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System Number: 00926
Date: [March/June 1885?][1]
Author: Helen Lenoir[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler D132
Document Type: ALfS



[...] thing is America in the autumn - if you will go - I will go over myself & do it. I am perfectly certain as to making it a success - a much bigger success than that of Mr Wilde[4] there. England [p. 2] is slower (in the provinces) & more stupid -

I shall be back Friday night or Sat morning. Are you going to forsake me altogether now that the première[5] is over?

Yrs sincly

Helen Lenoir

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1.  [March/June 1885?]
Dated from reference to JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture', the major public statement of his aesthetic ideas.

2.  Helen Lenoir
Helen Lenoir (1852-1913), née Coupar Black, actress and stage manager [more].

3.  '3'
Encircled number, written in purple pencil, in upper left-hand corner of sheet. It appears that the previous two pages have been lost.

4.  Mr Wilde
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more]. Wilde embarked on an extensive lecture tour of America and Canada from January to October 1882 (see correspondence between JW and Wilde, #07053-56, #11393).

5.  première
JW delivered the 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' for the first time on 20 February 1885 at the Prince's Hall, Piccadilly, aided by Lenoir and Richard D'Oyly Carte (1844-1901), impresario and property developer [more]. Lenoir later wrote that she expected him to take his lecture to America in 'about September' 1886 (see H. Lenoir to R. D'Oyly Carte, #00927). However, he never made it across the Atlantic, probably due to his increasing involvement with the Society of British Artists (he was elected President on 1 June 1886) and his intensifying rivalry with Wilde.