The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04179
Date: 11 March 1895
Author: George Moore[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M449
Document Type: ALS

8 Kings Bench Walk

March 11th 1895

Dear Whistler

I am reading a wonderful book, En Route by J K Huysman's[2] and have no time to consider the senile little squalls which you address to the papers and which you are obliging enough to send me[3].

There is so much else in life to interest one. Yesterday I saw an elderly excentric hopping about the edge of the pavement, his hat was in the gutter and his clothes were covered with mud. The pitiful part of the whole thing was that the poor [p. 2] old chap thought that every one was admiring him -

Very truly yours

George Moore.

P S / If a man sent me a cheque for an MS, and I cashed the cheque I should consider myself bound to delive[r] the MS, and if I declined to do so I should think [that?] feel I was acting dishonourably. But every one has his own code of honour.

[p. 1] 'Received[4] by first post, March 12th at about 8.30 A. M.'

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

2.  J K Huysman's
Charles Marie Georges ('Joris Karl') Huysmans (1848-1907), author, poet and critic [more], published his novel En Route in 1895.

3.  send me
JW sent his printed letter (#11020) to Moore (#04178), who had brought JW and Eden together. Moore sent this reply to the press, where it was published as '"The Baronet's Indiscretions;" or, The Voice that Breathed o'er Eden', Pall Mall Gazette, 12 March 1895.

4.  Received
The remainder of the text was added by JW in the top left corner of p. 1.