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System Number: 00445
Date: 9 December 1867
Author: Rodolph Nicholson Wornum[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B224
Document Type: PL


BURLINGTON[2] FINE ARTS CLUB.

177, PICCADILLY,

DEC. 9TH, 1867.

SIR,

A SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE CLUB HOUSE, ON FRIDAY, THE 13TH OF DECEMBER, AT HALF-PAST 4 O'CLOCK, TO DECIDE A MATTER[3] WHICH THE COMMITTEE CONSIDER RENDERS NECESSARY THE APPLICATION OF RULE 27[4] OF THE REGULATIONS OF THE CLUB.

YOUR ATTENDANCE IS REQUESTED.

BY ORDER OF THE COMMITTEE,

R. H. WORNUM,

HON. SECRETARY.


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Notes:

1.  Rodolph Nicholson Wornum
Ralph Nicholson Wornum (1812-1877), history painter [more]. See also letter #10442.

2.  BURLINGTON
The Burlington Fine Arts Club was founded in 1866. It was located at 177, Piccadilly. JW was proposed as a member on 22 February 1867 (see William Boxall (1800-1879), portrait painter, Director of the National Gallery [more], Louis Huth (1821-1905), collector [more], and the Vittorio Emanuelle Taparelli (1816-1890), Marquis D'Azeglio, Sardinian Ambassador and collector [more], proposers, #11957).

3.  MATTER
The matter related to JW's recent row with Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more]. In April 1867, JW quarrelled with Haden, over his treatment of James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more]. Traer died suddenly on 23 April of alcohol related causes, during a trip to Paris. Haden arranged for Traer's burial with what JW and his brother William regarded as unseemly haste. On 26 April, a violent row blew up between the brothers-in-law in a Paris café and Haden fell (or allegedly was pushed by JW) through a plate glass window. Both JW and Haden were members of the Burlington Club and in the aftermath of the Traer affair Haden campaigned for JW to be excluded, having brought to the Club's attention several alleged previous incidents of assault involving JW (JW to L. Huth, #02240, JW to W. Boxall, #00498). JW was asked to resign on the threat of expulsion in June 1867 (see R. N. Wornum to JW, #10442). However, aggrieved with the summary way in which he felt the Club had treated him, JW refused to entertain the charges against him, claiming the Club had no right to interfere in a private matter (see JW to L. Huth, #02240). This letter refers to the meeting convened to consider whether JW should be expelled from the Club.

4.  RULE 27
Wornum quotes Rule 27 from the Club rule-book in his earlier letter to JW, #10442: 'A special general meeting may be called to consider the Expediency of expelling any member from the Club. Any one who may be expelled forfeits all claim to the property of the Club. These special general meetings to consist of not less than fifteen members.'