The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01882
Date: 8 April 1903
Author: James Guthrie[1]
Place: Glasgow
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G247
Document Type: ALS


April 8. / 1903

Dear Mr. Whistler,

Miss Story[2] called today & told me that her father[3] had received a kind letter[4] from you informing him that it wd: not be possible for you to come for the Graduation Ceremony at the end of this month, & that in reply he has written to [p. 2] ask if you could come in July.

She was afraid you might be put to trouble by having to write again so I suggested that I might telegraph[5] you so that by replying through me you might be saved this -

If you think there is not much prospect of [p. 3] your being able to come in July I venture to suggest that it would be better for you to be capped in absentia - as otherwise the matter wd. be indefinitely postponed - The Principal Graduation day is the one in April.

Should this be your own view I need not say that I shall be [p. 4] most happy (as will Newbery[6] I am sure) to do anything to bring about this arrangement. It is exceptional, but can be done.

For a fortnight I'm here on the sick list again - the second chill this winter!

I hope you are well - & that you will be able to take advantage of the changed weather that must surely come[7].

With kind regards to Miss Philip[8]
Yours Sincerely

James Guthrie

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

2.  Miss Story
Miss Story, the daughter of R. H. Story.

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

4.  letter
4 April 1903, #01687.

5.  telegraph

6.  Newbery
Francis Henry Newbery (1855-1946), painter, Director of Glasgow School of Art [more].

7.  come...Guthrie
The remainder of the text is written in the left margin of p. 4 at right angles to the main text.

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