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System Number: 03790
Date: [3 January 1890][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Stéphane Mallarmé[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M124
Document Type: ALS[3]

Voici mon cher Mallarmé -

le petit papillon en question!!

Faites le inserrer dans le journal du Docteur Evans[4] tout de suite - n'est ce pas? Et dans le New York Herald aussi -

Toujours à vous

[butterfly signature]

On pourrait mettre comme [p. 2] entête:

Whistler's latest scalp.

We take from the London "Truth" the following letter[5]:

This document is protected by copyright.


Here you are, my dear Mallarmé - the little butterfly in question.!

Have it put into Doctor Evans' newspaper immediately - would you? And into the New York Herald too -

Always yours

[signature symbol]

They could put as a heading:

Whistler's latest scalp.

We take from the London «Truth» the following letter:


Monsieur Stéphane Mallarmé
Rue de Rome No. 89.
[two stamps, removed]
[postmark:] LONDON S. W / Z / JA 3 / 90


1.  [3 January 1890]
Dated from postmark. Written at the top of page one in another hand is the following: 'Londres 3 janvier 90'.

2.  Stéphane Mallarmé
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), Symbolist writer and poet [more].

3.  ALS
Published in Barbier, Carl P., ed., Correspondance Mallarmé-Whistler: Histoire de la grande amitié de leurs dernières années, Paris, 1964 [GM, A.28], no. XXIV, p. 46.

4.  Docteur Evans
Dr Thomas William (or Wiltberger) Evans (1830-1897), dentist, publisher of the American Register [more].

5.  letter
Truth, 2 January 1890, published a letter from JW, accusing Oscar Wilde of plagiarism. The text of the letter was reprinted in American Register, 11 January 1890, under the suggested heading, but without the butterfly signature.