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System Number: 02647
Date: [June 1890][1]
Author: Wolcott Balestier[2]
Place: [London?]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L181
Document Type: TLI/AL[3]

Oh excellent one! ----

we dont owe you anything at this blessed moment, you know; a fact which makes the moment unblessed. We have some beautiful property of yours which we ought one of these days to be able to sell; but how to pay royalty on books[4] which are still in process of earning it, and justify the riotous act to any principle of business I know not!

I anticipate your answer, however. I do damn business principles, with you; and enclose a sight draft on New York for half the unsold edition de luxe or so. They report the ordinary edition as having practically ceased to sell. But the edition de luxe is safe to go off in the course of time, and I merely draw on that time.

ever yours,

W. B.

5 Neville St.


This[5] may be used as you would a cheque except that it must go through your bank,
It is money, essentially.

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1.  [June 1890]
Dated by reference to a publication (see below).

2.  Wolcott Balestier
Charles Wolcott Balestier (1861-1891), novelist and literary agent [more].

3.  TLI/AL
The bulk of this letter is typewritten; the final paragraph is by hand.

4.  books
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London, 1890.

5.  This
'This may...essentially' was written by hand.