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System Number: 02236
Date: 12 May [1889][1]
Author: William Henry Hurlbert[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H332
Document Type: ALS


May 12

My dear St Michael Arch[ange]l[3]

Of course I will joyfully dine with you on Wednesday next at 8 PM to celebrate the spearing of the Dragon[4] - of Clapham - and of Wantley. I believe I [p. 2] have an engagement to go into a hell of dazzling light with my wife[5] that night - but it will not be in the way I hope of my [feasting season?] with you.

Thanks for the extracts, It is all right now about the sculpting at Paris[6] [p. 3] - they set up a white sheet with the foolscap of suppression upon their amiable heads.

I will see whether the thunders of the banquet[7] went across the Atlantic.

Ever yours faithfully


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1.  12 May [1889]
According to the almanac, 12 May was a Sunday in 1889.

2.  William Henry Hurlbert
William Henry Hurlbert (1827-1895), journalist and author, editor-in-chief of the New York World from 1876-1883 [more]. His writing and meaning are not entirely clear.

3.  St Michael Arch[ange]l
Reference to the award of the Cross of St. Michael of Bavaria to JW in 1889.

4.  Dragon
Wyke Bayliss (1835-1906), painter and architect [more].

5.  wife
Katherine P. Hurlbert (m. 1884), née Tracy, wife of W. H. Hurlbert [more].

6.  sculpting at Paris
Julian Story told JW that sculpture by himself, his father and brother were at first rejected, but eventually admitted to the Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1889 (#05603).

7.  banquet
A dinner, to congratulate JW on being made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Munich, was held at the Criterion in Piccadilly on 1 May 1889. It was organised by W. C. Symons. JW wanted to ensure that his success was reported in American papers.