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System Number: 08801
Date: [January/April 1899][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


110. Rue du Bac -

Now this is what I want! - I want the registering part of the "Gramophone"! -

The head office is in London -

Imhof & Mukle[3], 110. New Oxford Street -

Don't you think you might go there and get it for me? - I suppose it attaches to the machine I have - But in any case, if it be altogether a separate instrument, I want it! - You see if I had it, I could put it in the Academie[4], and everything would be recorded - and by and bye you could bring out [p. 2] the "Whistler Cours" in a wonderful book! - and what an amazing thing that would be! - Dont say anything about it - but do see about it - I shall try in Paris too - but I may not find it -

May[5] - He showed me a letter, a sort of bill of lading saying that the plates only left London on the 9th[6] and they were not yet here yesterday as I understood!

Now this must go -

Always

[butterfly signature]

'Jan '99'


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Notes:

1.  [January/April 1899]
The letter is dated in an unknown hand 'Jan '99', although it could date from nearer the publication date of Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24], in May 1899.

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

3.  Imhof & Mukle
The London Post Office Directory of 1893 describes their business as 'automatic orchestras, pneumatic & handle dance-pianos, organs & musical boxes; repairs of every description. Makers to Her Majesty by special appointment, 110 New Oxford street, Holborn end WC'.

4.  Academie
The Académie Carmen, newly started by Carmen Rossi in Paris; JW visited it occasionally.

5.  May
Louis-Henry May, printer [more], publisher of 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.  9th
Triple underlined.