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System Number: 05001
Date: 17 April 1890
Author: B. Pope[1]
Place: Edinburgh
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P641
Document Type: ALS


April 17/90

Dear Mr Heinemann

I have seen a copy of "Gentle Art[3] &c" at Thins[4] to day but they will not sell me one, they say that they could hardly work out what the American[5] who was offering it meant as he was not willing to give too many particulars — the title which I have copied is Gentle Art of Making Enemies, by Sheridan Ford published by F Stokes[6] Bro. New York 1890 in paper cover, this is all the information I can get at present,

Yours truly

B. Pope


P. S. I purchased 2 copies of "Gentle Art &c" to day at a booksellers here, it sells 2/- cost 2/1. I have forwarded them to you, I could not get the name of the man who it appears only asks permission to leave copies on sale he has promised to call again in a weeks time to learn results, "Washington Glasgow" next address

B P.

This document is protected by copyright.


Mr Wm Heinemann
21 Bedford St
[postmark:] 6K2 / EDINBURGH / AP 17 / 90
[postmark on verso:] LONDON W. C. C. X. / A C / AP 18 / 90

[on verso:] the reason the "man" is calling upon the trade is that the Publisher of "Gentle Art" has fallen foul of his Agent still I cannot find out the particulars as to name &c &c


1.  B. Pope
B. Pope, unidentified.

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

3.  Gentle Art
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London, 1890.

4.  Thins
James Thin, long-established Edinburgh firm of booksellers.

5.  American
Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more]. This letter relates to the publication of The Gentle Art of Making Enemies (1890). JW quarrelled with Ford, his original collaborator on the volume, when he tried to pay him off and delay publication. Ford's reaction was to publish his own 'unauthorised' edition during the spring of 1890. Lewis and JW attempted to stop the publication but only with limited success. See Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890 and Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890 for comparison of the two editions.

6.  F Stokes
Frederick Abbott Stokes (1857-1939), publisher and bookseller [more], published Ford's Gentle Art.