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System Number: 07123
Date: [January 1889?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Edmund Hodgson Yates[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1112
Document Type: ALd

From Chelsea -

Atlas -

Once a friend, always an enemy - n'est ce pas[3]? - And yYet so little is the logic of the naive and simple truth acknowledged, that I am reproached with cruelty as I pin up my scalps trophies and add to my collection -

And after all they do not die - look at Oscar[4] - his hair is again of tempting length - and he is once more the busy plagi[a]rist we have always known him -

With the unblushing serenity of the painted Pierrot in the Pantomime, [as?] he receives the sounding slap and passes it on with grin, he has, I discover, stolen his own scalp and incorporated it in a recent effusion upon 'Lying[5]', as a practical example of what may be done! - Amazing! - a marvellous instance of the ruling passion in what should have been death! -

You remember At[las][6] [...]

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1.  [January 1889?]
Dated by reference to Wilde's publication (see below).

2.  Edmund Hodgson Yates
Edmund Hodgson Yates (1831-1894), novelist, 'Atlas' columnist and editor-proprietor of the World [more]. This letter was not completed or published, as far as is known.

3.  n'est ce pas
Fr., isn't it.

4.  Oscar
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more].

5.  Lying
Wilde, Oscar, 'The Decay of Lying: A Dialogue', first published in The Nineteenth Century, January 1889, and republished in Intentions, London, 1891.

6.  You remember At[las]
The rest of the letter is at this point torn away.