Documents associated with: University of Glasgow
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System Number: 13694
Date: [January 1903?]
Author: Dugald Sutherland MacColl
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M514
Document Type: ALS
Dear Mr Whistler
The matter is rather urgent, or I should have written -
There is a scheme for getting you to accept an honorary degree at the Glasgow University. The Committee of the Senate are unanimous - hoping that you will see your way to accepting, but some of them are doubtful whether it is the sort of thing you would care for. They [p. 2] therefore wrote to me to communicate with you.
I should hope, personally, that you would agree, for my native town has shown a better spirit towards you than some other places, & it would be an agreeable incident for many of us, with wider bearings than the queer letters it would attach to your name
with kindest regards & regretting I have had to distract you at this moment
D. S. MacColl
[p. 3] J McN Whistler Esq
1. [January 1903?]
Dated by the reference to Glasgow University.
4. better spirit towards you
Glasgow Corporation had been the first public gallery to purchase a Whistler painting, when in 1891 it bought Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).