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System Number: 04186
Date: [5 October/December 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: James Nicol Dunn[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M456
Document Type: ALS

Mr. Whistler presents himself to the Editor of the Morning Post, and begs him to accept his acknowledgement of the very pretty compliment paid him in his paper[3] -

He is much touched by such gallant courtesy - and greatly delights in its exquisite taste, and the high finish and grace of its fashion -

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [5 October/December 1898]
It is possible that this relates to JW's letter to the Daily Chronicle and Morning Post concerning the Académie Carmen, 3 October 1898, #07664. Alternatively it could concern the publication of the Baronet and the Butterfly (see below). A copy of this letter (#02936) bears the address of 110 rue du Bac and is in a letterbook containing copies of letters between December 1897 and September 1899; it confirms that this letter dates from between June and December 1898.

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

3.  ALS
Written on paper with a mourning border.

4.  paper
This may relate to an announcement of the opening of the Académie Carmen, with JW's support, in Paris in October 1898 (see above). However, it is also possible that this letter relates to Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24]. It was to have been published in London by William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more], until the New York press prematurely published some extracts. As a result, JW decided to change the venue to Paris, where it appeared in May 1899. This letter could have been a response to a comment from the editor of the Morning Post, regretting its loss to England. See W. Heinemann to various newspaper editors, #13199; JW to W. Heinemann, #02088; and Whistler, James McNeill, 'Painter and Publisher,' The Morning Post, 2 December 1898.