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System Number: 05249
Date: [18 July 1887][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: William Michael Rossetti[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R145
Document Type: ALdS


BEEFSTEAK CLUB.[3]

[sketch of woman][4]

My dear William -

I am shocked to find that a printed lithographed circular (which with its fellows found its way into the waste paper basket) - turns out to have been an invitation to a function from which I would not for worlds have been absent - I mean of course the unveiling of the drinking fountain in memory of Gabrielle [sic] Rossetti[5] -

I am greatly mortified to think know that foolish inattention [p. 2] on my part to printed circulars should have kep lost me an occasion of doing honour to a rare friend of your brother's rare calibre -

Also how could you have allowed what a regrettable how regrettable is it that a matter of such weight should have been heralded in such an unimportant manner!

No personal note of any kind came to warn me of the event, and I never dreamed that a ceremony of this nature was taking place within a stone's throw of my own place home -

I can only trust that no other old friend of Gabriel's was lost disappointed from the same cause -

Always affectionately Yours

J McN Whistler

454. Fulham Rd -


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Notes:

1.  [18 July 1887]
Dated from reference to D. G. Rossetti's memorial. This is a draft for #11084, to which W. M. Rossetti replied on 21 July 1887 (#05250).

2.  William Michael Rossetti
William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), civil servant and critic [more].

3.  BEEFSTEAK CLUB.
Embossed on page.

4.  [sketch of woman]
Lady wearing a dress with a bustle (M.1137).

5.  Gabrielle [sic] Rossetti
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), artist and poet [more].