The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 02087
Date: 31 January 1895
Author: William Heinemann[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Glasgow H188
Document Type: TLS[2]



January 31, 1895

Dear Whistler,

I was dreadfully sorry that you were again unable to come; it is too bad, and I do hope that Mrs. Whistler[3] is better again. She seemed in good spirits and looked so well on Sunday, that I really hoped she was quite out of all trouble.

This is only to tell you that the New Review[4] Dinner for next month takes place next Monday at the Cafe Monico[5], in the Moorish Saloon, at 7.30 sharp; Henley[6] in the Chair who begs you can you be of us?

Ever sincerely,

Wm Heinemann

James McNeill Whistler, Esq.

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

2.  TLS
The letter is a typescript, signed, and written over it is a draft of a legal document, #13865.

3.  Mrs. Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. She was seriously ill with cancer.

4.  New Review
W. E. Henley became editor of the monthly The New Review in December 1894 (until 1898), and at the same time the publisher changed from Dent to Heinemann (see John Connell, W.E. Henley, London, 1949, pp. 290-1). A dinner was mentioned by W. E. Henley to JW's brother-in-law, C. Whibley, on 22 February 1895: 'Soon now will come the N.R. dinner. Is there never a chance of seeing you? I think we'd subscribe a fund for ttravelling excs. to secure your presence! I wish it might be; for we purpose to drop the N. R. - the business element anyhow - and constitute ourselves into a club'. Dinners may have been held regularly, for another letter from Henley mentions a dinner: 'I saw Barrie on Saturday; he fixed on Friday as his best day for the N. R. dinner, and I made it Friday; and that sister of his gets unwell, and "Barris is hoff!" [...] C. B. is to attend the dinner. Beerbohm Tree and Young Irving are after Macaire.' (Henley to Whibley, 12 June 1895; see John Connell, W.E. Henley, London, 1949, pp. 296, 304).

5.  Cafe Monico
Kelly's Post Office Directory of 1893 lists 'Monico (Giacomo & Battista), grand café, restaurant and grill room, wine & spirit merchants, 46 Regent street, Piccadilly Circus W & 19 Shaftesbury Avenue W'.

6.  Henley
William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), journalist, poet and writer [more].