The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09351
Date: 12 May [1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Dighton Macnaghten Probyn[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Private Collection
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac -

May 12. '1988'

Dear Sir Dighton -

May I still further beg you to say to the Prince[4], for me, how keenly I appreciate the pains He has taken to gratify our wish -

Knowing, as I do, how over whelmed He is with duties and engagements, [p. 2] I am exceedingly touched by the very special favour shown - And in this indulgence, at such a late hour, I even venture to find a personal and Royal courtesy to myself!

Pray present mes homages respectueux to Lady Probyn[5], and believe, dear Sir Dighton,
with my best thanks
Very Sincerely Yours

J. McNeill Whistler

[p. 3][6] 'File 29928.

May 12th 1898

J. McNeill Whistler

Sending thanks to The P of W for having kindly promised to visit his Gallery

May 15th ackd - would show letters to P of W on my return to London, "H. R. H. finds that he will not be able to visit your new Gallery either tomorrow or next day, but he hopes to be able to look in and see the pictures &c some day later on".'

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1.  12 May [1898]
This relates to the first exhibition of the International Society (see note below). The number '198 8' has been inserted in another hand.

2.  Dighton Macnaghten Probyn
Sir Dighton Macnaghten Probyn (1833-1924), Secretary to the Prince of Wales [more].

3.  ALS
Written on deep bordered mourning paper.

4.  Prince
Albert Edward Saxe-Coburg (1841-1910), H.R.H. The Prince of Wales [more]. JW had invited the Prince to open the Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898, the first exhibition organised by the newly formed International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers. See also W. D. Probyn to JW, #05055, #05056 and JW to Probyn, #09349, #09350, #09517.

5.  Lady Probyn
Letitia, Lady Dighton Probyn (m. 1872), née Thellusson.

6.  [p. 3]
This note 'File 29928. ... later on' appears to have been written in Probyn's hand.