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System Number: 06161
Date: 13 May 1878
Author: George and William Webb[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Edward William Godwin[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W158
Document Type: ALS


FROM
GEO. & WM WEBB,
11, AUSTIN FRIARS,
OLD BROAD STREET, E. C.

LONDON

13 May 1878

TO E. W. Godwin Esq

Dr Sir

Whistler

The Solicitor[3] to the Metropolitan Board[4] [w]rites us, under the date of the 11th [Inst?] - that "the Boards Architect[5] is unable at present to certify to the Board that the Conditions upon which the lease[6] can be granted - have been complied with"

Mr Nightingale[7] has forwarded us another certificate by [you?] for £300 - which we must ask Mr Whistler to meet

Yours

G & W Webb.


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Notes:

1.  George and William Webb
George Webb (b. ca 1835), of G. and W. Webb. lawyer [more]; and William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

2.  Edward William Godwin
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more]. Godwin was the architect of JW's studio house at Tite Street, the White House, then in the process of construction.

3.  Solicitor
William Wyke Smith (1808-1878), Solicitor, Metropolitan Board of Works, London [more].

4.  Metropolitan Board
The London Metropolitan Board of Works was a municipal body responsible for major schemes of public works. It also had a planning role in the development of new public thoroughfares.

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

6.  lease
The Metropolitan Board objected to the austere facade designed by Godwin. The Board withheld the lease on the property until JW and Godwin devised some additional decorative details.

7.  Mr Nightingale
Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale (b. 1838), builder [more].