Mr. Whistler begs to acknowledge Mr Moore's letter of March the 11.th -
Mr. George Moore on honour is of course unexpected and unless Mr. Whistler does him great wrong, preposterous; Mr. Moore's notion that "every man has his own code," sufficing to show how new he is to the matter -
Mr George Moore's volunteered
reason of his commercial theories on cheques & manuscripts are irrelevant and superfluous -
Mr Whistler has no use for them -
But - if the litterary incarnation of the "excentric" person on the curbstone is supposed to represent Mr Moore at the present moment - Mr Whistler thinks the likeness exaggerated - as it is absurd to suppose that Mr Moore can imagine that any one really admires him in his late role before The Interviewer, or in that of the expert in the Council Chamber -
If however Mr Moore means in his parable to indicate Mr Whistler, the latter is willing to accept Mr Moore's circuitous and coarse attempt to convey a gross insult - and upon the whole will perhaps think the better of
Mr Moore's him, for an intention to make himself at last responsable -
In such case Mr Whistler will ask
his a friend to meet any gentleman Mr Moore may find willing appoint to represent him; and, [a]waiting a reply, has the honour to be remain,
Very Obedient servant -
Paris - Hotel Chatham
March 12. 1895 -
This is a draft of JW's letter to George Moore, reprinted in an interview with Moore entitled 'A Picture and A Challenge. The Strange Story of Mr. Whistler and Mr. Moore', The Daily Chronicle, 29 March 1895 (Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, B. 87). JW, angry at Moore's last letter (#11019), replied, and Moore read this letter to the interviewer, along with his own, very tempered, explanation of the situation. Moore told the interviewer he wrote back that 'Mr. Whistler's conduct grows daily more absurd' (#04183). JW persisted, Vielé-Griffin and Mirbeau wrote, also demanding a retraction or a duel (their letter is quoted) but Moore declined the duel, as he told the Chronicle, on the grounds that JW was too old and near-sighted. The interview was condensed and retold from the Chronicle, with the letter intact, in 'The Gentle Art of Duelling. Mr. Whistler and Mr. George Moore', The Westminster Gazette, 29 March 1895. The Westminster Gazette also after JW's death published this letter; Moore's reply (#04183); and Vielé-Griffin and Mirbeau to G. Moore, 15 March 1895, #04081.
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