The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01873
Date: [20/25] January 1902[1]
Author: JW
Place: [Bath]
Recipient: James Guthrie[2]
Place: [Glasgow]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G238
Document Type: ALd

Jan: 1902.

My dear Guthrie -

I have been ill and wandering - wandering - in search of the one thing in life that shall shall make one at all worthy, though in the faintest degree, however faintly - of the courtesies favour - of the Gods ! health -

This then, you will have divined, as alone is the reason for my silence -

For you must well know that nothing would give me more profound pleasure than the honour suggested in your letters! -

I beg that you will say to Sir George Reid[3] that I am deeply touched by this choice of myself for admission into the Royal Scottish Academy[4]. & convey to him my keen appreciation of the high compliment paid me by the intimation that the flattering proposal shall emanate from the distinguished President himself -

If aught can enhance the value of this honour conferred it will always be the rem keen remembrance that it comes through one so gifted & sympathetic as yourself!

And I am -
my dear Guthrie
Always sincerely


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1.  [20/25] January 1902
Guthrie replied after 'several days', on 27 January 1902, #01874.

2.  James Guthrie
James Guthrie (1859-1930), landscape and portrait painter [more].

3.  Sir George Reid
Sir George Reid (1841-1913), painter, President of the Royal Scottish Academy [more].

4.  Royal Scottish Academy
Added in another hand. JW was elected an Honorary Member of the R. S. A.