The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 04839
Date: 12 July 1902
Author: Rosalind Birnie Philip[1]
Place: [The Hague]
Recipient: James Guthrie[2]
Place: [Edinburgh]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P479
Document Type: ALd

July. 12th 1902.

Dear Mr Guthrie.

Mr Whistler is most distressed that at this continued delay in acknowled answering officially the letter of The Royal Scottish Academy[3]

You will understand that We have not been that anxious necessarily to say that make it & to have it known that Mr Whistler has been ill but he feels that it will be too long in his convalescence will be too long for and he cannot risk the possi[p. 2]bility of the Society's receiving a wrong impression from of his high appreciation of the honour done him.

He is unable to write himself but begs the President & Gentlemen of the Council to accept again this explanation & prays them if they see fit to forward the diploma which seals for him this high distinction, deeply valued by him & all the more so[4] because of the unanimity of its conte[..]ce-

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1.  Rosalind Birnie Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

2.  James Guthrie
James Guthrie (1859-1930), landscape and portrait painter [more].

3.  Royal Scottish Academy
Guthrie had told JW on 19 March 1902 that he had been elected an honorary member of the RSA. The official letter from G. Hay to JW was written on 20 March, #05259, and on 17 June Hay told Guthrie he had not heard from JW, #05260.

4.  so
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