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System Number: 11120
Date: [c. 6 June 1888][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Stéphane Mallarmé[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Centre for Whistler Studies, University of Glasgow
Credit Line: Copies M85
Document Type: MsLc[3]


BEEFSTEAK CLUB

Voici 6 heures déja [sic] passé et je ne sais guère si le courrier de ce soir [illegible] prendra le petit mot que je vous envoie tout de même mon cher ami pour vous dire que je suis au desespoir [sic] -

Dujardin[4] ne m'a rien envoyé -

[p. 2] Pourtant je lui ai ecrit l'autre jour le priant de me faire parvenir une douzaine des brochures -

Voyez mon cher Malarmé [sic] à ceci pour moi n'est ce pas, car vous devez bien comprendre mon impatience -

Je veux tant vous voir dans ma petite couverture brune!

J'ai toutes sortes de choses à vous dire, et je vous écrirai bientôt - Et Mirbeau[5]? -

Adieu. on vient me prendre la lettre.

[butterfly signature]

Une article furieuse de Swinburne[6]!!! dans le Fortnightly Review! inoui!Tant mieux! -
Me voila debarassé de mon dernier "ami"!!

J[e] vous enverrai la "Review" - et aussi ma toute petite reponse! -

Presentez je vous prie mes meilleurs compliments à Madame Mallarmé et à Mademoiselle[7] - je me rappellerai toujours la charmante soirée que j'ai passé chez elles -


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Translation:

Six o'clock has already passed and I hardly know if the note that I send all the same to you my dear friend to tell you of my despair will make this evening's mail -

Dujardin has not sent me anything - [p. 2]

Yet I wrote to him the other day requesting him to have a dozen pamphlets sent to me -

Do please see to this for me my dear Malarmé [sic], for you will really understand my impatience -

I so much want to see you in my little brown cover!

I have all kinds of things to say to you, and I will write to you soon - And Mirbeau? -

Good-bye. Someone has come to take this letter

[butterfly signature]

A furious article of Swinburne's!!! in the Fortnightly Review! Unheard of! So much the better! There goes my last "friend"!!

I will send you the "Review" - and also my very small answer! -

Please give my best compliments to Madame Mallarmé and Mademoiselle - I shall always remember the charming evening that I spent with them -


Notes:

1.  [c. 6 June 1888]
This must date from around 6 June 1888, the date of publication of JW's reply to Swinburne's review in the Fortnightly Review (see below).

2.  Stéphane Mallarmé
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), Symbolist writer and poet [more].

3.  MsLc
This text, described by as '4 sides of folded sheet', was copied from the original letter, which was sold at auction, Vente Godot, Paris, 20 February 1976, and was with Coulet et Faure, 1978; the original has not been located.

4.  Dujardin
Édouard Dujardin (1861-1949), novelist and poet, editor of the Revue Indépendante [more]. Mallarmé produced the first French translation of JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture.' See Whistler, James McNeill, Le 'Ten O'Clock' de M. Whistler, Paris, 1888. First delivered in February 1885, the 'Ten O'Clock' was JW's chief public statement of his aesthetic ideas. It would be published in English by Chatto and Windus on 11 May 1888. The French edition was published more or less simultaneously in book and article form by the Symbolist review, Revue Indépendante in May 1888. Mallarmé made slight corrections to the translation before it was published in book form (see Barbier, Carl P., ed., Correspondance Mallarmé-Whistler: Histoire de la grande amitié de leurs dernières années, Paris, 1964 [GM, A.28], pp. 297-300).

5.  Swinburne
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), poet and critic [more]. This relates to Swinburne's review of JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' 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. JW was greatly hurt by its playfully malicious tone and his initial reply (#09459) was published in the World (Whistler, James McNeill, [Letter to Swinburne, Sent to 'Atlas'], The World: A Journal For Men and Women, no. 727, vol. 28, 6 June 1888, p. 17). See also draft, #05628, and his longer response, #11425. Both replies were later published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, pp. 259-62.

6.  Mirbeau
Octave Mirbeau (1848-1917), novelist, art critic and amateur painter [more].

7.  Mademoiselle
Marie Mallarmé (b. 1835), née Gerhard, wife of Stéphane Mallarmé [more] and Stephanie Françoise Geneviève Mallarmé (1864-1919), later Mme Bonniot [more].