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110. Rue du Bac. Paris.
My dear Mr. Ivan Müller -
I am sorry indeed to be of this continual trouble to you - but my disappointment is very great - And I cannot help saying that if the letter, you published, by George Moore, had been as carefully read, as was this one from Messieurs Mirbeau & Griffin, you would have seen that it had nothing whatever to do with my letter to the Pall Mall. Moore writes: "I enclose you the reply which I am sending to Mr. Whistler in answer to a letter received last night from him". On the face of it therefore you should have seen that mine was a private letter, of only the night before, so that it could not possibly have been in print - Now not only did he not send it to you with his own, but his own that you immediately and without hesitation did print, was also to me a private communication, and, by your action, [p. 2] was being read by all London on the very morning, when I, in Paris, was, as I supposed, the only one to read its coarse and most libelous matter! -
This monstrous conduct doubled the outrage of his "ignomineuse" letter, and my calling him to account for it, he has ever since continued to attempt to link with the Eden business - When he said in his Interview that I had enclosed the letter to the Pall Mall in which he was spoken of as the "Expert", he lied - wishing to make it appear that in my vexation with the judgement, I had fallen upon him - Therefore the letter from Mirbeau & Griffin - Now however libelous that may have been
he Moore would never have ventured to take any steps because he knew that he had lied - -
It is impossible for
them my two gentlemen seconds to write any thing further - theirs is not a discussion in the papers - but a certain correct completion of their duties - & you wouldn't publish it have unhappily failed us - - for we especially relied upon you, as in your paper had appeared the offence -
[p. 1] The Editor of the Chronicle was of the other side - he has quite [bucked?] the matter & apologized to them & they can insist upon nothing more - However I always, though this time disappointed, have to thank you for all your courtesies -
Very Sincerely Yrs
J McN Whistler
7. last night
9. The Editor of the Chronicle
Alfred Ewen Fletcher (1841-1915), journalist and editor of the Daily Chronicle from 1890 [more], was the editor of the Daily Chronicle 1889-1895. The remainder of the text is written on p. 1, the opposite way up to the rest of the text.