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System Number: 13179
Date: [29 May 1884][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde[2]
Place: London
Call Number: [Published][3]
Document Type: Wc


From Whistler, Chelsea, to Oscar Wilde, St. James's Church, Sussex Gardens: Fear I may not be able to reach you in time for ceremony - Don't wait.


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Notes:

1.  [29 May 1884]
The telegram was sent on the occasion of the wedding of Oscar Wilde and Constance Lloyd on 29 May 1884.

2.  Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more]. His bride was Constance Mary Wilde (1858-1898), née Lloyd, wife of Oscar Wilde [more].

3.  [Published]
The original telegram has not been located. The text and story were published with minor variations in several newspapers. The telegram to Wilde was sent to 'Atlas' (Edmund Hodgson Yates (1831-1894), novelist, 'Atlas' columnist and editor-proprietor of the World [more]) for publication in his 'What the World Says', The World: A Journal for Men and Women, no. 518, vol. 20, 4 June 1884, p. 12 (632). It was reprinted in Theatrical Program, 11 June 1884 (GUL pc8, p. 7). A similar story, omitting names, was published in The Whitehall Review, 5 June 1884 (GUL pc6, p. 12). An uncredited version of the same story was published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890, p. 252, under the title 'Don't wait'.