110. Rue du Bac. Paris
My dear Mr Webb. -
Bravo! The regret expressed is, I should think, an admission! -
So first round, first blood!
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 - which he has not answered.
Thus we can gather from McIlvaines letter 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
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.
7. McIlvaines letter