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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co.
Record 6 of 9

System Number: 08518
Date: [15/22 May 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]


'[May 1899]'

Rushing! - Wired Simpkins[4] this morning "All right writing" -

Have Webbs[5] opinion "Cannot attack Bank account -" -

Don't seem to me that the Morning Post was very bad - rather well perhaps for the moment - And why should not[6] other papers be prevented by the calm & rather "dignified" tone of Post [p. 2] which ought to sound as if "of course - all right - & success".

The Morning Post man here Mr Douglas[7], who did the trial, has been after me all the while - and yesterday again - begging for book to do something - [Shall?] Shall I give it him for further review for Monday - Dunn[8] might put it in - But the others are sure - I feel that success "is round"! - and I smell the battle - Of course I write to Simpkins and tell him am responsible - Why not now yourself go and see him on this note - and push see that he goes on - But who is to be the "other party" - ? - You dont seem to have answered my wire of this morning? - I wanted text for Simpkins letter - However - he will show you - and you can encourage - Seeing May[9] in morning - Cannot Brentano[10] do something as an order to appease May meanwhile

[butterfly signature]


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Notes:

1.  [15/22 May 1899]
This dates from after the publication of Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24], on 13 May, in Paris; it forms part of a sequence of undated letters (see #09889, #04744, #08521, #10812, #08800). Another hand has inserted '[May 1899]' at the top.

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

3.  ALS
The paper has a deep mourning border.

4.  Simpkins
Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., publishers and newsagents.

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

6.  not
Corrected from 'the'.

7.  Douglas
Douglas, possibly a journalist at the Morning Post; he covered the Eden v Whistler trial for the Morning Post.

8.  Dunn
A. Homeyer Dunn, employee of the Fine Art Society.

9.  May
Louis-Henry May, printer [more] and publisher of Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].

10.  Brentano
Publishers.