The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07929
Date: [3/10 December 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Douglas[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/27/1
Document Type: ALS[3]

Dear Mr. Douglas -

Many thanks for so kindly sending me on the Pall Mall[4] - I quite understand it - and doubtless shall receive the later edition this morning from Town - -

Your resumé of whole case[5] in the Morning Post[6] is most lucid & delightful - just what one wished. I can see though that they have [p. 2] tampered with it at the Office - and shall tell Dunn[7] what I think of this sparing[8] the Baronet[9] - and spoiling this child! -

They took out all about the 400 guineas profit which, though happily you had most clearly managed to fire off in your former little note, would have told tremendously here! - but they are a timid lot over there!

However - it is all most most excellent & charming & I appreciate greatly the pluck as well as tact of what you have done! -

With compliments!
and Very Sincerely Yours

J. McNeill Whistler

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1.  [3/10 December 1898]
After 2 December, the date of publication of the article in the Morning Post (see below).

2.  Douglas
Douglas, possibly a journalist at the Morning Post.

3.  ALS
Deep mourning border (12 mm.).

4.  Pall Mall
The Pall Mall Gazette, a London evening newspaper.

5.  case
This letter relates to 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], JW's account of his libel action with Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more], over the completion of Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408), a portrait of Eden's wife. The book was to be published by William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more]. However JW became agitated when it looked as if premature publicity about the American edition of the book was about to appear and he changed the first place of publication from London to Paris. JW and Heinemann 'staged' this event through the press.

6.  Morning Post
'Painter and Publisher,' Morning Post, 2 December 1898. The Post published its remarks on the trial alongside Heinemann's and JW's letters to the press (#09159 and #13851). Heinemann must have sent the original press-cutting to JW as it is stuck to a sheet of his business notepaper, #04551.

7.  Dunn
James Nicol Dunn (1856-1919), editor of the Morning Post from 1897-1905 [more].

8.  sparing
Prov. 13.24: 'He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes'

9.  Baronet
Sir William Eden.