The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05992
Date: [21/28 May 1890][1]
Author: Herbert Vivian[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler V80
Document Type: ALS



9 Down Street
London, W -

Dear Mr Whistler

Oscar[3] is climbing down! I wrote him a contemptuous note informing him that his outrageous letter had caused me infinite amusement.

[p. 2] He replied with a in far more subdued tones, suggesting that the propriety of my alluding to him, in republishing my memoirs, shd be referred to the arbitration of some man of letters.

To this I have [p. 3] replied that I am willing to humour him & that Mr Whistler - whose literary record is not unknown to him - might would be an appropriate judge!

All this will be useful to work into the reissue of my memoirs, which is to appear in a paper I [p. 4] am going to bring out next month, to be called the Whirlwind

Yours very sincerely

Herbert Vivian

Sickert[4] has consented to be Art Critic to my paper.

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1.  [21/28 May 1890]
Dated by reference to letters from Wilde (see #05991). See also Vivian's letter about Wilde, 16 May 1890, #05990.

2.  Herbert Vivian
Herbert Vivian (1865-1940), author, editor of The Whirlwind [more].

3.  Oscar
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more]. He had written to Vivian on 17 and 20 May 1890 saying Vivian had no right to publish his private conversation or correspondence (see Holland, Merlin and Rupert Hart-Davis, eds, The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, London, 2000, pp. 426-27).

4.  Sickert
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more].