The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13557
Date: [26/29 September 1887][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R201b
Document Type: ADc

The President who had announced to the Society that he had it now in his power to show to the Members the Memorial to H. M. the Queen[2] - opened the matter by reading again the correspondence between the Home Department and him self evolved from the presentation of the Address - culminating in the commands of the Queen that from now henceforth the [written over word, illegible] Society bear the style & title of The Royal Society of British Artists -

The final letter from the President in reply begging the Secretary of State[3] to bring before the Throne the thanks of the Royal Society of B. A, and undertaking on their behalf "that no efforts will ever be spared by them, & by our behalf, that no efforts their successors to serve & advance those best interests of British Art, which throughout H M's long & glorious reign have steadily prospered & made progress under Her enlightened patronage & protection" concluded the official Correspondence -

The President then read to the Society a copy This was followed by the reading of the copy of of [sic] the MemorialAddress, - after which the President requested had the honour to bring place before the Society the Memorial itself, which had been entrusted to him for the time being - and with its inspection terminated the proceedings of the evening -

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1.  [26/29 September 1887?]
This copy of minutes to the R.B.A. meeting of the 5 September 1887 was made on the reverse of #05305 (A. J. Le Patourel to JW) which is dated '26 September 1887'. It is written in pencil. There is another draft of the minutes at #05303.

2.  Memorial to H. M. the Queen
During her Jubilee Year, JW sent a Memorial to Victoria (1819-1901), Queen of Great Britain [more], requesting that the Society of British Artists be called 'Imperial'. This was then amended to read 'Royal'. The SBA received a Royal Charter, thus becoming the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) (G. Lushington to JW, 9 August 1887, #13418). The Memorial was shown to the RBA on 5 September 1887 (#01841, #01842).

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