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Documents associated with: Ten O'Clock Lecture, publication
Record 65 of 71

System Number: 05339
Date: 21 January 1890
Author: James Runciman[1]
Place: Kingston-on-Thames
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R234
Document Type: ALS


19 Grange Road

21 / 1 / 90

Dear Mr Whistler

Thank you for the papers. I shall send the Magazine soon, as I know the article thoroughly. I read the "Ten o'clock[3]". Cecil Raleigh[4] told me about it on the day after the first trial. It is very witty & very wise, & I can see now exactly the genesis of the "Decay of Lying[5]". It is probable that this fat chap[6] was soaking your talk without your knowing it, & he fixed up [p. 2] his paper from a long series of borrowings. By the way I had a good spell of fun with Oscar in Vanity Fair about 2 weeks ago in a note on the magazines. He dreads me fearfully, though I am sure I shd not hurt him if he did not do wrong to good writing & good art. By the way, my brother[7] is a painter who lives not far from you. I think him a genius, but he will not speak to anyone, nor advertise.

Yours truly

James Runciman

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1.  James Runciman
James Runciman (1852-1891), writer [more]. Runciman had written two days previously (see #05338).

2.  Runciman
Added in another hand.

3.  Ten o'clock
Whistler, James McNeill, Mr. Whistler's 'Ten O'clock', London, 1888.

4.  Cecil Raleigh
Cecil Rowlands (1856-1914), pseudonym 'Cecil Raleigh', dramatist [more].

5.  Decay of Lying
O. Wilde, 'The Decay of Lying', The Nineteenth Century Review, January 1889.

6.  fat chap
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more].

7.  brother
Thomas Runciman, watercolour painter, brother of James Runciman.