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System Number: 10948
Date: [16 April 1888?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Charles Gray Robertson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Call Number: bMS AM 1631 (422)
Credit Line: Published by permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University
Document Type: ALS

In a very few days my dear Robertson the 'Ten O'clock'[3] will be out - Wont you wait until you may really quote from the printed work? -

I wish enough you could notice in some way the letter in the Pall Mall[4] of the other day -

[p. 2] However far from me to be indiscreet in my turn - and if this be not proper pray forgive

Yours always

[butterfly signature]

Of course I am much pleased [at?] your asking for the proof, and will still send you one to be reviewed "from memory" as you suggest if you wire to the Vale[5] - only I thought it right to tell you that they propose really to bring it out almost directly -

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1.  [16 April 1888?]
The date of 16 April 1888 is taken from an envelope addressed to Robertson, #12708, but it is not certain that the envelope and letter are connected (they are now in different collections). However, a date of between mid-April and mid-May is indicated by the reference to the publication of JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' (see below).

2.  Charles Gray Robertson
The recipient is probably Captain Charles Gray Robertson, soldier, 8th (King's) Regiment [more], who was connected with the Court and Society Review. See also JW's letter to Robertson, which appears to relate to this letter (#11258).

3.  'Ten O'clock'
JW's aesthetic manifesto, the lecture was published by Chatto and Windus on 11 May 1888.

4.  letter in the Pall Mall
Probably JW to the editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, #10936. The letter was published on 28 March 1888. It concerned a premature review of the 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' that had recently appeared in the Pall Mall Gazette. See also Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, p. 244. Presumably, JW was hoping for a notice in the Court and Society Review, but unfortunately the Review ceased publication on 6 June.

5.  Vale
JW was then living at 'Pink Palace', 2 The Vale, off the King's Road.