The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06183
Date: [3 June 1894][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Webb[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W180
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac. Paris

My dear Mr Webb. -

Bravo! The regret expressed[3] is, I should think, an admission! -

So first round, first blood!

You have never said[4] how you liked my reply to Dumaurier's Interview[5]?. Of couse you have it - though I didn't send it -

Really I am sure everything is going as we wish - Dumaurier has I take it thoroughly [p. 2] given himself away in his Interview - he acknowledges the identity of "Joe Sibley" - and the malice of intent, and we fasten it upon him in my reply[6] - which he has not answered.

Thus we can gather from McIlvaines letter[7] that Harpers won't make much of a fight -

I heard from another quarter that they would have a horror of proceedings.

Now you must have the American side of the question very secure - It would never do to wipe them up in England, and find that in America they publish the whole thing! - I would have that clear -

With kindest regards, Always yours

JMcN Whistler

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1.  [3 June 1894]
This is a reply to Webb's letter of 2 June 1894, #06182; it marks the beginning of legal proceedings against Harper and Brothers (#06179 and #06180).

2.  William Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

3.  The regret expressed
This is a reference to the copy of Harper's letter, sent to JW on 2 June 1894, #06182.

4.  You have never said
A reference to JW's letter to Webb, #06184.

5.  Dumaurier's Interview
The Pall Mall Gazette interviewed George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier (1834-1896), author and caricaturist [more], for an article entitled "Mr. Whistler and Mr. Du Maurier: The 'Punch' Artist's Attitude," no. 91.196, vol. 58, 19 May 1894, pp. 1-2. Du Maurier said he had had no intention of causing JW pain; he would never have referred to him at all if he thought that would happen. They had good times in Paris. He could imagine some sort of droll response, but not this bitter one. If JW asks politely, he might even delete Joe Sibley from the book version of Trilby.

6.  my reply
Letter to the editor entitled 'Mr. Du Maurier and Mr. Whistler', Pall Mall Gazette, no. 9101, vol. 58, 25 May 1894), p. 3 (#09362).

7.  McIlvaines letter