The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05969
Date: [6 July 1887?][1]
Author: Society of British Artists
Place: [London]
Recipient: Queen Victoria[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler V58
Document Type: Ms/Dd

"To the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty"

We, your Majesty's loyal and dutiful subjects, the Members of the Society of British Artists, most respectfully desire to approach the throne on the Auspicious occasion of your Majesty having completed the fiftieth year of Your reign over the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, to assure your Majesty of our fervent attachment to your Majesty's Throne and Royal person -

The continuous developement [sic] of the Arts and Sciences during Your Majesty's reign so materially assisted by & fostered by the Throne will make mark theirat Period reign as one of uninterrupted progress towards the attainment of the highest excellence in every branch of Art and we would [p. 2] humbly express our gratitude to your Majesty for the encouragement which this the Society of British Artists has equally with other[s] ever received from the Throne

May the Almighty vouchsafe to your Majesty a long and happy continuance of your reign over a loyal & devoted people

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1.  [6 July 1887?]
This draft of an Address to Queen Victoria probably dates from just before, or more likely just after, letters from H. H. Cauty to JW on 4 July 1887 (#05284) and from W. H. Hurlbert to JW, 5 July (#02211). JW did not tell the Society that he had drawn up an Address, hence the letter from A. J. Le Patourel on 19 July asking what progress had been made (#05285). Receipt of the Address was sent by H. Matthews on 20 July 1887 (#01835).

2.  Queen Victoria
Victoria (1819-1901), Queen of Great Britain [more]. This is a draft of the Address, written by an unknown hand, and sent on behalf of the SBA by JW to the Queen on the occasion of her Jubilee.