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System Number: 05206
Date: [14 August 1888][1]
Author: James Rennell Rodd[2]
Place: Launceston
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R106
Document Type: ALS

[coat of arms]



Now it is really is [sic] wrong of you! I only learnt it from the Western Morning News[3], yesterday. I had heard a rumour, but then to disbelieve rumours is the first principle of the diplomatist: and here I am miles from civilisation and cannot send the wedding gift or throw the hymeneal rice. I can only drink your health which I shall do most heartily.

Ever yrs


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'Sir Rennell Rodd[4].
Letters from. R. Rodd
undated -
H Cadogan[5] - - (.Scoones[6]
Re. Beefsteak Club
Etchings - also list of Etchings sent Xmas 1888.'

[on envelope flap:] R.B.A.


1.  [14 August 1888]
Dated from date of the week and reference to the Western Morning News (see note below).

2.  James Rennell Rodd
James Rennell Rodd (1858-1941), 1st Baron Rennell, poet and diplomat [more].

3.  Western Morning News
On 13 August 1888, the news of JW's marriage to Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more] was published in the Western Morning News See GUL Press Cuttings vol. 10. The wedding took place on 11 August at the Church of St Mary Abbots, Kensington.

4.  Sir Rennell Rodd ... 1888
Note written by B. Whistler.

5.  H Cadogan
Perhaps George Henry Cadogan (1840-1915), 5th Earl of Cadogan, politician and diplomat [more].

6.  Scoones
William Baptiste Wordsworth Scoones (1838 or 1839-1906), civil servant [more].