The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05365
Date: 29 April 1889
Author: Malcolm C. Salaman[1]
Place: London
Recipient: William Christian Symons[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S9
Document Type: ALS


April 29 / 89

Dear Sir,

I have delayed replying to your printed letter about the complimentary dinner[3] to Mr Whistler, in the hope that I might enjoy the privilege of being present, but, alas, I find that my professional engagements will not allow it. This is a great disappointment to me, for the occasion is one that has my fullest & sincerest sympathy - I venture to think [p. 2] that Mr Whistler's genius has no truer admirer than myself, nor does anyone recognise more than I his valuable & masterful influence on contemporary art - Moreover I am proud to reckon myself among his friends - only journalistic duty would prevent my assisting at any function in his honor -

Kindly convey my regrets [p. 3] to Mr Whistler & to the Committee, & oblige

Yours faithfully

Malcolm C. Salaman

W. Christian Symons Eq

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W. Christian Symons Eq
55 Park Road
Haverstock Hill
N. W.
[postmark:] PADDINGTON W. / D 7 / AP30 / 89

[on verso:] 'M. C. Salaman'[5]


1.  Malcolm C. Salaman
Malcolm Charles Salaman (1855-1940), art critic and dramatist [more].

2.  William Christian Symons
William Christian Symons (1845-1911), painter and designer [more].

3.  dinner
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.

4.  'Salaman'
Written in another hand, in purple pencil.

5.  'M. C. Salaman'
Written in another hand, in pencil.