[crest with hand holding an anchor, and motto:] NON ROBORE SED SPE
9 Down Street
London, W -
16 May 1890
Dear Mr Whistler,
You will be amused to hear that I was accosted at Cyril Flower's on Wednesday by our friend - [p. 2] Oscar! He affected a great deal of bonhommie [sic] and wound up by intreating [sic] me, if I ever republished my memoirs, to omit his name altogether. He said he had done me a service by originally [p. 3] suggesting the Memoirs & he claimed as a return that I shd leave him alone. I have since read over an impertinent letter he wrote me last November, about "Vulgarity" &c., & I am writing to tell him that its tone does not warrant his present expectation [p. 4] of favours.
Is it too late to put in your book that Oscar is so ashamed of his plagiarism that he is trying to get it hushed up?
Yours very sincerely
The paper has a mourning border.
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London, 1890.