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System Number: 04052
Date: [March 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: George John Vulliamy[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M323
Document Type: ALd[3]


Vulliamy Esqr -

Dear Sir -

I have sent in a new drawing and careful thought out of the elevation of my house[4] - which has been most carefully thought out with reference to the objections of the board Gentlemen of the Board - whose wishes I am most anxious am very desirous to meet - Y [an?] Thanks to your kind suggestions Mr Godwin[5] and I have done has done his utmost to

[p. 2] is secured by not running carrying the long line of the top wall through -

I intend the ornamentat decoration to be in fine mosaic and indeed throughout mean that the whole building shall be of a luxurious and elegant appearance and in no way present a suggestion of cheapness, which I fear may have been the impression derived at first be [sic] the Gentlemen of the Board -


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Notes:

1.  [March 1878]
Dated in context of letters discussing the facade of the White House.

2.  George John Vulliamy
George John Vulliamy (1817-1886), Superintending Architect with the Metropolitan Board of Works, London [more].

3.  ALd
This is one of two drafts (the other is #04053) for a letter which has not been traced.

4.  elevation of my house
The elevation of the White House designed by E. W. Godwin for JW in Tite Street. The facade had to be redrawn to incorporate additional decorative elements before the Metropolitan Board of Works would give JW the lease and planning permission. This explains the obsequious tone of this letter.

5.  Mr Godwin
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more].