The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05872
Date: [21 March/April 1889][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Emmanuel Maguire Underdown[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler U1
Document Type: ALS

My dear Underdown -

Archie[3] tells me that you have consented to take the chair, on the occasion of the dinner[4], at which I am to hold the unwonted position of guest of the evening. -

This is most charming of you! - I am much touched by such proof of sympathy, and greatly flattered by the willingness of [p. 2] one so distinguished, to preside at this curious demonstration in approval of one so unaccustomed to it.

With my warmest thanks,
Always my dear Underdown
Most sincerely Yours

J McNeill Whistler

Tower House
Tite Street -

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1.  [21 March/April 1889]
A dinner, to congratulate JW on being made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Munich, was held at the Criterion in Piccadilly on 1 May 1889. Archibald Stuart-Wortley wrote to W. C. Symons on 21 March (#07133) to say that Underdown had agreed to take the chair.

2.  Emmanuel Maguire Underdown
Emmanuel Maguire Underdown (1831-1913), barrister [more].

3.  Archie
Archibald James Stuart-Wortley (1849-1905), painter, first President of the Society of Portrait Painters [more].

4.  dinner
The dinner was organised by W. C. Symons. JW took an active part in promoting it and deciding who should or should not be invited.