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Record 9 of 55

System Number: 02464
Date: [13/15 December 1886?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Henrietta Labouchère[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L1
Document Type: ALd


He is wrong! dear Mrs Labouchère - he is wrong! - as far as it is possible for a great & Machiavelian Statesman to be so, he is wrong! -

The man Child[3] has written some foolish reply - protesting doubtless that he is 'all right'! - and making pretense of still having on his scalp - after my so beautifully gathering it in your paper! - and Henry[4] - the advanced one amongst us - won't [p. 2] let me answer it immediately[5] - that on Wednesday we might read in Truth[6], not only the dull and overwrought dreariness of the distraught Child, but my own light graceful dainty swift and certain smasher at one and the same moment - on the same page!!! - not only to the baffled rage of the "Just" - but to the Joy and delight of the "Unjust"

not only[7] the surprised distress of the distraught & dying Child

No! - he wont have it dear Mrs. Labouchère - and merely because "these things are not done"! - whereas it is only necessary that I should do them and then they are done! -

Just think of the effect of such a coup! -

I am so disappointed - and I am sure dear Mrs. Labouchère you must be too! -

and take but little interest - now - Why should I point out What am I to insist upon again what is patent to the nous autres[8] stuffiness of the [inane?] that the unaccustomed cChild mistakes his hat for his scalp

this later scalp -

It is safely docketed in my collection - and much more there is a certain drolerie withal in the fact that my

where it hangs in its modest little place - Also not born about Bond street in triumph as Mr. Child would fain believe! How should he know the cataloguing of the Collection? - that he should suppose more rejoicing over this one[9] than over the ninety & nine others -

[p. 3] A choice collection is mine

Arry[10], my pet - my creation - whom I created made that I might destroy him / and of late Humphrey[11] the "plain man" of Bloomsbury a pretty neat piece of work [illegible word] - and his Chief of Printing House Square[12] - Shall this Child of the Banlieu make more to do about his wig than

himself more precious -

pose as prettier prey than these? - that

and this simple Child proposes that [listen?]

[p. 1] Henry[13] you have quite spoiled my joy - which was

Henry do you know I am blasé with much


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Notes:

1.  [13/5 December 1886 ?]
This is related to a letter published in Truth on 13 January 1887 (see #00611 and #00610).

2.  Henrietta Labouchère
Henrietta Labouchère (1841-1910), née Hodson, actress, wife of Henry Labouchère [more].

3.  Child
Theodore Child (1846-1892), journalist and art critic [more]. Child had written an article criticizing JW, who called him a traitor (#11015).

4.  Henry
Henry Du Pré Labouchère (1831-1912), journalist and Liberal MP [more].

5.  immediately
Double underlined.

6.  Wednesday we might read in Truth
Truth, journal edited by H. Labouchère.

7.  not only
'not only ... dying Child' written at top of page two.

8.  nous autres
Fr., we others.

9.  more rejoicing over this one
This alludes to Matthew 18.12-13 - 'How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.'

10.  Arry
Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more].

11.  Humphrey
Thomas Humphrey Ward (1845-1926), journalist and author [more].

12.  Printing House Square
The headquarters of the Times, London; he probably means George Earl Buckle (1854-1935), editor of the Times from 1884-1912 [more].

13.  Henry
Written in the top margin of p. 1.