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System Number: 03667
Date: 10 May 1888
Author: Justin Huntly McCarthy[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M2
Document Type: ALS


[crest with stag and motto:] FORTI ET FIDELI NIHIL DIFFICILE

10 May '88

20, CHEYNE GARDENS,
CHELSEA EMBANKMENT. S. W.

My dear Master

I have gratitude, but no eloquence, & can only say "thank you" & mean whole orations. How all the canting rogues[2] will skip & howl under the fine [p. 2] scourging. The true believers leave now their alkoran[3].

Sincerely Yours

Justin Huntly McCarthy

I am looking after the Star[4].


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Notes:

1.  Justin Huntly McCarthy
Justin Huntly McCarthy (1860-1936), dramatist, novelist and historian [more], son of Justin McCarthy (1830-1912), MP, journalist, novelist and historian [more]. See JW's letter to the latter, #03669.

2.  canting rogues
This may possibly be a reference to recent events at the Royal Society of British Artists. On 4 May, a motion was circulated, signed by a number of RBA members proposing that JW should be asked to resign his membership and requesting a Special General Meeting (#05321). He resigned as President on 4 June 1888, although he remained in the position until November. His resignation was followed by that of Menpes, Sickert, Alfred Stevens and others. See also Minutes of the RBA, #13402.

3.  alkoran
Alkoran or Alcoran, a less common name for the Koran.

4.  Star
Probably a reference to the Star, a London newspaper which had recently commenced publication.