The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co.
Record 3 of 9

System Number: 08519
Date: 14 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]

110. Rue du Bac. Paris

May 14. '[1899]'

My dear Heinemann -

Of course I am awfully disappointed at getting no letter this morning! - I certainly thought I should have had full details and also especially a sort of beautiful council of war - in which we would have found brilliant means of meeting all difficulties [p. 2] and especially of keeping up the fine front of tradition! - I am sure I faced the music beautifully - What did you think of my letter to Simpkins[4]? - and sending this to Webb[5]! Wasn't that a noble touch! And now you say nothing - I want also your inspiration - or the fun leaves the camp if one feels that one is doing "a lot of thinking" by oneself! -

Now what about the "other party" for Simpkins? The Secretary What do you find for this? -

You said in your telegram that the security wanted by Simpkins really "means nothing" - What do you say of things altogether? Dont you think you see on the horizon the "other party" sailing in? - Simpkins want[s] securities deposited in their lawyers' hands - Now what do you advise? What securities? - They must have told you all this - and you leave me without the wit of your wisdom that you so effectively brought down the Bank with !! -

A cheque for £300 - is rather a pull isn't it? Wire me something -

And what about May[6]? I went round to see him yesterday - but he was away - and upon the whole perhaps it was just as well - for I am quite without knowing how far he is troubled or what it would [p. 3] be best to say - He doesnt seem to be very anxious - at any rate here -

What line would you propose when I do see him? write it out - Though meanwhile I had better stay away - clearly until this matter with Simpkins may right itself - -

And now one line of warm thanks to Mrs. Heinemann[7] for her great kindness in attending to the tiresome matter of Marie[8] for me!

And do write -

Always sincerely

J McN. Whistler

Tell the Financier[9] that now is the time for that fortune he is making for me!

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1.  14 May [1899]
Dated by the sequence of correspondence (see below). Another hand has added '[1899]' by the date given.

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

3.  ALS
Deep mourning border.

4.   letter to Simpkins
JW's letter of 12 May 1899, #05449.

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

6.  May
Louis-Henry May, printer [more].

7.  Mrs. Heinemann
Magda Stuart Heinemann (m. 1899), née Sindici, pseudonym 'Kassandra Vivaria', writer [more].

8.  Marie
Marie, a Belgian servant hired by JW in London.

9.  Financier
Edmund Heinemann (b. ca 1866), stockbroker [more]. This sentence is written in the left margin of p. 1, at right angles to the main text.