[JW is pleased by an invitation of Cust's to meet:] two nice ladies [...]
I was very much touched by your kind letter.
A word in your ear: you might perhaps help me a little. If it be at all possible on the plea of coarseness or, in short, if in your character as an editor you can keep out of the Pall Mall further gross and foolish attacks of the nature of the last I should really be grateful. For I am not at all now in the gayest of humours and I am greatly driven - not a moment to lose and I have other anxieties. [...]
Published in Scott, J. W. Robertson, The life and death of a newspaper. An account of the Temperaments, Perturbations and Achievements of John Morley, W. T. Stead, E. T. Cook, Harry Cust, and three other Editors of the Pall Mall Gazette, London , 1952, p. 368.