To the Editor of St. Pauls.
28 June 1895.
114 Cambridge Street.
No one more than myself welcomes frank, nay hostile,
criticism, or enjoys more thoroughly a personal remark. But your
art critic surely goes a little too far in last weeks issue
of St. Pauls, and I may be forgiven if I take up the pen of
resentment. He says that I am sexless and unclean.
As to my uncleanliness, I do the best for it in my morning bath,
and if he has really any doubts as to my sex, he may come and see
me take it.
¶ 1895. This letter was written in reply to
the journalist Haldane MacFall, who later became a supporter of
the artist and wrote a valuable, if wildly opinionated, study of
his character and art.