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System Number: 04398
Date: 10 April 1895
Author: Ernest Bruce Iwan-Müller[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P37
Document Type: ALS


PALL MALL GAZETTE,
18, CHARING CROSS ROAD,
LONDON.

April 10th '95

My dear Mr. Whistler

I am very much obliged to you for your letter of todays date[2], and I deeply regret my inability to comply with your wishes at the beginning. However the reply is quite sufficiently circulated, and G. M[3] is more or less squashed -

You will believe me when I say that only my sense of [p. 2] responsibility - which of course may have been mistaken - prevented my publishing the letter of your seconds[4] - but after I had written to you I took counsels opinion, and I was directly advised that to hold G M "up to ridicule for contempt" for refusing to fight a duel, would in England enable him to bring a libel suit on that issue alone, and that we shall [p. 3] be debarred from raising the question of the incidents which led to the publication - If G M were so advised too, he would have gone for us like a shot -

Believe me
Yours vy sincerely

E B. Iwan-Müller


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Notes:

1.  Ernest Bruce Iwan-Müller
Ernest Bruce Iwan-Mϋller (1853-1910), journalist [more], and assistant editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, 1893-1896.

2.  letter of todays date
Not located.

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

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