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System Number: 03798
Date: 2 May [1890][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Stéphane Mallarmé[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M132
Document Type: ALS[3]


21, CHEYNE WALK[4],
CHELSEA.

Le livre[5] - le vrai est presque pret [sic] à paraitre! -

Mais mon cher ami l'affaire de Paris devient presque ridicule! - et je n'ose guere en parler -

Ratier[6] ne m'écrit rien - il n'a pas même accusé reception de mon cheque! -

Il me semble qu'il devrait au moins me dire que çela n'aboutit à rien - et me rendre ce qui reste - apres [p. 2] son "fee" -

Ford[7] a été chez plusieurs Editeurs de Londres, leur offrant, avec un toupet inoui, son livre - le même que Ratier a en ces mains, seulement avec le nom de "Messrs Stokes[8] & Bro. New York" disparu, et remplacé par "Delabrosse[9]" - Paris!!!

Ce fait vous devriez faire savoir à Beuredeley[10] [sic]. Je vous envoie aussi pour lui donner une nouvelle lettre, reçue par Lewis & Lewis[11], de Messr[s] Stokes -

Vous pouvez lui donner l'entrefilet du New York Herald - et la copie que je vous envoie egalement, vous pourriez faire inserrer dans la "American Register[12]" -

Et maintenant encore une fois merçi mon cher Mallarmé pour toutes vos gentilesses.

Je cours à la hate mettre ce mot à la Poste pour vous déranger!

Mille pardons! -
Toujours votre devoué

[butterfly signature]

Vendredi, le 2. Mai.


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Translation:

The book - the real one is almost ready to appear! -

But my dear Mallarmé the business in Paris is becoming almost ridiculous! - and I hardly dare speak of it -

Ratier has written nothing to me - he has not even acknowledged receipt of my cheque! -

It seems to me that he should at least have told me that it would lead nowhere - and returned the remainder to me - after his "fee" -

Ford has been to several London Editors, offering them, with unheard-of gall, his book - the same as Ratier has in his hands, only with the name of "Messrs Stokes & Bro. New York" removed, and replaced by "Delabrosse" - Paris!!!

This fact you should relate to Beurdeley. I am also sending you a new letter to give to him, received by Lewis & Lewis, from Messrs Stokes.

You can give him the short article from the New York Herald - and the copy which I am also sending you, you can have it inserted in the American Register

And now thank you again my dear Mallarmé for all your kindness.

I am running in haste to put this note into the Post to disturb you! -

Sincere apologies -
Ever your devoted

[butterfly signature]


Envelope:

To
Monsieur Stéphane Mallarmé
89. Rue de Rome
Paris.
France


Notes:

1.  2 May [1890]
2 May was a Friday in 1890, and 1890 fits the context of the discussion on The Gentle Art publication. The letter does not appear to have been sent, since it bears no stamp, and remained in JW's possession.

2.  Stéphane Mallarmé
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), Symbolist writer and poet [more].

3.  ALS
Published by Barbier, Carl P., ed., Correspondance Mallarmé-Whistler: Histoire de la grande amitié de leurs dernières années, Paris, 1964 [GM, A.28], no. XXXIII, pp. 58-59.

4.  21, CHEYNE WALK
Printed address heading in yellow ink.

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

6.  Ratier
Antoine ('Antony') Ratier (b. 1851), lawyer and politician [more].

7.  Ford
Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more]. The book in question is Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890.

8.  Stokes
Messrs Stokes said that Ford had used their name on the title page without their authorisation (#05602).

9.  Delabrosse
Publishers in Paris.

10.  Beuredeley
Paul Beurdeley (1842-after 1902), advocate at the Cour d'Appel, Paris [more].

11.  Lewis & Lewis
Sir George Henry Lewis (1833-1911), society lawyer [more]; and George James Graham Lewis (1868-1927), junior partner of Lewis & Lewis, solicitors [more].

12.  American Register
English language journal published in Paris, edited by Dr Evans.