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System Number: 05302
Date: [31 August/1 September 1887?][1]
Author: A. J. LePatourel[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: Royal Society of British Artists
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R198
Document Type: MsLd

Sir -

I am directed by the President to say that at this next General Meeting (Monday Sept. 5th) he has it in his power to show to the Society, the Memorial that was presented to H. M. The Queen[3] -

The Address must be returned almost immediately, it having been entrusted to him for a few days only, & a similar occasion may not occur again -

The President therefore trusts that you may find it possible to attend - and would feel personally honoured at the interest in his undertaking, evinced by your presence, when the work is shown -

I am to request that you will kindly answer by return -

I am Yrs - -

[four illegible initials][4] .. R. B. A.

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1.  [31 August/1 September 1887?]
Dated by responses (see L. C. Henley to A. J. LePatourel, 1 September 1887, #02122, and J. Charlton to same, 2 September 1887, #00592).

2.  A. J. LePatourel
A. F. or A. J. Le Patourel, painter, acting secretary of the SBA [more]. This draft was written by JW.

3.  Memorial that was presented to H. M. The Queen
During her Jubilee Year, JW sent a Memorial to the Queen requesting that the Society of British Artists be called 'Imperial'. This was then amended to read 'Royal'. The SBA received a Royal Charter, thus becoming the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) (G. Lushington to JW, 9 August 1887, #13418). The Memorial was shown to the RBA on 5 September 1887 (#01841, #01842).

4.  [four illegible initials]
The initials and 'RBA' are written in the left margin.