System Number: 05343
Date: [8/15 September 1890]
Recipient: James Runciman
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R238
Document Type: ALd
My dear Mr Runciman -
Your most refreshing
I was just going to write
and thank you for to you and acknowledge my debt of gratutude [sic] - for to you alone do I owe the exceeding satisfaction that every gentleman must experience s in in kicking a cur or horsewhipping a Moore - Had it not been for you not only should I have missed I should probably never have seen "The Hawk" which is not to be met with at any club that I frequent and so You drew my attention to the number which contained not only your own brilliant lines, but the fo dastardly attack on a dead man by this dirty dog for which it was my privelege [sic] to thrash him on the excellent occasion of the first night at Drury Lane -
This public opportunity was carefully chosen, as was the small
cane flexible cane with which to admin[i]ster the chastisement to your "good fellow" before the great gathering of his colleagues. and
Oh it was all daintily done - and I frankly admit that at the present moment it is with childish
pleasure joy I go over these delicate details for the appreciation pleasure of an artist of your keen appreciation - Everything went marvellously - there was no hitch of any kind - even while I stood in the vestibule there came a telegram which enabled the amiable Manager to give me seats in this crowded house packed from floor to roof - and the [...]
[p. 2] What was all important -
no fatality the wretched "good fellow" came to his fate -
My dear Good My dear Good Sir -
I have recieved [sic] your monstrous and inexcusable effusion of good will ! - and
notwithstanding its amazing marvelous I answ incongruity
[p. 4] You live in the country - and your mind is filled with vague fears -
Not only do I owe [...]
pp. 1, 2 and 4 were written in pencil, p. 3 in ink.
8. Drury Lane
JW responded to an article in the Hawk, which he considered to libel the late E. W. Godwin, by striking A. Moore with a cane in the foyer of Drury Lane Theatre on Saturday evening, 6 September 1890.
9. 21. Cheyne.
These words are in ink; the rest of the page in pencil. This was written in the left margin, and 'Not only do I owe' at the foot of the page, upside down.