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System Number: 00486
Date: [8 April 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Robert Barr[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B269
Document Type: ALS


110. Rue du Bac - Paris

My dear Mr. Barr -

I often think of you all and of your great kindness and amiability during my stay in the black and frozen London! -

There have been great "goings on" since then - and you have doubtless followed the developments of the Eden[3] campaign - We were delighted with your letters to the Pall Mall[4] - It was [p. 2] splendid of you - and just like your frank plucky way - I shall have something to say about that part of the matter I doubt not at the proper time - Meanwhile I hope you have seen the various letters of mine[5], for I know you liked the former ones - and I fancy you will have been pleased with the "Baronet's Indiscretions"? - They are an amazing lot those people aren't they! - Did you notice how our "Fred[6]" crumpled up? - You know, the "Baculinum" Fred! We have never heard more of him! - He crawled under the chair, club and all - and has never since, uttered a sound!

So much for the "Kinsman"! - As for the "Henchman" - I suppose you saw what happened to Master Moore[7] - He went, of course, at once into his hole - where, I notice, he is from time to time interviewed -

Did you get the two French papers I sent you? -

April. 8.

I began this note to you, my dear Barr, some days ago - but many things interfered - and now I have had your charming letter -

How very nice of you to tell me of the sympathy and warm feeling you find on my side in this affair! - Well you will be pleased then to know that we are going to appeal - and I daresay that by the time the case comes on again, they will have grasped the points of the matter better - They rather missed the real meaning of it all, this time I know - and upon the whole it was not so overclear at first to my lawyers themselves! - You see I was away as you remember - and the half hour's talk that would have put them all right, they never had - I sent you the Figaro with, what is called here, the "Proçes verbal[8] [sic]" - of the Moore who wouldn't fight - and now I am sending you the Indepéndance [sic] Belge, with the letters[9] from my seconds in reply to Mr Moores miserable and lying interview - This had better go now - hurried and imperfect [p. 3] as it is - for I am in such a whirl of things that what is not done at once, is hopelessly mislaid! I will write again directly -

Why don't you come here instead of going to Holland [-] We would be so delighted to see you -

With kindest regards to all
Always sincerely Yrs

J McN Whistler


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Notes:

1.  [8 April 1895]
Dated from reference to trial.

2.  Robert Barr
Robert Barr (1850-1912), artisan, teacher and journalist [more].

3.  Pall Mall
Unidentified letters in the Pall Mall Gazette.

4.  mine
JW's letters to the Pall Mall Gazette regarding the Eden v. Whistler trial were: #11020, #11019, #10550.

5.  Eden
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more].

6.  Fred
Frederick Morton Eden (1829-1917), Barrister [more]; see #13197 and #10550.

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

8.  Proçes verbal
This was published in Le Journal, 24 March 1895.

9.  letters
Octave Mirbeau (1848-1917), novelist, art critic and amateur painter [more], and Francis Vielé-Griffin (1863/1864-1937), poet [more] wrote to G. Moore, 15 March 1895, #04081.