Documents associated with: Royal Scottish Academy
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System Number: 01872
Date: 1 December 1901
Author: James Guthrie
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G237
Document Type: ALS
7, WOODSIDE PLACE,
December 1st / 1901
Dear Mr. Whistler
When I called the other day I was sorry not to have the pleasure of seeing you - specially so from the fact that you were not well enough to be downstairs.
By now I hope you are quite yourself again.
Lavery has been the means of bringing to light our mutual misapprehension in the matter of the Scottish Academy.
Believe me it has been [p. 2] a great regret to me that this shd: have occurred.
My purpose in writing you however is not to go into this but to take up again the onus that was mine when I wrote the letter which miscarried.
It seems, then, there is an understanding in the Academy that to protect it a written expression of willingness to accept the Hon: Membership must be obtained by a member from the nominee before the Election of the [p. 3] latter is moved.
Now I need hardly say that it wd: not have occurred to me to ask such a thing from you for myself - or that if I had known of the requirement I shd: have told you when I asked you verbally in Paris.
It only came to my knowledge when - with the intent that your name shd: be brought forward in the best fashion - I asked the President, Sir George Reid, to co-operate. He told me of the condition & I at once wrote you on the [p. 4] subject.
On hearing from Lavery shortly before I went to London lately; that you had never received my letter I went to see Sir George again & told him so - He was most kind & wound up by saying: - "If you shew me a scrap from Mr. Whistler I shall propose his election from the chair, while you can second it."
Perhaps you will allow me to make a suggestion. It is that you shd: as the simplest plan, view this letter as my written request for permission to have your election proposed.
A reply favourable, however brief it be, will put all to rights & will be a great pleasure to me, for I shall be able to take up what was always an idea after my own heart -
With best regards, Yours sincerely
JW was eventually elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Scottish Academy.
5. shall be able...James Guthrie
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