Documents associated with: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co.
Record 9 of 9
System Number: 11287
Date: [29 May/June 1899]
Recipient: William Heinemann
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 11/942-3
Document Type: TLc
What then in the name of all that is exasperating is this Congress in which you have so utterly disappeared? -
I make nothing out of it all - and conceive the Baronet to have really managed devilish well! - I suppose that George Moore is, in a way, a power, and toadied to by the writing people because of all this.
In short the bottom seems to have fallen out - and none of your men, you were so sure of, have ventured to come up to the scratch -
There is no use saying anything more about it -
The book itself, in time, will assert itself strongly enough - but meanwhile you have been jockeyed by your journalists just as surely as I was by the Baronet! -
I fancy that here things are going to be better - for I have had a charming letter - with detailed plans - and preparations accomplished from Davrey -
I don't see why you shouldn't write to me "anyhow!" - And fancy my being asked from the office as to whether Simpkins should be furnished with circulars, and whether it were not well to advertise more freely .....!
Tell your wife, with my best compliments, and most charming messages, that I entirely take her view of yourself and [p. 2] and your Congress! and that I will think out an Oval of herself that shall embody our indignation at neglected Beauty and Genius!!
1. [29 May/June 1899]
Dated from the reference to reviews of Eden versus Whistler and to H. D'Avray (see below).
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more]. In 1894, JW quarrelled with Eden over the completion of Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408), a portrait of Eden's wife. Eden instituted legal proceedings against him but the case was not resolved until December 1897. See Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24] for JW's account of the affair. It was published on 13 May 1899.
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