Documents associated with: Ten O'Clock Lecture, publication
Record 14 of 71
System Number: 02039
Date: 22 March 1888
Author: James R. Osgood
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H140
Document Type: ALS
HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,
(JAMES R. OSGOOD, AGENT,)
30, FLEET ST, LONDON. E. C.
March 22. 1888
Dear Mr Whistler:
In order to bring the matter to a definite form I make you on behalf of Messrs Harper & Brothers the following offer
1. To pay you One Hundred Pounds for the first use of the Lecture in Harper's Magazine. This privilege to be exclusive so far as serial or periodical publication is concerned.
2. To take a set of plates [p. 2] from Messrs Chatto & Windus at the price they have named to me and publish an Edition in America in the same form as they publish here, and pay you fifteen per cent royalty on the retail price of all sold. This edition not to be published in either country until a fortnight after the publication of the Magazine, and then simultaneously.
These two proposals are to be taken together, not separately. I have reason to suppose such an arrangement will be agreeable to Messrs Chatto & Windus.
Please let me hear from you soon. If you wish to see me I will meet you anywhere
J. R. Osgood
J. A. McNeil [sic] Whistler Eq
3. Ten O'Clock
The 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' was JW's chief public statement of his aesthetic ideas. It was first delivered in London on 20 February 1885. The New York publishing firm Harper & Brothers first made their proposal to publish the 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' in Harper's Monthly Magazine in February (see Harper to JW, #02035). However, according to another letter from Osgood (#02037), Harper & Co. had declined to meet JW's terms over publication of the lecture in book form.
4. Messers. Chatto & Windus
London firm of publishers who would publish the 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' on 11 May. Hence, Osgood was anxious to resolve contractual matters between the two firms.