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System Number: 04251
Date: 22 May 1891
Author: William Ernest Henley[1]
Place: Musselburgh
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler N8
Document Type: ALS

N. B.

22 / 5 / 91

My dear Whistler

I hope that all is well with you once more. I myself have had what looks like another bout with our Russian friend[2]; & he took me this time in my innards; & I am the most washed-out & generally limp-&-mildewy editor of a fighting journal[3] you ever did see.

I send you more Herkomer[4] this week: some verse (by a new hand) which will amuse you. With which parting kick I think the gentleman may be allowed to depart these precincts.

Ever Sincerely Yours,

W. E. H.[5]

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1.  William Ernest Henley
William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), journalist, poet and writer [more].

2.  Russian friend
Influenza. There was a severe outbreak of influenza in 1891: 17,000 deaths occurred in England and Wales, a rate of 0.5%. In the winter of 1890 there was a severe outbreak, possibly originating in Bokhara in 1888, spreading through Russia in 1889, and throughout Europe thereafter. It was the spread of this disease that finally convinced people that such disease was infectious.

3.  journal
National Observer.

4.  Herkomer
Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914), painter [more], discussed in the National Observer, vol. 6, 18 April 1891, pp. 555-556, and 2 May 1891, pp. 603-604; see also related correspondence, #13329, #04248, #10562 Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2, p. 186).

5.  W. E. H.
Double underlined.