  Ten O'clock
Whistler, James McNeill, Mr. Whistler's 'Ten O'Clock.', London, 1885.