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Documents associated with: Ten O'Clock Lecture, publication
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System Number: 00595
Date: 22 August 1892
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Chatto and Windus[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C96
Document Type: ALd[2]


PARIS, LE   189

110. Rue du Bac. Paris.

Aug. 22. 1892.

Dear Sir -

Your letter[4] of Aug. 13th. (containing cheque for £1- 11- 6) has been forwarded to me here -

Messrs Houghton & Mifflen[5] I see request that all communications be addressed to you - as their representative -

Pray therefore forgive the trouble I give if I beg to be informed of one or two things I don't understand -

First may I ask you to be good enough to tell me how many years sale this sum of £1- 11- 6-, as my royalty, represents? -

Does this sum contain some one or two former ballances of which I have been advised - but which were so comically minute, that I preferred noting the fact to sending for the money? (Concerning this I have, among my papers, a letter - I believe from yourself - requesting me to receive the sum - whatever it was - I don't at this moment remember - however I took no steps - and never did receive it -)

Does this £1- 11- 6, then include the previous sums? or is it a ballance by itself - since the former period? -

If so, are those other sums still lying for me at the bank? -

I have a curiosity to know exactly what is what the what Commercial details (since, years ago, I delivered into the hands of Messrs Houghton & Mifflen the "Ten O'clock[6]"), have brought about these superb results -

I have been assured that the "Ten. O'clock" little pamphlet is very widely spread all over the country.

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1.  Chatto and Windus
Firm of publishers.

2.  ALd
This is written upside down on paper printed with the letterhead of Hotel Foyot, Paris.

The letter is written the opposite way up to the printed address.

4.  Your letter
Not located.

5.  Houghton & Mifflin
Firm of publishers.

6.  Ten O'clock
The 'Ten O'Clock Lecture,' JW's chief public statement of his aesthetic ideas, was published on 11 May 1888. See Whistler, James McNeill, Mr. Whistler's 'Ten O'clock', London, 1888.