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This list catalogues the various letters Gilbert wrote to the editors of various organs of the press. Some illustrate his attitudes to various subjects, others shed light on events in his professional life. Many demonstrate his ironic sense of humour. They have been collected and transcribed by Arthur Robinson.

  1. Soldiers' Belts, The Times, 3 October 1860.
  2. Rhyme. The Graphic, 19 March 1870
  3. Rhyme." The Graphic, 2 April 1870.
  4. "The Gentleman in Black." The Era, 5 June 1870.
  5. The Asserting of Dignity. The Orchestra, 2 December 1870.
  6. The Examiner of Plays. The Daily News, 12 January 1872. (the same letter appeared in The Orchestra, 12 January 1872, and The Era, 14 January 1872.)
  7. "Pygmalion." The Observer, 11 February 1872.
  8. "The Happy Land." The Daily Telegraph, 7 March 1873.
  9. The Police and Their Prisoners, The Times, 6 November 1873.
  10. Gilbert V. Enoch, The Times, 2 December 1873.
  11. Mr. Gilbert and the Pall Mall Gazette, The Times, 4 December 1873.
  12. "Trial by Jury." The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, 8 January 1876.
  13. "The Westminster Aquarium." The Morning Post, 4 February 1876.
  14. "La Boule" and "Trial by Jury." The Era, 26 November 1876.
  15. Miss Henrietta Hodson and Mr. W.S. Gilbert. The Sunday Times, 28 April 1877.
  16. Miss Hodson and Mr. Gilbert. The Era, 6 May 1877.
  17. Henrietta Hodson and W.S. Gilbert. The Era, 20 May 1877.
  18. Miss Hodson and W.S. Gilbert. The Era, 27 May 1877.
  19. Henrietta Hodson and W.S. Gilbert. The Era, 27 May 1877.
  20. Review of John Hare's play, "Victims", The Observer, 3 February 1878.
  21. "The Ne’er-Do-Weel." The Sunday Times, 10 March 1878.
  22. The Stage in 1878, The Times, 17 January 1879.
  23. "Lord Mayor's Day", The Times, 4 July 1879.
  24. "Charity." The New York Times, 18 February 1880.
  25. Dramatic Options, The Times, 22 April 1880.
  26. To the Editor of the Times, The Times, 13 October 1880.
  27. "Lord Bateman." The Era, 4 March 1882.
  28. Dramatic Thefts, The Times, 6 March 1882.
  29. Messrs. Solomons and Stephens. The Era, 18 March 1882.
  30. Dramatic Copyright, The Times, 11 April 1882.
  31. To the Editor of the "World." The World, 12 Sep. 1883.
  32. The New Opera at the Savoy. The Era, 13 October 1883.
  33. Miss Fortescue. The Era, 29 March 1884.
  34. Circulars, The Times, 31 August 1885.
  35. Caution to Travellers, The Times, 28 November 1885.
  36. Hissing in Theatres, The Times, 5 January 1886.
  37. Mr. C. Warner’s Benefit. The Era, 3 December 1887.
  38. Mr. Charles Warner’s Benefit. The Era, 17 December 1887.
  39. International Copyright, The Times, 2 February 1886. (The same letter appeared in
    The Era
    , 6 February 1886.)
  40. A New York Manager, The Era, 13 March 1886.
  41. "Engaged" in the United States, The Era, 15 May 1886.
  42. The Savoy Conspirators, The Pall Mall Gazette, 22 December 1886.
  43. A Rhyme to "Silver." The Dramatic Review 26 February 1887.
  44. International Copyright, The Times, 2 January 1888.
  45. Mr. W.S. Gilbert, The Daily News, 11 April 1888
  46. Mr. Herkomer's "The Sorceress", The Times, 2 May 1888.
  47. Mr. Clement Scott and Mr. W.S. Gilbert, The Pall Mall Gazette, 13 December 1888.
  48. "Brantinghame Hall," The Era, 22 December 1888.
  49. "The Brigands", The Times, 16 September 1889.
  50. Gilbert v. Boosey, The Times, 8 November 1889 (reprinted in The Era, 9 November 1889).
  51. Letter published in The Era, 16 November 1889
  52. Gilbert and Sullivan, The Pall Mall Gazette, 21 May 1890
  53. A Point of Taste, The Times, 18 September 1891.
  54. Mr. W.S. Gilbert’s Jokes, The Era, 5 December 1891.
  55. "The Mountebanks", The Times, 26 January 1892.
  56. The Lyric Choristers, The Times, 15 April 1892.
  57. Charles Martin, Vocalist, The Daily Telegraph, 12 December 1892.
  58. The Playwrights of To-day, The Daily Telegraph, 3 January 1894
  59. The Savoy Theatre, The Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 21 April 1894.
  60. Rhyme, The Times, 29 August 1894.
  61. The Lady Interviewer, The Times, 23 October 1894.
  62. Caution to Provincial ManagersThe Era, 8 December 1894.
  63. The London and North-Western Railway, The Times, 28 September 1897.
  64. Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Grundy, The Era, 16 October 1897.
  65. Where do the Days Begin? The Pall Mall Gazette, 7 February 1898.
  66. Comedy Theatre, The Pall Mall Gazette, 8 June 1900.
  67. The Motor Problem, The Times, 29 September 1902.
  68. The Motor Problem, The Times, 2 October 1902.
  69. The Motor Problem, The Times, 3 October 1902.
  70. The Motor Problem, The Times, 4 October 1902.
  71. With Many Apologies, The Pall Mall Gazette, 18 May 1903.
  72. The Motor Problem, The Times, 3 June 1903.
  73. The Savoy Operas, The Times, 28 August 1903.
  74. Should Well-known Authors Farm Out Fiction? The Author 1 February 1904.
  75. Savoy Opera, The Times, 12 March 1904.
  76. Play Production, The Daily Telegraph, 10 December 1906.
  77. "The Gondoliers", The Times, 22 January 1907.
  78. "The Mikado": Mr. Gilbert Explains a Famous Air, Morning Leader, 2 May 1907.
  79. "The Mikado," Daily Telegraph, May 4, 1907.
  80. Baliff Shooting, The Times, 29 June 1908.
  81. Sir W.S. Gilbert and "The Flag,"  Daily Mail, 8 June 1908.
  82. Our Hooligans and the Police, The Times, 20 July 1908.
  83. Police Methods at Hatfield, The Times, 17 October 1908.

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