System Number: 01878
Date: 22 June 1902
Author: James Guthrie
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G243
Document Type: ALS
June 22nd / 1902
TELEPHONE No. 19.
Dear Mr Whistler,
When I reached home - the day after my very pleasant visit to Chelsea - I found a summons to an Academy Council Meeting in Edinburgh the following day.
One item of the Agenda was "No reply from Mr Whistler to communication [p. 2] informing him of his Election to Hon: Membership" - or something of the kind.
Unfortunately it was not possible for me to be in Edin. on the day named - so I wrote the President & Council conveying to them the very kind words you used to me in London -
The enclosed note from the Secretary - Mr Hay - refers to the matter [p. 3] & I think it best to send it to you.
Now don't, please, think me over-busy - formality tho' often excellent isn't always convenient!
Yet I know how much a reply wd. be appreciated by all - while it would enable Mr. Hay [p. 4] & to send the diploma -
I hope you fare better in the matter of peace to work in - a vital matter to the greatest & to the least of us.
With the best of good wishes
[monogram:] JG -
Now Rhu, Dunbartonshire.
3. No reply from Mr Whistler
In March 1902, JW was elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Scottish Academy (J. Guthrie to JW, 19 March 1902, #01875). The official letter from George Hay, Secretary of the RSA, was written on 20 March (#05259). On 17 June, he told Guthrie he had not heard from JW (#05260). In fact JW was recovering from serious illness, contracted during a trip to Holland. JW drafted a reply ( #01876) but on 12 July, R. B. Philip wrote to Guthrie: 'Mr Whistler is most distressed at this continued delay in answering officially the letter of The Royal Scottish Academy' (#04839).
5. I leave...JG -
Written in the left margin of p. 4 at right angles to the main text.
Small island in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. The McNeills originally came from the Hebrides and JW claimed he was a McNeill of Barra (which was not strictly true).