The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07612
Date: [1889/1892?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Walter Besant[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/5/1
Document Type: ALS

Dear Mr Besant -

I regret to have, this morning, to send you, in return for your charming little note[3], the announcement, most disappointing to myself, of the impossibility of my being among your privileged guests today - but the doctor forbids my leaving my room, where, under his orders, I am a very unwilling and unusual prisoner -

This weather, unlike the Incorporated Society of Authors, is no distinguisher [p. 2] of persons - and after your flattering invitation[4], I am deeply mortified. -

Pray present my compliments & regrets to the Gentlemen of the Committee

and believe me
Very Sincerely Yours

J McN. Whistler

Walter Besant Esq
Chairman -

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1.  [1889/1892?]
Besant was chairman of the Incorporated Society of Authors from 1889-1892.

2.  Walter Besant
Walter Besant (1836-1901), novelist, dramatist and social campaigner [more].

3.  note
Letter untraced.

4.  flattering invitation
The invitation was probably connected with JW's vice-presidency of the Society, a position that he had held since March 1887 (see A. Ross to JW, #02261).