System Number: 05215
Date: 25 September 
Author: James Rennell Rodd
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R115
Document Type: ALS
[embossed crest of lion and unicorn]
My dear Jimmy
I have been to Munich. There is a great row about you. The Secretary Paulus is furious with the Committee, & says if you would only make a row he would see you received the Maximilian Order, but the medal ought to be declined. (So he told a friend of mine [p. 2] at least.) Lenbach who is the one swell among them is furious, too, he says the Committee are what, being interpreted, would signify a pack of swine, and he has classified you among the six Elementar-Künstler of the world. - There! Now, my dear Maestro, be discreet, dont [p. 3] quote my letter which I admit is most undiplomatic, - but either go out there, & see Lenbach & Paulus, or send back the medal.
You would look well with the Maximilian order, and it would be a grand triumph to have done the Committee in this way. Cadogan will see [p. 4] you through everything. I go to Athens next month, but if you were there about the 9th who knows but I might deviate from my route by Vienna & Trieste & meet you. The game will be a good one to play. Paulus can do any thing he wishes with the Regent. You would also being an American (?) be one of the few men in England who could wear this distinguished order.
1. 25 September 
Year date from other correspondence in this sequence, JW to J. R. Rodd, #05347, #05348, dated between 25 and 30 September 1888. #05348 appears to be a reply to this letter. See also #05214.
This relates to the 3rd Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1888. JW dismissed the award of second class gold medal for his works as a 'second-class compliment') (see JW to the Secretary, Munich Central Committee, #07979).
Ger., Fundamental Artists.
Rodd was about to take up the post of Second Secretary at the British Embassy in Athens. JW did not make the trip to Münich.