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System Number: 07658
Date: [23 April 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Elizabeth Robins Pennell[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 272/14/5
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac.

Dear Mrs. Pennell -

I think that you ought to be on the Committee[4] - dont you? -

Certainly I write "Presidents Messages" continually that you would delight in -

of course they really are meant for your appreciation! Does Joseph[5] [p. 2] properly report them to you?

Tell him that I received very nicely his man for the Pall Mall[6] - and there should [be] a wonderful result in the paper -

Also all of you look out for the Daily News[7] - lay low - and just see how that turns out - though here I dont know much about the man himself - not I should say so correct as Mr Strong[8]!

I dont know when I shall be able to get across the Channel to see you -

I simply dine in bed every evening - and swallow Eucalytus! if that is way to spell it -

Still Joseph must acknowledge I am taking most laudable pains with the proper management of the "Society" - and I depend upon his continued presence at the Meetings and his assiduous devotion to my despotic plans - He ought to write to me - Tell him on no account to miss the next meeting - He ought to be enchanted with what [p. 3] I am doing about the drawings - lithographs, black & white - & Coloured things - which he & Ludovici[9] ought specially to take under their care - Forain[10]! and Milcendeau[11] - and in short there should be something like a show of the nature to satisfy him & wipe up the persons he wots of in Chelsea and elsewhere!

I hope dear Mrs Pennell you are well and that you will send me some nice bits of gossip to encourage me in my attempts to believe that the Influenza is going to tire of me soon!

I may tell you that I have in horror this rowdy war upon the Spaniard[12] who is the only gentleman left!

Excepting always the gallant Gaul!

[butterfly signature][13]

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1.  [23 /25 April 1898]
Dated after 23 April 1898, when JW was elected President of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, and before a published interview on 26 April 1898 (see below).

2.  Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographer [more].

3.  Committee
The Committee of the ISSPG, then organising Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898; see Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2, p. 217.

4.  ALS
Written on paper with a mourning border.

5.  Joseph
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

6.  Pall Mall
A London evening newspaper: JW's interview, Pall Mall Gazette, 26 April 1898, #13170.

7.  Daily News
The article is unidentified.

8.  Mr Strong
Strong, unidentified.

9.  Ludovici
Albert Ludovici, Jr (1852-1932), painter [more].

10.  Forain
Jean Louis Forain (1852-1931), painter and printmaker [more].

11.  Milcendeau
Edmond Charles Théodore Milcendeau (1872-1919), landscape and portrait painter [more].

12.  [butterfly signature]
'That the ... [butterfly signature]' is written in the margins of p. 1 at right angles to the main text.

13.  Spaniard
The Spanish-American colonial war over Cuba (1898-99) was ignited by the mysterious sinking of the U.S. battleship Maine in Havana Harbour on 15 February 1898. The battle itself was brief (April-July 1898) but the Treaty of Paris (which ended the conflict) was not ratified until 1899.