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System Number: 01045
Date: [7 May 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Albert Edward, Prince of Wales[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler E33
Document Type: ALdS

Sir -

I venture to bring myself again to your kind memory - and I come, petition in hand, as one should to the Prince whose presence & consent & approbation shall set a hall mark upon all that concerns the state and refinement of the land -

It is intended with to open, in London an exhibition of Sculpture, Painting & Engraving of an International character - proposing as it does to represent the condition of Art all over the world - Also it is meant to take place every year - becoming a sort of Scientific Congress of of Art, and its meetings will be of the utmost interest to all at home, and abroad -

The Committee who have done me the honour to make me their President, and I feel it my duty, as well as my privilege, to add my prayer to the petition one they will have sent you - that Your Royal Highness will may graciously be pleased to entertain their request and give to the Society of "International Society of Sculptors Painters & Gravers" his [p. 2] authority & prestige in the by entertaining their request and in the Art World by your personal presence on the occasion of the inauguration opening of the galleries -

The many kind courtesies that I have myself before now received encourage me to hope that you you will still further grant me indulgence and entertain the fervent request of the Society -

And I have Sir,
the honour to be
Your Royal Highness
obedient humble servant

J McN.

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1.  [7 May 1898]
A copy of this draft letter, which has not been transcribed, is inscribed 'copy May 7th' and dated 'May 1898' (#12677). This draft is written on the same sheet was almost certainly written at the same time as JW's draft to Dighton Probyn, #13541, and the final version of the letter to Probyn, #09939.

2.  Albert Edward, Prince of Wales
Albert Edward Saxe-Coburg (1841-1910), H.R.H. The Prince of Wales [more]. This relates to the opening of the first exhibition organised by the newly formed International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers (Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898). The Private View days were to be on the 16-17 May 1898. However, the Prince of Wales declined the invitation although he promised to 'look in' (see #08075 and #09351).