The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 01690
Date: 19 April 1903
Author: Robert Herbert Story[1]
Place: Glasgow
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G56
Document Type: ALS

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


19 April 1903

My dear Sir

It is with very great regret that I have received from your doctor[2] a corroboration of your own decision that it would be unsafe in your present state of health to venture a journey to the north[3] - Your coming had been looked forward to [p. 2] by many beyond the bounds of the University, with much interest, and your absence will cause universal regret.

In the circumstances I have much satisfaction in saying that the Senate sympathising with the cause that detains you in London have resolved to bestow on you the honorary degree of L. L. D. in absentia - This will be done on Tuesday at the graduation which [p. 3] closes our Winter Session - The Diploma will be sent to you in due course -

Believe me
My dear Sir
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.  doctor
Not identified.

3.  journey to the north
JW had been requested to attend the graduation ceremony of the award of a Doctor of Laws degree at the University of Glasgow on 21 April 1903.