The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 01688
Date: 7 April 1903
Author: Robert Herbert Story[1]
Place: Glasgow
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G54
Document Type: ALS

'Dr Storey -[2]' [sic]

[embossed University of Glasgow coat of arms and motto:] VIA VERITAS VITA

7 April 1903

My dear Sir

I have received your letter[3] with sincere regret - It crushes the hope which I had cherished that I should have the pleasure of receiving you here on the 20th, & of "capping" you on the 21st[4] - My regret will be shared by all the lovers of Art in this city, who I know had been anticipating [p. 2] the honour & gratification of your visit. May I hope that this expectation may still be realized, though at a date somewhat later than we had expected? At the close of our Summer Term, in July, we have another Graduation Ceremony at which, if your health permitted the function now unhappily postponed might yet be carried out. At that season it would be very unlikely that you should [p. 3] run any risk of inclement weather & a short tour in Scotland might even prove beneficial. I beg you to think over my suggestion & not to come to a negative conclusion unless for the very strongest reasons. We could of course confer your degree on the 21st "in absentia" - but this is never done unless we are positively compelled to abandon the hope of seeing the graduand in person.

I trust that in your case the hope may be realized - Meantime I [p. 4] shall not allow myself to regard it as chimerical.

Believe me
My dear Sir
with much regard
very faithfully yours

R. Herbert Story

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1.  Robert Herbert Story
Robert Herbert Story (d. 1907), Principal of the University of Glasgow [more].

2.  Dr Storey -
In pencil, in another hand.

3.  letter
JW to R. Herbert Story, 4 April 1903, #01686 or #01687.

4.  21st
JW received the honorary degree 'in absentia'.