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System Number: 11273
Date: [25/31 March 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 10/822
Document Type: TLc

110 Rue du Bac - PARIS.

My dear Heinemann -

You had just better drop Mr Moore[3] - He has literally ceased to exist here - I mean absolutely what I say -

A man about whom a "procés [sic] verbal[4]" has been drawn up like the one that appeared in the Paris papers upon Mr Moore, is socially destroyed - As I told you no one would again be seen in his company - And meanwhile his company can do you no good! -

As to their moving Heaven and earth! - Well! well!, we will keep our own counsel - and you O! Publisher will keep a stiff upper lip. -

The second volume[5] is going to be a beauty! -

This is only a line in great haste -

You ought to get the "Indépendence[6]" tomorrow night - in your rooms - You will find the letters of M. M. Mirbeau & Viélé-Griffin upon Mr Moore's interview[7] and conduct, printed in its entirety -

I leave you to think what Mr Moore's position in Paris would be if he ever show [sic] himself again! -

I am sending you also another paper - Le Journal - with all about the Eden[8] business - at last told clearly -

Do write me a long letter of news


[butterfly signature]

Remember that as my publisher you must have nothing to do with the enemy -

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1.  [25/31 March 1895]
Dated by the reference to a procès verbal (see below).

2.  William Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

3.  Mr Moore
George Moore (1852-1933), novelist and art critic [more]. The Eden v Whistler trial was heard at the Civil Tribunal on 6 March 1895. The verdict went against JW, who appealed to the Cour de Cassation. Moore had been the ally of Sir William Eden, and went on to publish articles mocking JW for his age. JW challenged him to a duel on 12 March 1895, #04181. His seconds were Octave Mirbeau and F. Viélé-Griffin. Moore refused absolutely to fight, which, in French society at the time, was considered an act of cowardice (see G. Moore to JW, 13 March 1895, #04183).

4.  procés verbal
Fr., verbal process. It was published in Le Journal, 24 March 1895.

5.  second volume
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892.

6.  Indépendence
The letter from Octave Mirbeau (1848-1917), novelist, art critic and amateur painter [more], and Francis Vielé-Griffin (1863/1864-1937), poet [more], to G. Moore (15 March 1895, #04081), originally published in L'Indépendence Belge, was translated and excerpts published in The Times, 9 April 1895.

7.  interview
An interview with George Moore published as 'A Picture and a Challenge. The Strange Story of Mr. Whistler and Mr. Moore', Daily Chronicle, 29 March 1895, was condensed and retold in 'The Gentle Art of Duelling. Mr. Whistler and Mr. Moore', Westminster Gazette, 29 March 1895.

8.  Eden
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more]. He had asked JW to paint Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408), but was not willing to pay as much as JW expected.