The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07805
Date: [12/19 April 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Joseph Pennell[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 272/5/2
Document Type: ALS

110 Rue du Bac - Paris -

My dear Joseph -

I am much pleased at your having followed all the correspondence[3] in the Pall Mall - and particularly delighted at your special fondness for the answer to "Q C[4]".

It is I think one of the best - & contains as you say the whole thing in a nutshell -

I fancy we wiped up the [p. 2] "kinsman" too. "Fred! Morten Eden"[5] - Don't you remember Fred? - "Baculinum" Fred! -

He was never heard of anymore! -

Tell me then do you mean that the people at the Hogarth[6] pull in with the miserable Moore[7] and look upon me with the old British eye of evil? -

They are a poor lot I fancy - still it would be, in any case, well to trouble them with this matter - when the time comes -

You had better tell me who are on the Committee -

When are you coming over? -

It is really a curious thing to notice how very offensive the American papers always are to me - whenever they get the chance! -

A bientôt -
With kindest regards to both
Always sincerely

J McN. Whistler

Do write[8] us any news -

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1.  [12/19 April 1895]
The year '1895' ('1894' is crossed out) is written in another hand at the top of the first letter page. The letter follows an earlier letter to Pennell, #07805, which in its turn is dated from references to published letters (see below).

2.  Joseph Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

3.  correspondence
See #11020, #13732, #11019.

4.  Q C
See the letter from F. M. Eden to the Pall Mall Gazette, [8 March 1895], #13197, and JW's letter to the Pall Mall Gazette, [11 March 1895], #11019.

5.  Fred! Morten Eden
Frederick Morton Eden (1829-1917), Barrister [more].

6.  Hogarth
A private club for artists and art lovers.

7.  Moore
George Moore (1852-1933), novelist and art critic [more]. An interview with George Moore published as 'A Picture and a Challenge. The Strange Story of Mr. Whistler and Mr. Moore', Daily Chronicle, 29 March 1895, was condensed and retold in 'The Gentle Art of Duelling. Mr. Whistler and Mr. Moore', Westminster Gazette, 29 March 1895. JW had challenged Moore to a duel, which he declined. A letter from JW's seconds, Octave Mirbeau (1848-1917), novelist, art critic and amateur painter [more], and Francis Vielé-Griffin (1863/1864-1937), poet [more], to G. Moore (15 March 1895, #04081), originally published in L'Indépendence Belge, was translated and excerpts published in The Times, 9 April 1895.

8.  Do write ... news -
Written in the left margin of p. 1.