The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05286
Date: [1 August 1887][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: A. J. Le Patourel[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R182
Document Type: ALdS

Dear Sir -

On my return to town I hasten to acknowledge your letter -

Please to [sic] convey my compliments to the Gentlemen of the Council - Society and my regrets at being unable to attend the present meeting

I beg that you will remind them that the matter subject in question was left in the hands of the Secretary and of myself -

I conferred with the Secretary and agreed to undertake the difficult task of saveing [sic] the Society, if possible, from the impending disaster and ridicule threatened by the unlimited expenditure of one guinea which as proposed, as compassing the situation of the Society as seen by the Council on the eve of an approaching their Sovereign[3] -

The direction of this matter consequently devolves [p. 2] entirely upon myself, and the great care and tact necessary to it's safe conduct are completely at variance with multifarious questioning and suggestion -

Pray let the Council however rest assured that when I shall require their aid or advice in what they had altogether abandonned, and the responsabilty of which they had shaken from their shoulders, I shall not hesitate to ask for either -

Meanwhile I again wish the Society to know what I have undertaken I am rappidly [sic] bringing to completing that when I have any thing to comunicate [sic], they will receive Official notice of the same in due course -

I have dear Sir the honor to be
your obedient Servant,

J. McN Whistler -

Le Patourel. Eqr
Actg. Secretary
Society British Artists

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1.  [1 August 1887]
This is one of three drafts (#05286, #05287, #05288) of a letter dated 1 August 1887 (#13105).

2.  A. J. Le Patourel
A. F. or A. J. Le Patourel, painter, acting secretary of the SBA [more].

3.  their Sovereign
The matter of an Address and Memorial to Queen Victoria was being actively pursued by JW apparently without consulting the Society of which he was President.