System Number: 02037
Date: 17 February 1888
Author: James R. Osgood
Place: New York
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H138
Document Type: ALS
HARPER & BROTHERS.
FRANKLIN SQUARE, NEW YORK.
Feb. 17. 1888
Dear Mr Whistler:
I was hoping we might after all arrange for the publication of Ten O'Clock 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.
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 to accept your Conditions. I will let you know the result when it is reached. I shall be back in London about March 12.
J. R. Osgood
J. A. McNeil [sic] Whistler Esq
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.
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.