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Record 10 of 141
System Number: 08163
Date: 9 February 
Recipient: Edmund Hodgson Yates
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3/31/1
Document Type: ALS
Atlas, how could you!
I know you carry the World on your back, and am not surprised that my note to Oscar, on its way, should have fallen from your shoulders into your dainty fingers; but why present it in the state of puzzle?
And how unlike me! - instead of the [p. 2] frank recklessness which has unfortunately become a characteristic, I am, for the first time, disguised in careful timidity, and discharge my insinuating initials from the ambush of innuendo.
My dear Atlas, if I may not always call a Spade a spade, may I not call a Slade Professor, Sydney Colvin?
J. McNeill Whistler
1. 9 February 
Dated from year of publication in the World (see below).
'15' written in another hand in top left of p. 1. Published in the World, 22 February 1882. Reproduced with minor editorial revisions in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, p. 75. This relates to JW to O. Wilde, #11393, a version of which was published in the World, 15 February 1882 and in Whistler, 1892, op. cit., p. 74.