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System Number: 05995
Date: 1 July 1890
Author: Herbert Vivian[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler V83
Document Type: ALS


THE WHIRLWIND,
A LIVELY AND ECCENTRIC NEWSPAPER
[design of a girl in a whirlwind]
THE ORGAN OF THE HON. STUART ERSKINE[2],
AND
MR. HERBERT VIVIAN.

1 July 1890.

9 Down Street
Piccadilly
London, W -

My dear Mr Whistler.

I am so very sorry to tell you that at the last moment we are obliged to put off the "Banquet" for a week. I sincerely hope this won't inconvenience you & that you will be able to come on the 9th instead: Egyptian [p. 2] Room, Restaurant Monico, at 8 pm.

There is a very savage attack on us in a paper called the Hawk to-day, but that one need not mind. Other papers are going on saying you inspired the attacks on Oscar[3] &c. I would humbly suggest that it might be interesting to write, (if you felt inclined to do so,) one of your brilliant letters, explaining that you did not consider Oscar Wilde worth "attacking" any more. I have put in a little paragraph alluding to the St. James's[4] [p. 3] controversy, but not mentioning his name! - Did you observe that Oscar says in his book[5] "You cannot be too careful in the choice of your enemies"? He has certainly chosen two of his enemies very well, so far as advertisement for himself is concerned!

Believe me
Entirely yours

Herbert Vivian


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Notes:

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

2.  HON. STUART ERSKINE
Charles H. Stuart Erskine (1853-1896), son of the 12th Earl of Mar and Kellie [more].

3.  Oscar
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more]. Vivian's feelings towards Wilde are clear from reading #05990 and #05991.

4.  St. James's
'A Study in Puppydom', St James's Gazette, 24 June 1890, attacked Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wilde's reply was published on 30 June 1890 (Holland, Merlin and Rupert Hart-Davis, eds, The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, London, 2000, pp. 433-34).

5.  book
The quote appears in chapter one of The Picture of Dorian Gray.