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System Number: 00762
Date: 2 July 1890
Author: Oswald Crawfurd[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C263
Document Type: ALS


July 2 90

My dear Mr Whistler,

I am very glad indeed that you liked what I wrote of your book[2]. It wd have been hard indeed ifor me if you had not for I doubt if your work or yourself have many greater admirers than myself.

As for those three names[3] in my article I admit that I have not seldom been in disagreement with the methods and leanings of the bearers of them, but que voulez-vous[4]? so [p. 2] long as a man turns his spear's point against the hosts of Philistia, so long as he strikes his hardest & fights fair, one should not, I think, blame him too hardly if he breaks the ranks now & then & wears queer armour.

I hear your charming & witty work is going well and it makes me think well better of my Countrymen.

Yours always cordially

Oswald Crawfurd.

P. S. I dare say you see [p. 3] that I am myself mixed up in a skirmish[5] in another part of the field - but the war is the same that you are fighting.

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1.  Oswald Crawfurd
Oswald John Frederick Crawfurd (1834-1909), diplomat, writer and critic [more].

2.  book
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890.

3.  three names
Not identified.

4.  que voulez-vous
Fr., what can you do?

5.  skirmish
Not identified.