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System Number: 02216
Date: 6 August [1887][1]
Author: William Henry Hurlbert[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H312
Document Type: ALS

Saturday A M, Aug 6.

S. W.

Dear Mr Whistler

I sent you a wire yesterday but got no response. We are off now to Devon
"The Moult[3]
will find me. I enclose the letter of the Rt Hon the Secy[4]. I think you ought [p. 2] to reply, highly, formally, but sympathetically - I should acknowledge his courtesy & say that while the word "Imperial" was used originally in the Memorial[5] it was only because the Society wished to testify its sympathy with the grand imperial emotion of the Jubilee Year. Now [p. 3] that thro[ug]h the kindness of the Rt Hon Secretary you learn of the difficulties in the way of legally using such a title here you gladly & gratefully accept the suggestion of the word "Royal" which really covers the true & loyal feeling of the Society. I should [p. 4] add that with the permission of the Rt Hon Secretary you will be very glad to have the page which contains the word Imperial re engrossed and the word, the "legal & correct" word "Royal" inserted in the place of "Imperial" -

Ever [affty Yrs?]


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1.  6 August [1887]
Year dated by sequence of letters (see below).

2.  William Henry Hurlbert
William Henry Hurlbert (1827-1895), journalist and author, editor-in-chief of the New York World from 1876-1883 [more].

3.  Moult
A mansion on the coast, which belonged to Lord Courtenay, but let out for many years as the summer residence of James Anthony Froude (1818-1894), literary executor of Thomas Carlyle.

4.  Rt Hon the Secy
The Secretary for the Home Department. JW followed Hurlbert's advice in framing his letter to Godfrey Lushington (1832-1907), lawyer, Permanent Under-Secretary at the Home Office from 1885-1895 [more] (see #01839, #01846).

5.  Memorial
The Memorial to Queen Victoria (see #05973 and #05974 about the change of wording from 'Imperial' to 'Royal').