The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 64th Annual Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1887
Record 10 of 31

System Number: 05053
Date: [30 March 1887][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Dighton Macnaghten Probyn[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P693
Document Type: ALcS[3]

Dear Sir Dighton -

Do pray convey my sincere thanks to His Royal Hig[h]ness the Prince[4] - and say for me how sensible I am of his great kindness in so graciously granting my request, and finding time to visit the Exhibition at a moment like this when his many occupations so press upon him.

I can only hope that Her Royal Hig[h]ness [p. 2] the Princess of Wales[5] may be enabled to accompany him, but in any case the Society will feel deeply honoured at the flattering interest expressed in her willingness to be present if her engagements permitted.

All will be in readiness at the Galleries on Monday the 4th at the appointed hour - 11.30 - and I shall be in waiting to receive their Royal Highnesses -

With many thanks
Very faithfully Yours

J McNeill Whistler.

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1.  [30 March 1887]
A copy of this letter is dated 30 March (#09348). It is a reply to Probyn's letter of 29 March (#05052). Probyn replied on 31 March (#05054).

2.  Dighton Macnaghten Probyn
Sir Dighton Macnaghten Probyn (1833-1924), Secretary to the Prince of Wales [more].

3.  ALcS
Another version of this letter, described as "Excellent Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages … March 30, 1887, To Sir Dighton Probyn … signed 'J. McNeill Whistler'" was advertised for sale by David Schulson Autographs of New York in 2004.

4.  the Prince
Albert Edward Saxe-Coburg (1841-1910), H.R.H. The Prince of Wales [more]. He and his wife agreed to visit the 64th Annual Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1887.

5.  the Princess of Wales
Alexandra Saxe-Coburg (1844-1925), H.R.H. The Princess of Wales [more].