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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09459
Date: [6 June 1888][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Algernon Charles Swinburne[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: British Library, London
Call Number: Department of Manuscripts, Ashley 4601
Document Type: ALS[3]


Bravo! Bard! - and exquisitely written, I suppose, as becomes your state -

The scientific irrelevancies and solemn popularities, less elaborately embodied, I seem to have met with before - in papers signed by more than one serious and unqualified sage, whose mind also was not narrowed by knowledge.

I have been 'personal' you say; and faith! you prove it! - [p. 2]

Thank you my dear! - I have lost a confrère; but then I have gained an acquaintance - one Algernon Swinburne - 'outsider' - Putney

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Notes:

1.  [6 June 1888]
Date of first publication (see note below).

2.  Algernon Charles Swinburne
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), poet and critic [more]. This relates to Swinburne's attack on JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' which had recently been published in the Fortnightly Review. See Swinburne, Algernon Charles, 'Mr Whistler's Lecture on Art,' Fortnightly Review, vol. 43, no. 258, (new series), 1 June 1888, vol. 49, (old series), pp. 745-51.

3.  ALS
This is the version as it was published in the World. See Whistler, James McNeill, [Letter to Swinburne, Sent to 'Atlas'], The World: A Journal For Men and Women, no. 727, vol. 28, 6 June 1888, p. 17. Reprinted in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, p. 262. JW misdates the letter publication date as '3 June 1888' in the Gentle Art. JW also published a fuller reply (#11425) in the Gentle Art, pp. 259-61.