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System Number: 08077
Date: [24 March 1886][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Albert Ludovici[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/18/13
Document Type: ALS


My trusty Aide de Camp! -

All right - j'y songe[3] - meantime whip up all you can so that at the meeting[4] we will have a majority - certain to vote as I shall point out -

Until then you may say that they are all to vote against the Fellowship -

I was unable to stay more [p. 2] than a minute at the Council Meeting this last time - or I fancy that might have been quashed at the time -

As to Ingram[5]. There is something more to be said - and I will of course make it all clear to you in good time -

I shall call in at the Doctor's[6] tomorrow at about half past five or six o'clock - Meet me there and we can talk while we have tea -


[butterfly signature]

Look in this week's World at my letter about Arry[7] and the Slade Professorship.

'March 24, 1886'

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1.  [24 March 1886]
Dated from note in another hand, perhaps that of Ludovici. Dated also from reference to the society paper the World.

2.  Albert Ludovici
Albert Ludovici, Sr (1820-1894), genre painter [more].

3.  j'y songe
Fr., I am thinking about it.

4.  meeting
JW was elected a member of the Society of British Artists on 21 November 1884 and President on 1 June 1886. The meeting may have concerned the election of Sidney Starr (1866 or 1867-1925), painter [more], to the Society.

5.  Ingram
William Ayerst Ingram (1855-1913), marine and landscape painter [more].

6.  the Doctor's
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

7.  Arry
Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more]. On 17 February 1886, the news of Quilter's candidature was taken up by the journalist Edmund Yates in his 'Atlas' column in the World (#11400) and he challenged JW to respond. JW responded with enthusiasm and sent two mocking letters to 'Atlas'. By some means, he acquired a copy of Quilter's testimonial (#05099), and quoted extracts of it to 'Atlas'. See also JW to E. Yates, #11401.