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System Number: 01866
Date: [1885/1886?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: George Grossmith[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G231
Document Type: ALS

"Je te savois brave[3] - mais je ne te savois pas plus brave que moy - ton roy"
Henri[4] -

Which means my dear Bunthorne[5] that I knew you amazing! - but I did not know you were more amazing than I! -


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1.  [1885/1886?]
Dated by signature.

2.  George Grossmith
George Grossmith (1847-1912), critic [more].

3.  Je te savois brave
Fr., I knew you were brave but I did not know you were braver than I - your king'.

4.  Henri
Henri (1553-1610), King of Navarre (1572-1589) and Henri IV of France (1589-1610).

5.  Bunthorne
Grossmith had played Reginald Bunthorne in Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta Patience when it opened on 23 April 1881. The character was a caricature of an aesthetic dandy, based on popular images of Oscar Wilde and JW.