The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04394
Date: [15/22 March 1895?][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Ivan Müller[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P33
Document Type: ALS

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[3], had been as carefully read, as was this one from Messieurs Mirbeau[4] & Griffin[5], you would have seen that it had nothing whatever to do with my letter to the Pall Mall[6]. Moore writes: "I enclose you the reply which I am sending to Mr. Whistler in answer to a letter received last night[7] 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[8] 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[9] 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

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1.  15/22 March 1895?
Dated by reference to JW's letter to the Pall Mall Gazette, [28 February 1895], #04396, and subsequent correspondence.

2.  Ivan Müller
Ernest Bruce Ivan-Mϋller (1853-1910), assistant editor of the Pall Mall Gazette [more].

3.  George Moore
George Moore (1852-1933), novelist and art critic [more].

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

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

6.  letter to the Pall Mall
See #04396.

7.  last night
Double underlined.

8.  Eden
JW's dispute with Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more], over payment for Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408).

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.