The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05990
Date: 16 May 1890
Author: Herbert Vivian[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler V78
Document Type: ALS[2]


[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[3] on Wednesday by our friend - [p. 2] Oscar[4]! 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[5] that Oscar is so ashamed of his plagiarism that he is trying to get it hushed up?

Yours very sincerely

Herbert Vivian

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1.  Herbert Vivian
Herbert Vivian (1865-1940), author, editor of The Whirlwind [more].

2.  ALS
The paper has a mourning border.

3.  Cyril Flower's
Cyril Flower (1843-1907), barrister, Liberal MP, 1st Baron Battersea [more].

4.  Oscar
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more]. The subject of Wilde is continued in #05992.

5.  book
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London, 1890.