The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13424
Date: [21/29 July 1887][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Henry Matthews[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R181b
Document Type: ALd

Sir -

As President of the Society of British Artists, and in their name, I have the honor to thank you most sincerely for the kind & courteous terms in which you have conveyed to me H Majestys most Gracious acceptance of the memorial[3] laid before her by you; and the aprobation [sic] which she has deigned to express of our efforts to make that memorial in form not altogether unworthy of the august occasion upon which it was presented, and of the sentiments of devoted loyalty it was intended to express -

I am now encouraged, Sir, to ask in behalf of the Society that H. Majesty will graciously accord to this Society, now almost coeval with Her Majesty's happy & Glorious reign, [...]

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1.  [21/29 July 1887]
This draft was written in pencil on the back of a letter from A. J. Le Patourel to JW dated 19 July 1887 (#05285). It is a draft of JW's reply to H. Matthew's letter of 20 July 1887 (#01835). The final version was dated 29 July 1887 (#01836).

2.  Henry Matthews
Rt Hon. Henry Matthews (1868-1874), QC, MP, Home Secretary [more].

3.  memorial
The Memorial to Queen Victoria congratulated her on her Jubilee, celebrating fifty years reign. It had already been designed by JW ((a) Monogram 'VR'; (b) Address to Queen Victoria; (c) Royal Coat of Arms (M.1132)) and presented to the Queen.