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System Number: 10816
Date: [28 December 1901][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 11/990
Document Type: TLc

Saturday night.
'29 / 12 / 1901.'[3]

My dear Heinemann -

Gilmer[4] must be in a very troubled state to write me this hysterically abrupt letter of desperate suggestions! -

The fact is, I suppose, they forget to bring back half the things from Hinde Street[5], or neglected to take them away at the time, and now that book of yours can't be found! -

It is certainly not at the studio, as I have written to Gilmer to say -

For it is perfectly well remembered - a large fat volume of paper cuttings - and was left, with other articles, lamp, etc., according to your special request, (or Webb's list) to be sent for from Bedford Street -

Perhaps Mr. Moore[6], Hinde Street Landlord, may be able to help you - When my furniture was removed, your things were left in the rooms, in his charge. The whole place was in the state of disorder that came after the Nicholson Show[7] - tin tacks all over the table - tickets and scraps strewn about - in short you know - and I mention this because Mr. Moore as he locked the door of the room after my men, said he was only waiting for Mr. Heinemanns things to go that he might have the women to clean the place again.

How are you all? - What do you think of De Wet's[8] Christmas eve! ! - Amazing.

Many things to you both - but I shall write.

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [28 December 1901]
28 December 1901 was a Saturday; the letter was dated by the recipient, according to the copyist.

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

3.  '29 / 12 / 1901.'
Written by W. Heinemann on the original.

4.  Hinde Street
The Company of the Butterfly, which was established to sell JW's work, but was not very successful and had just been closed.

5.  Gilmer
J. W. Gilmer, employee or associate of William Heinemann [more].

6.  Mr. Moore
Moore, JW's landlord at 2 Hinde Street.

7.  Nicholson Show
Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson (1872-1949), painter, poster designer [more].

8.  De Wet's
Christiaan Rudolph de Wet (1854-1922), Boer general [more]; JW supported the Boers during the Boer War (1889-1902).