"Which I am prepared to maintain any where, any time. You ought to be publicly horsewhipped. Nothing would gratify me more than to give you a sounder thrashing than any you have yet received."Moreover, I am determined that the Literary Public shall know what a putrid scoundrel and Liar you are."
— roughly half of a letter to Thomas Bailey Aldrich, editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1881 to 1890), from an aggrieved writer. Among other things, the writer accused Aldrich of holding his manuscript, "Shakespeare's Viola," for nearly seven weeks, then rejecting it unread. Aldrich said he invited the writer to come by the magazine's offices but never heard further from him. The letter appears in "The Life of Thomas Bailey Aldrich," by Ferris Greenslet (Houghton Mifflin, 1908)