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System Number: 11093
Date: [9/10 March 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Octave Mirbeau[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Bibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris
Call Number: FVII, 26
Document Type: ALS[3]


[Chatham coat of arms with motto:] BENIGNO NUMINE
HOTEL CHATHAM
PARIS

Mon cher Mirbeau

Nous avons arrangé avec Beurdeley[4], mon avocat distingue, Mallarmé[5] - et j'espère Ratier[6], sénateur, et avoué des plus fins de Paris pour diner ensemble, lundi (le 11. Mars.) à 8 heures - vous nous manquez - Faites moi je vous prie l'honneur et le grand plaisir d'être des notres -

Un petit mot seulement pour me donner la bonne réponse - Oui - demain matin - par depèche -

Toujours mon cher Mirbeau
tout à vous

J McN Whistler


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Translation:

My dear Mirbeau,

We have arranged with Beurdeley, my distinguished lawyer, Mallarmé – and I hope Ratier, a senator, and amongst the finest lawyers in Paris to dine together, on Monday (the 11th of March) at 8 o' clock – we miss you – I beg you to give me the honour and great pleasure of your presence amongst us –

Just a short note to give me the right answer – Yes – tomorrow morning – by telegram –

Always, my dear Mirbeau, entirely yours

J. McN. Whistler


Notes:

1.  [9/10 March 1895]
This is immediately before 11 March, the date mentioned in the letter, and is so dated by Barbier.

2.  Octave Mirbeau
Octave Mirbeau (1848-1917), novelist, art critic and amateur painter [more].

3.  ALS
Published by Barbier, Carl P., ed., Correspondance Mallarmé-Whistler: Histoire de la grande amitié de leurs dernières années, Paris, 1964 [GM, A.28], p. 245.

4.  Beurdeley
Alfred Beurdeley (1847-1919), collector [more].

5.  Mallarmé
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), Symbolist writer and poet [more].

6.  Ratier
Antoine ('Antony') Ratier (b. 1851), lawyer and politician [more].