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System Number: 09585
Date: [28 January 1885][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Edmund Yates[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLc[3]

Edmund, mon cher, -

We all talked of you last night at the great ------'s[4], and all were most affectionate about you.

You shall not take this occasion to forget us altogether - so I, for one, knowing, from tradition, that others, distinguished under the same conditions of isolation, made for themselves pet companions, in their retirement, of plants and inferior animals - notably in the case of Picciola[5], where even a spider was his chosen - send you a butterfly that you shall cherish as an emblem of hope and joy.

Drive it not from you, my dear Edmund, for it brings my best wishes and loyalty.

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [28 January 1885]
Dated from publication date (see below).

2.  Edmund Yates
Edmund Hodgson Yates (1831-1894), novelist, 'Atlas' columnist and editor-proprietor of the World [more].

3.  PLc
Published in the World, 28 January 1885. A draft of this letter is in Glasgow University Library (#07130).

4.  ------'s
In the letter draft (see note above), this was Sir George Henry Lewis (1833-1911), society lawyer [more].

5.  Picciola
Probably a reference to the children's book Picciola: The Prisoner of Genestrella; or, Captivity captive by Xavier Boniface Saintine (1836).