The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 13694
Date: [January 1903?][1]
Author: Dugald Sutherland MacColl[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
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[3]. 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[4] 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
yours sincerely

D. S. MacColl

[p. 3] J McN Whistler Esq

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1.  [January 1903?]
Dated by the reference to Glasgow University.

2.  Dugald Sutherland MacColl
Dugald Sutherland MacColl (1859-1948), painter and etcher, art critic and writer [more].

3.  Glasgow University
See the letter from Robert Herbert Story (d. 1907), Principal of the University of Glasgow [more], to JW, 20 February 1903, announcing the award of an honorary degree, #13695.

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).