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Documents associated with: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co.
Record 8 of 9

System Number: 08545
Date: [15/30 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]


'After publication'
'[May 1899]'

Back again - & safe so far!! -

Now won't Brentano[4] be having a lot from May[5]? - and Gallignani[6]?

You know all the revelations at yesterdays lunch are in a way rather stupendous! and I can not get into my mind quite the appalling [p. 2] the difference in the situation since the day before - when there was no suggestion of the faintest, of panic and necessity of flight, with securities transferred to other lands! -

Now really what does it all mean? You know that from the beginning the firm belief in safety [was?] accompanied the publication[7] in France

Why then this sudden change in the aspect of every thing - Well do keep me in daily touch with the news!! -

What tit bits also about the Private View - ?

With kindest messages to Madame Donna[8] and thanks for all the amiable trouble she has taken for me,
Always affectly

[butterfly signature]

Why should Simpkins'[9] name appear at all!


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Notes:

1.  [15/30 May 1899]
This dates from shortly 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 1899, as indicated by a note inserted in another hand at the top.

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

3.  ALS
Deep mourning border.

4.  Brentano
Publishers and booksellers, Paris.

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

6.  Gallignani
Galignani Library and publishers, Paris.

7.  publication
Double underlined. It appears that Heinemann, who had originally planned to publish the book in London, was still nervous that he or JW were at some risk of being sued over the publication.

8.  Donna
Magda Stuart Heinemann (m. 1899), née Sindici, pseudonym 'Kassandra Vivaria', writer [more]. This sentence continues up the left side and (upside down) along the top margin.

9.  Simpkins'
Booksellers and publishers; see JW's letter to Messrs Simpkins, 12 May 1899, #05449. This sentence is written in the left margin of p. 1.