The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Record 10 of 31

System Number: 06208
Date: 4 October [1894][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Webb[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W205
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac. Paris -

Oct 4 -

Well Hurrah! at last hurrah! -

I think my dear Mr Webb that we may well be pleased with ourselves! -

The letter[3] looks so entirely right and important in the paper, now that it is properly preceded by the one from Messrs. G & W. Webb! - which gives an air of great dignity!! - Nothing could be more satisfactory! -

Well placed too they were these official documents - weren't they! - In the Standard[4], perfectly! [p. 2] and they kept the heading we gave them, like gentlemen -

The Daily Telegraph[5] gave us a capital place too - I have seen the others[6] - You might send us a couple of the Morning Post and Pall Mall - also the Globe -

Yes we certainly have fought a very pretty fight - and you have been splendid!!

And now the people must be told -

I am of the opinion of Napoleon - that when you win the battle, you should always say so - and immediately too! - that there can be no future mistake about it in ill written history -

Now this is the time for the people to know that Mr Dumaurier[7] really was made to rewrite his manuscript and submit it to me! -

And then my telegram[8]! -

[p. 3] Well this I think I can get into the Pall Mall - with proper emphasis - and then it will be copied all over the place -

But à propos - how is it that in the October number there is no appearance of the letter after all!! -

Did you not get my letter - posted on Sunday night? - that you should have received on Monday morning? -

I sent cheque for Abrahams[9] also - tell me if you had it all right -

I must write again - for I dare not stay another minute - appointment at studio! -

With thousands of things still unsaid & general joy

[butterfly signature][10]

[p. 4] 'Whistler & Du M[11]'

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1.  4 October [1894]
The year is dated from the reference to Du Maurier (see below).

2.  William Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

3.  letter
See Harper & Bros to JW, #09879.

4.  Standard
Presumably the letters were sent to William Heseltine Mudford (1839-1916), editor of the London Standard from 1876 [more].

5.  Daily Telegraph
London daily newspaper.

6.  others
See JW's letter to the Star, #07789.

7.  Mr Dumaurier
George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier (1834-1896), author and caricaturist [more]. This letter relates to Du Maurier, George, Trilby: A Novel, New York, 1894, a novel of bohemian life in Paris. When Trilby was first published in serial parts in Harper's Magazine in March 1894, JW objected to Du Maurier's portrayal of himself in the character of Joe Sibley, the 'Idle Apprentice'. Harper's subsequently apologised and Du Maurier toned down the references to JW. A condition of the settlement between Harper's and JW was that the letter should be published in newspapers of his choice (see JW to W. Webb, #06206).

8.  my telegram

9.  Abrahams
Not identified.

10.  [butterfly signature]
'With thousands ... [butterfly signature]' is written at right-angles to the main text in the left-hand margin.

11.  Whistler & Du M
Written in Webb's hand.