The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02037
Date: 17 February 1888
Author: James R. Osgood[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H138
Document Type: ALS



Feb. 17. 1888

Dear Mr Whistler:

I was hoping we might after all arrange for the publication of Ten O'Clock[2] in Harper's Magazine. The Editor would have given One Hundred Pounds for such use. But I suppose it is inconsistent with your arrangement with Messrs Chatto & Windus[3].

Messrs Harper do not think they can meet your terms (25 %) for the book-[p. 2]form publication, so in accordance with our understanding I am trying to arrange with some other publisher[4] to accept your Conditions. I will let you know the result when it is reached. I shall be back in London[5] about March 12.

Yours sincerely

J. R. Osgood

J. A. McNeil [sic] Whistler Esq

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1.  James R. Osgood
James Ripley Osgood (1836-1892), agent for Harper and Bros, publishers [more].

2.  Ten O'Clock
The 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' was JW's chief public statement of his aesthetic ideas. It was first delivered in London on 20 February 1885. This note concerns a proposal to publish the 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' in Harper's Monthly magazine (see Harper to JW, #02035).

3.  Messrs Chatto & Windus
The 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' would be published by Chatto & Windus on 11 May, hence Osgood's concern over JW's contractual arrangements.

4.  publisher
The first American edition of the 'Ten O'Clock' was eventually published by Houghton Mifflin & Co. on 26 May 1888; see Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, A. 10. See also account dated 1 August, #02170.

5.  back in London
Osgood was about to depart for America (see J. R. Osgood to JW, #02038).