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Record 12 of 65

System Number: 09902
Date: [20 March 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Jonathan Sturges[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Princeton University Library, Princeton, NJ
Call Number: Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Gen. MSS, CO 140, Box WH, Whistler Folder
Credit Line: Published with permission of Princeton University Library
Document Type: ALS


Here you are Jonathan - Preux Chevalier[3]!

My notion is that it is precipitate and this I know is your view -

But I think we had better let them both come to the hotel today, as Mirbeau[4] proposes, because the Proces[5] can then by drawn up, and then held over I suppose, until for a time we can agree upon -

You see last night I had a telegram from London, and the ladies[6] announce that they come over tomorrow. Thursday. So that today would be excellent for this drawing up of document in the mean time - [p. 2] dont you think so? -

Beside we must, in any case, I suppose, let Mirbeau come up from the country when he likes and when he can -

I shall be "round" in about an hour and we can send a bleu to Griffin[7] -

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[Chatham coat of arms with motto:] BENIGNO NUMINE
Monsieur Jonathan Sturgess [sic] Esq
Hotel de Londres


1.  [20 March 1895]
Dated from O. Mirbeau to JW, [19 March 1895], #04082.

2.  Jonathan Sturges
Jonathan Sturges (1864-1911), author and translator [more].

3.  Preux Chevalier
Fr., noble knight.

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

5.  Proces
Procés verbale, Fr., a statement for the press on JW's dispute with George Moore (1852-1933), novelist and art critic [more]. Moore had not responded to JW's challenge to fight a duel with him (see F. Vielé-Griffin and O. Mirbeau to G. Moore, 15 March 1895, #04081).

6.  the ladies
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], and Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

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

8.  Urgent
Triple underlined.