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Record 36 of 154

System Number: 13774
Date: [5/12 June 1884?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Katharine Louisa Boughton[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Private Collection
Document Type: ALS

Well then 'Yes' - dear Mrs Boughton - though I had been thinking of a breakfast[3] of my own - as indeed I told you -

However I shall appear at your lunch on Sunday next with great delight -

Did you see the telegram to Oscar[4] in the World? -

With love to Flossie[5] always

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [5/12 June 1884?]
Dated by reference to JW's telegram to O. Wilde (see below).

2.  Katharine Louisa Boughton
Katharine Louisa (b. ca 1845), Mrs G. H. Boughton [more].

3.  breakfast
JW's 'Sunday breakfasts' were meeting places for artists, patrons, stars of the stage and fashionable world.

4.  Oscar
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more]. The telegram referred to is JW to O. Wilde, [29 May 1884], #13179. It 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'.

5.  Flossie
Florence ('Flossie') Boughton (b.1863, m.1887), Mrs J. C. Montagu Robb [more].