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System Number: 13305
Date: 11 December [1867][1]
Author: Marquis d'Azeglio[2]
Place: Kent
Recipient: Rodolph Nicholson Wornum[3]
Place: London
Repository: Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Call Number: National Art Library, PC12/6 MSL/1952/1353/2/6/2
Document Type: ALS

[coat of arms][4]

Linton park
Stapleton -

Dec. the 11. th


I accepted last month an invitation to this place for the present week and find myself thus unable to attend the general meeting of the Club[5] on Friday next

Having exhausted every other means of arranging this affair in a different way I concur with the Committee that, whatever our wish may have been to avoid it no other course was left [p. 3] after the correspondence which has taken place than that which has been decided upon

Believe me yours


R. N. Wornum Esq.
Hon Secretary of the
Burlington Fine arts club.

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1.  11 December [1867]
Year dated from reference to the Burlington Fine Arts Club affair (see below).

2.  Marquis d'Azeglio
Vittorio Emanuelle Taparelli (1816-1890), Marquis D'Azeglio, Sardinian Ambassador and collector [more].

3.  Rodolph Nicholson Wornum
Ralph Nicholson Wornum (1812-1877), history painter [more].

4.  coat of arms
Unidentified. Linton Park is near Maidstone, Kent.

5.  Club
Burlington Fine Arts Club. In April 1867, JW quarrelled with Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more], over Haden's treatment of James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more]. Traer died suddenly on 23 April of alcohol related causes, during a trip to Paris. Haden arranged for Traer's burial, with what JW and his brother William regarded as unseemly haste. On 26 April, a violent row took place between the brothers-in-law in a Paris café and Haden fell (or allegedly was pushed by JW) through a plate glass window. Both JW and Haden were members of the Club and in the aftermath of the Traer affair, Haden campaigned for JW to be excluded from the club, having brought to its attention several alleged previous incidents of assault involving JW (JW to L. Huth, #02240). JW was expelled at a general meeting of the Club on 13 December (see JW to W. Boxall, #00498).