Documents associated with: Gilbert, Alfred
Record 17 of 46
System Number: 01661
Date: 19 November 1890
Author: Alfred Gilbert
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G27
Document Type: ALS
Nov 19. 90 -
My dear Whistler -
Spare me my scalp and extend to me your forgiveness, for having neglected till now to acknowledge your Gift of the book on the "Gentle Art." I intended day after day to come to [p. 2] thank you in person, and eat your proffered luncheon but I have been kept away from these parts by unavoidable causes.
I have read, marked and inwardly digested, [p. 3] most thoroughly, this wonderful work of yours, and I feel myself quite qualified to "peddle" the plums from it in the Provinces were I given to such ways.
I can understand the irresistible temptation, or at least in a measure forgive
it [p. 4] those who fall into it, of quoting the dainty sayings, and sympathize in their chagrin at their inability to have invented them for themselves.
You I congratulate most sincerely, and thank for your delightful book of endless amusement.
2. Gentle Art
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890.