The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13779
Date: [June 1888/1889][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Horace Henry Cauty[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 230
Document Type: TLc[3]

My Dear Cauty:

We have not met for ages! Do come and breakfast with me here tomorrow, at eleven o'clock. It will be charming to meet on truly neutral ground when all that is official or tiresome shall be banished[4]!

[butterfly signature]

Tower House,
Tite Street, Chelsea.

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1.  [June 1888/1889]
Dated from address and reference to the Royal Society of British Artists.

2.  Horace Henry Cauty
Horace Henry Cauty (1846-1909), historical and genre painter [more].

3.  TLc
This document is a typed copy in a letter from Stanley C. Hauxhurst to Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more], dated 20 December 1923. Hauxhurst states that JW's letter is written on the back of Royal Society of British Artists' headed note paper. A few small alterations to the typed text have been made by hand (possibly by Pennell) and these corrections have been incorporated into this transcription.

4.  banished
JW was elected President of the Society of British Artists on 1 June 1886 and took office in December. He was forced to resign on 4 June 1888 but retained the post until November. After October 1887 the relationship between President and Society deteriorated abruptly (see RBA Minutes, #13402). JW's letter appears to be a belated attempt to restore personal contact with Cauty, after their increasingly bitter and acrimonious correspondence.