The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 11429
Date: 25 April [1890][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Henry Romeike[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLc[3]

SIR, -

If it be not actionable, permit me to say that you really are delightful!!

Naïveté, like yours, I have never met - even in my long experience with all those, some of whose "agreeable literature" may be, I suppose, in the 807 cuttings you charge me for.

Who, in Heaven's name, ever dreamed of you as an actual person? - or one whom one would mean to insult?

My good Sir, no such intention - believe me - did I, in my wildest of moments, ever entertain.

Your scalp - if you have such a thing - is safe enough! - and I even think - however great my willingness to assist you - could not possibly appear in the forthcoming Edition.


April 25.

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1.  25 April [1890]
This is a reply to Romeike's letter of the same date (see #11428).

2.  Henry Romeike
Henry Romeike, founder of the news agency [more].

3.  PLc
Published in the Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London, 1890, p. 283. The letter was published under the heading Exit the Prompter.