The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02677
Date: 28 February 1894
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Charles de Sousy Ricketts[1]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 1/152
Document Type: MsLd[2]

To Charles Shannon[3] Esq
The Vale Kings Rd

110 Rue du Bac

February 28th 1894

Dear Mr Ricketts

It was very nice of you and Mr Shannon to write to me about this proposal of Heinemann's[4].

I am very glad to acknowledge on your part, The feeling of what is right, as well as the delicacy and courtesy that prompted your letter. All this is of the greatest rarity in these days, at least, such is my experience, and I am consequently, the more grateful.

Let there be now, no more scruples, so that is all right! Go on with the Album - as Heinemann proposes, with Rothenstein[5], and I shall be most interested to see what you all do -

Waiting for me in my any case [p. 2] would be folly - on the publishers part as heaven knows when, in the midst of things get at the "Songs"[6] again.

Your Dial[7] is most delightful[.] How kind of you to send it, as yet, I have only looked - of course, at the painters portion, that is the work of you two - the rest appears at present difficult!

With my best wishes to you both for every success - Believe me
Very sincerely

J McNeill Whistler

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1.  Charles de Sousy Ricketts
Charles de Sousy Ricketts (1866-1931), painter and designer [more].

2.  MsLd
Written in the hand of Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

3.  Charles Shannon
Charles Hazlewood Shannon (1863-1937), painter and lithographer [more]. This was written in reponse to

4.  Heinemann's
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more]. Shannon had written to JW expressing 'a certain state of embarassment' that Heinemann wanted Shannon and William Rothenstein to join him in producing a set of lithographs, see #05410; see also B. Whistler to W. Heinemann, [15 January 1894], #08472; and JW to Heinemann, #09853.

5.  Rothenstein
William Rothenstein (1872-1945), artist [more].

6.  'Songs'
Songs on Stone (excat 19), an idea for a series of lithographs conceived by Heinemann and JW during the latter part of 1891. Their intention seems to have been to publish a series of four plates in Britain and America in periodic parts (see W. Heinemann to JW, #02083). However, the project was never completed and seems to have been abandoned by the spring of 1894 (W. Heinemann to JW, #02086).

7.  Dial
The Dial, the literary and artistic periodical published by Ricketts and Shannon. It was published irregularly (there were only five issues) between 1889 and 1897.