The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 08156
Date: [23 April 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Herbert Vivian[2]
Place: Emsworth, Hampshire
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac. Paris.

My dear Vivian -

Most excellent! so that's all right - Mind you send me a couple of copies -

Have you seen the letter written by M. M. Francis Vielé-Griffin[3], & Octave Mirbeau in reply to Mr G. Moore's[4] Interview in the Daily Chronicle?

The Times published a résumé of it - and quoted some portions of [it] in full - and in French [p. 2] as it stood - Since then the entire letter has been printed in the "Indépendance Belge" - I must send it to you - It is absolutely perfect - and the ending of it leaves nothing further to [be] said upon the subject! -

Perhaps they might like to print it in the "Realm[5]" - in its entirety in French - This might come in capitally if there were by chance, any letters written to the paper apropos of the Interview -

In that case of course I would say nothing about Times extract - Well we shall see -

When do you come back?

A bientot then I suppose -
Very sincerely

J McNeill Whistler

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Herbert Vivian. Esq.
Stoughton Vicarage -
[postmark:] PARIS 80 / 195 BD ST GERMAIN / 2E | 23 / AVRIL / 95


1.  [23 April 1895]
Dated by postmark.

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

3.  Francis Vielé-Griffin
The letter from Francis Vielé-Griffin (1863/1864-1937), poet [more], and Octave Mirbeau (1848-1917), novelist, art critic and amateur painter [more], to G. Moore (15 March 1895, #04081), originally published in L'Indépendance Belge, was translated and excerpts printed in The Times, 9 April 1895. JW had challenged Moore to a duel on 12 March 1895, #04181.

4.  Realm
The 58 issues of The Realm were published between 16 November 1894 - 20 December 1895.

5.  Mr G. Moore's
George Moore (1852-1933), novelist and art critic [more]. An interview with Moore published as 'A Picture and a Challenge. The Strange Story of Mr. Whistler and Mr. Moore', The Daily Chronicle, 29 March 1895, was condensed and retold in 'The Gentle Art of Duelling. Mr. Whistler and Mr. Moore', Westminster Gazette, 29 March 1895.