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System Number: 04994
Date: [June/July 1887?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Henry Ponsonby[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P634
Document Type: ALdI

Gnl. Sir Henry Ponsonby -

Dear Sir -

Her Royal Highness the Princess Louise[3] has graciously expressed her wish that I should apprise you of the intended presentation to Her Majesty the Queen, of a memorial[4] on behalf of the Society of British Artists, signed by me as their President -

I therefore did myself the honour of calling upon you once or twice - but was was unhappily unable to find you - [as?] [p. 2] The memorial will doubtless in due course come before you - and I need only now say write that it was the express desire of H. R. H who has seen the work that you should know the great interest she takes in it -

I I have dear Sir the honour to be
Your most obdt sert


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1.  [June/July 1887?]
Dated by reference to the Memorial designed by JW, completed by 17 May and presented in July 1887 (see (a) Monogram 'VR'; (b) Address to Queen Victoria; (c) Royal Coat of Arms (M.1132)).

2.  Henry Ponsonby
Henry Frederick Ponsonby (1825-1895), Private Secretary to Queen Victoria [more].

3.  Princess Louise
Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), Marchioness of Lorne, sculptress [more].

4.  Her Majesty the Queen, of a memorial
Victoria (1819-1901), Queen of Great Britain [more]. On the occasion of her Jubilee, JW designed a Memorial congratulating her on behalf of the SBA (see (a) Monogram 'VR'; (b) Address to Queen Victoria; (c) Royal Coat of Arms (M.1132)). As a result, the SBA was granted a Royal Charter.