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System Number: 10044
Date: [2/16 June 1888?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: James Thomas 'Frank' Harris[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, TX
Document Type: ALS

Dear Mr Harris -

If you have not entirely forgotten our conversation on the occasion of a dinner where I had the pleasure of meeting you, perhaps you will not think it so extraordinary that I write this note introducing my friend Capt. Robertson[3] -

He brings you an article[4] [p. 2] in reply to the one you published by Swinburne -

I hope you may think that it should find it's place [sic] in your brilliant "Review" -

Very Sincerely

[butterfly signature]

"Tower House"
Tite Street - Chelsea

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1.  [2/16 June 1888?]
Dated from reference to Swinburne and the Fortnightly Review.

2.  James Thomas 'Frank' Harris
James Thomas ('Frank') Harris (1856-1931), writer and playwright, editor of the Fortnightly Review and Saturday Review [more].

3.  Capt. Robertson
Captain Charles Gray Robertson, soldier, 8th (King's) Regiment [more].

4.  article
This relates to a review of JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), poet and critic [more], which had recently been published in the Fortnightly Review: see Swinburne, Algernon Charles, 'Mr Whistler's Lecture on Art,' Fortnightly Review, vol. 43, no. 258, (new series), 1 June 1888, vol. 49, (old series), pp. 745-51. The review was playfully malicious in tone and JW felt deeply betrayed by Swinburne. He prepared an indignant response which may be the article referred to here. An edited version of the review and response was published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, pp. 250-61.