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System Number: 11422
Date: [1889/1890?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Oscar Wilde[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLc[3]


OSCAR, -

How dare you! What means this disguise?

Restore those things to Nathan's[4], and never again let me find you masquerading the streets of my Chelsea in the combined costumes of Kossuth[5] and Mr. Mantalini[6]!

[butterfly signature]


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Notes:

1.  [1889/1890?]
This was written at some time before publication in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890. A copy of a slightly different version of this letter is #11713.

2.  Oscar Wilde
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more].

3.  PLc
Published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, p. 243, under the heading 'Just Indignation' with a marginal note, 'Upon perceiving the Poet, in Polish cap and green overcoat, befrogged, and wonderfully befurred'.

4.  Nathan's
Theatrical costumier.

5.  Kossuth
Lajos Kossuth (1802-1894), political reformer [more]. In his published note, quoted above, JW seems to have made a mistake over nationality, perhaps confusing the Polish patriot Tadeus Kosciusko with the Hungarian, Kossuth.

6.  Mr. Mantalini
An affected dandy, a character in Dickens's Nicholas Nickleby.