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System Number: 08485
Date: [18 October 1897][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

[date stamp:] RECEIVED / 19 OCT 97 / W. HEINEMANN

110. Rue du Bac -

'[Oct. 1897]'[4]
Monday -

My dear Heinemann -

As you will have supposed, the case[5] is not likely to come off tomorrow - It will probably be put off for eight days, if not for a couple of weeks - I will wire as agreed -

Paris wonderful! - full summer! - The letter on the Academy[6] greatly delighted [p. 2] in!

I have as I told you cheque for £100 (Monotypes[7]) ready for you in desk, in studio - and dont you forget it! -

This must go at once -


J McNeill Whistler

If the Daily Mail published my second little letter[8] this morning, do send it on - or any thing else of interest -

This document is protected by copyright.


1.  [18 October 1897]
Monday was 18 October.

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

3.  ALS
Written on mourning paper.

4.  '[Oct. 1897]'
Added in another hand.

5.  case
Probably a reference to JW's dispute with Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more] over Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408). On St Valentine's Day, 1894, with the picture nearing completion, Eden sent JW a cheque for 100 guineas. JW was dissatisfied with his work and refused to hand it over. Eden instituted legal proceedings, which dragged on until December 1897 when JW, on appeal, was permitted by the Cour de Cassation in Paris to keep the picture provided that he did not make use of it. See JW's account of the affair: Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].

6.  letter on the Academy
JW was referring to 'J. T.,' Letter to the Editor headed 'Mr Whistler's Character,' Daily Mail, 18 October 1897, p. 4. This was in reply to his letter to the Daily Mail, 12 October 1897, #09263. The two letters concerned a business circular addressed to JW at the Royal Academy that was forwarded to him bearing the correction 'Not known at the R. A.'

7.  Monotype
JW invested in shares in a monotype printing process. The Monotype Machine (British Patent) Syndicate, however, was about to be involved in a court action for infringment of patent by the Tachytype Manufacturing Company, so his purchases may have been ill-timed (Times, London, 27 October 1897, p. 1).

8.  second little letter
This letter was never published in the Daily Mail.