Documents associated with: Munroe
Record 2 of 5
System Number: 08557
Recipient: William Heinemann
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS
Do write me a line and tell me what this means, and what I am to say - You know I instructed Munroes to buy 10.000 fs. worth - What is this 400 f? - Shall I call and ask? -
Now I want you to find out at once if any statement or story has been going about in the London papers to the effect that "Dr. Leyds has been thrashed by an Englishman"? - Of course we have seen nothing of the kind here. But I am asked in a letter from London if I have heard of Dr. Leyds' visit to the Elysée, & of his having been thrashed [p. 2] by an Englishman?!! -
This would be such a marvelous bit of the mad Podsnap! and so completely in keeping with the attitude of these barbarians, to whom ruffianism and outrage [
illegible] straight from the shoulder would seem to be the natural reply in their present shame and destraction!
Do find out all about this and write at once. If you find any paper or account, cut out the bit and post immediately.
Go round to your club tonight and ask -
It is odd though that the N. Y. Herald has never said a word about anything of the kind - Cannot be true? do you think?
3. '[ca. 1897]'
Added in another hand, and apparently incorrect.
Bankers; JW was buying shares.
5. Dr. Leyds
In 1898 to strengthen his relations with foreign powers, Kruger sent Dr W. J. Leyds (b. 1859), to Europe as a roving diplomat, representing the Transvaal government. JW supported the Boers throughout the Boer War (1899-1902). He was probably in Paris at the time of this letter.
John Podsnap, a self-important character in Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend (London, 1864-65).
7. at once