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System Number: 00330
Date: 15 November 1886
Author: Joseph Edgar Boehm[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B106
Document Type: ALS

15 Nov. 86


My dear Mac

Only yesterday I heard of Godwin's[2] death & now know what you meant. What a brute you must have thought me for my reply - but as I never read a newspaper I was ignorant - How is his poor wife[3] left off? Has he children? [p. 2] I was so shocked when I heard it - Ecce gloria mundi![4]

This week I am terribly busy on account of the coming trial "in situ" - of - the Wellington Statue[5] (disagreable business) [p. 3] but soon after that I hope to see you[.] I long to have a talk with you - & Watts[6] to marry on Saturday next! - & then Blauer Montag[7]!

Goodbye in haste


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1.  Joseph Edgar Boehm
Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-1890), sculptor [more].

2.  Godwin's
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more]. Godwin died on 6 October 1886.

3.  wife
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. She and her son Edward (b. 1876), were left very badly off. The son inherited Godwin's papers and drawings, and some furniture. See also JW's letter regarding an appeal for funds to help them, #00497.

4.  Ecce gloria mundi!
Lat., Such is the glory of the world!

5.  Wellington Statue
Boehm's statue of the Duke Wellington was erected at Marble Arch.

6.  Watts
George Frederick Watts (1817-1904), painter and sculptor [more]. He married Mary Fraser Tytler on 20 November 1886.

7.  Blauer Montag
Ger., 'blue Monday,' i.e. a day on which little work is done following a weekend of celebration.

8.  Spuch
Boehm was usually referred to by JW as 'Spuch'.