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System Number: 05907
Date: 11 October 1890
Author: Allen Upward[1]
Place: Cardiff
Recipient: Herbert Vivian[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler U36
Document Type: ALS



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Mes Enfants[4],

Why have you sent me your paper[5]?

Do you want me to read it? Alas, I never read papers - except those I write for - and only my own writings in them.

Do you want me to write for it? I should joy [sic] to collaborate with the Butterfly[6], but alas again, my prejudices are too eccentric, my style too individualist, for your gentlemanly little brochure.    Would you like to have the blood of forty critics on your editorial souls? Could you tolerate a man who trampled on every name revered in contemporary literature from Queen Victoria[7] & Rider Haggard[8] down to Tennyson[9] & Ruskin[10]? Not so.

You know Ben Jonson's[11] pathetic lament - how Shakespear[12] [sic] "had to be stopped"? Well, I am just like Shakespear (vide Athenaeum Sept 88)

You would want to edit me - & then I should kill you.

Allen Upward

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1.  Allen Upward
Allen Upward (1863-1926), barrister and writer [more].

2.  Herbert Vivian
Herbert Vivian (1865-1940), author, editor of The Whirlwind [more].

3.  'burn'
Written in an unknown hand. The instructions were not followed when the letter was forwarded to JW.

4.  Mes Enfants
Fr., my children.

5.  paper
The Whirlwind, a newly established and ephemeral journal. It was edited by H. Vivian and Charles H. Stuart Erskine (1853-1896), son of the 12th Earl of Mar and Kellie [more].

6.  Butterfly

7.  Queen Victoria
Victoria (1819-1901), Queen of Great Britain [more].

8.  Rider Haggard
Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925), novelist, agriculturalist and colonial administrator [more].

9.  Tennyson
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), poet [more].

10.  Ruskin
John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more].

11.  Ben Jonson's
Ben Jonson (1572-1637), dramatist and poet [more].

12.  Shakespear
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), playwright [more].