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System Number: 11628
Date: [15 March 1895?][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Gerard Harry[2]
Place: [Brussels]
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Call Number: FGA Whistler 183
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS


Private[3]

110. Rue du Bac - Paris.

My dear Mr. Harry -

I enclose copy of the letter that my two seconds, Messieurs Octave Mirbeau[4], and Francis Viélé-Griffin[5] have sent to one or two of the London papers - and I should be greatly pleased to see it in the Independence Belge -

You need to take an interest in all these affairs of mine, and I trust that you have not sufficiently forgotten me, to make you as yet indifferent! -

I dare say you will have heard of [p. 2] this matter of Mr. George Moore[6] and myself -

Mr. Moore wouldn't fight - Probably you saw the Proces verbal in the Figaro - In any case I cut it out and send it too -

Since then much has been done to misrepresent the affair - and therefore my seconds have written the enclosed letter -

The Indépendence is so much seen - that every one not only in London, but in Paris, will read it -

Besides I have always had great delight in the charming way you have done these things - with such a light touch and yet so completely effective - so that I should especially like to see you take this one in hand! -

Also it would be very nice of you to send me two or three copies of the paper with it in -

How is it I never see anything of you now? You surely cannot go through Paris without looking me up? . -

Heinemann[7] was here the other day - on his way back from Florence -

Pray present mes homages respectueux[8][sic] to Madame Harry[9], and believe me, with many thanks,
Very sincerely Yours

J. McNeill Whistler


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Notes:

1.  [15 March 1895?]
Dated by reference to letter from Mirbeau and Viélé-Griffin (see below).

2.  Gerard Harry
Gérard Harry (fl. 1877-1890), journalist for L'Indépendance Belge [more].

3.  Private
Double underlined.

4.  Octave Mirbeau
Octave Mirbeau (1848-1917), novelist, art critic and amateur painter [more].

5.  Francis Viélé-Griffin
Francis Vielé-Griffin (1863/1864-1937), poet [more].

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

7.  Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

8.  mes homages respectueux
Fr., my respectful homage.

9.  Madame Harry
Mme Harry, wife of the journalist Gérard Harry.