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System Number: 04081
Date: 15 March 1895
Author: Francis Vielé-Griffin[1] and Octave Mirbeau[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: George Moore[3]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M351
Document Type: ALc[4]


[Chatham coat of arms]
HOTEL CHATHAM
PARIS

Copie de la lettre à M. George Moore.

15 mars 1895.

Monsieur,

a lu réception de votre lettre[5] (lettre d ailleurs rendue publique dans la Pall Mall Gazette) M. Whistler nous à [sic] prié de vous demander soit une retrait et avis formelle, soit une reparation par les armes.

Nous vous prions donc de vouloir bien nous mettre en rapport avec deux de vos amis

Octave Mirbeau.

Francis Vielé-Griffin


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Translation:

Copy of the letter to Mr George Moore

Dear Sir,

having read notice of reception of your letter (a letter moreover made public in the Pall Mall Gazette) Mr Whistler begged us to ask you for either a revocation and formal declaration, or a battle.

We request therefore that you kindly put us in contact with two of your friends

Octave Mirbeau.

Francis Vielé-Griffin


Notes:

1.  Francis Vielé-Griffin
Francis Vielé-Griffin (1863/1864-1937), poet [more].

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

3.  George Moore
George Moore (1852-1933), novelist and art critic [more]. JW challenged him to a duel on 12 March 1895 (#04182). Moore declined to fight him.

4.  ALc
This was originally published in L'Independance Belge, and was reprinted in English in The Times, 9 April 1895. This affair ended with the publication of a procès-verbal in Le Journal, 24 March 1895 (see Barbier, Carl P., ed., Correspondance Mallarmé-Whistler: Histoire de la grande amitié de leurs dernières années, Paris, 1964 [GM, A.28], pp. 243-47).

5.  votre lettre
Probably G. Moore to JW, 13 March [1895], #04183; see Pall Mall Gazette, 11 March 1895, #11019.