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System Number: 09007
Date: [June 1890/1891?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Wolcott Balestier[2]
Place: [London?]
Repository: British Library, London
Call Number: Department of Manuscripts, Ashley A.4603.30
Document Type: ALS


My dear Balestier -

I hear you have been laid up with a horrid cold - That's bad! and I can sympathize -

They tell me now though that you are quite better - and so the frivolities of life will begin with you again - Wherefore why not at once send me cheque for Lovell[3]? -

There will be the drollery of giving it to me - and the rollicking of taking it from Lovell!! -

Quel tonique mon cher "pour amolir et adoucir les entrailles de Monsieur[4]"!

As soon as I can get out myself I shall come round and bring you joy - which is health! -

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1.  [June 1890/1891?]
Dated by probable reference to publication (see below).

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

3.  Lovell
John Wurtele Lovell (1852-1932), publisher [more]. He was the American publisher of Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890.

4.  Monsieur
'Quel ... Monsieur', Fr., What a tonic, my dear chap, 'to calm the gentleman's stomach'.