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System Number: 02618
Date: 21 February 1885
Author: Elizabeth Lynn Linton[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L152
Document Type: ALS

Feby. 21. - '85


My dear Mr Whistler,

Let me concentrate in one word the delight I felt last evening. The wit, poetry, humour, & stern good sense of your lecture[2] were equalled only by the charm of your manner. It was emphatically a Success, & found what it deserved. If ever your hand failed you for your own rightful work you have but to will [p. 2] to become a Master in Literature. Your touch here is of the daintiest quality - as a true artist's should be, according to your own words. I do not know when I have had more supreme pleasure, & again & again I thank your brotherly friendliness - I mean the fraternity of an artist for a writer.

[p. 3] I will ask Mrs Lewis[3] or Mrs Joshua[4] to take me one day to your studio again - They will be glad to go & you will like to see them, & I shall be more than glad to see both you & your work again - I have been so long abroad that I am some what of a "brutta bestia"[5] & have to learn my London again. I [p. 4] have lost touch of the immediate present.

I salute you as Master & am your faithful friend & most sincerely obliged admirer

E: Lynn Linton

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1.  Elizabeth Lynn Linton
Elizabeth Lynn, Mrs W. J. Linton (1822-1898), novelist and writer [more].

2.  lecture
A reference to JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture,' his major public statement of his aesthetic ideas. He delivered the lecture for the first time on Friday, 20 February 1885 at the Prince's Hall, Piccadilly. A version of the text of the lecture is at #06791.

3.  Mrs Lewis
Elisabeth Lewis (1844-1931), née Eberstadt, wife of G. H. Lewis [more].

4.  Mrs Joshua
Marie Joshua (b. 1845 or 1846), wife of S. Joshua [more].

5.  brutta bestia
Lat., awkward beast.