The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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Record 32 of 32

System Number: 08536
Date: [June/September 1897][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [Brighton]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

I suppose that you have gone with ease, my dear host & publisher, direct from the East to East Brighton! - or else I might have expected a word from you to say that you are grieved to hear that I have been ill! -

Yes the Doctor here has had me in charge - and - for me - I have been very much down in my mind as well as low in health! -

[p. 2] This afternoon I got out for the first time - and looked up the Financier[4] - I thought he might have charming bits of mining news - but bless you! he is lost in Paris! - Do you ever expect to see him again? -

The Doctor wants me to go and "rest" for a week or two - somewhere in the warmth -

But it's no rest to me to potter off alone - without even a Constant[5] to take care of the things - I thought I might compromise the matter by just staying for a day or two or a week at Dieppe - But they think the winds are too harsh up there for anyone who has been trying to get rid of a cold for nearly four months! -

You might wire over the name of a hotel in Marseilles - in case I should make up my mind to run down there tomorrow night -

What are you going to do? -

In any case I shall get back as soon as I can -


[butterfly signature]

110. Rue du Bac -

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1.  [June/September 1897]
Dated from the address and references to finance, health and travel (JW went to Dieppe later in the season); similar subjects appear in another letter to Heinemann, #08482. Another hand has added '[ca. 1899]' at the top.

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

3.  ALS
Deep mourning border.

4.  Financier
Edmund Heinemann (b. ca 1866), stockbroker [more], advised JW to buy shares in the Ivanhoe mines and other investments.

5.  Constant
T. C. J. Constant, JW's servant and valet [more]; he had got into trouble earlier in the year, and presumably left JW's service.