The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13101
Date: [September/October 1887?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Horace Henry Cauty[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Victoria and Albert Museum, Archives of Art and Design, London
Call Number: RBA WHI 3
Document Type: ALS

Private -

Surely, my dear Cauty, it is by some error that Mr Hanson[3] brings me your answer! - or could it be possible that my note failed in clearness -

I know it would never occur to you to send, for the sake of sending only, where I mean nothing to go! -

This is no matter of mere bye-law - but one of morale - and no one should more keenly, than yourself, percieve [sic] my intention to care for the new dignity & State I have achieved for this Society, in every detail, however minute - and notwithstanding all hindrances [p. 2] that belong to the Past - 'Nous avons changé tout cela'[4]! and you my dear Mr Secretary, I rely upon implicitly as my right hand man, in all matters of delicacy & devotion -

In this particular case then, there is no question of Caffieri[5] serving, but he must have no letter - even in the mere form of "notice to serve" -

See to this my dear Cauty - for the rest I am responsable [sic] -


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1.  [September/October 1887?]
Dated by reference to Hanson and the new status of the RBA, granted a Royal Charter in the summer of 1887.

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

3.  Mr Hanson
Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more].

4.  'Nous avons changé tout cela'
Fr., we have changed all that! - quoted from Molière (1622-1673), né Jean Baptiste Poquelin, playwright [more], Le Médecin malgré lui, II, 4.

5.  Caffieri
Hector Caffieri (1847-1932), artist [more]. Another letter on the same subject from JW to Cauty is #13121. A motion 'To elect a member to serve on the Hanging Committee in place of Mr Caffieri (resigned)' was put to the RBA meeting on 1 November 1887 (#05214).