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System Number: 08922
Date: [c. 12 September 1877
Author: George and William Webb [1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: AD[2]


J. A. McN. Whistler.
to
Geo & Wm Webb
Solicitors
11 Austin Friars E. C.

1877        
Sept 19 Attending you as to the house[3] you proposed to build & [five illegible words] of £1500, taking particulars & as to the mode in which you would be willing to repay. You preferring to repay by quarterly instalments   6 8
 " Explaining to you the terms upon which the North Metropolitan Building Society[4] would make to advance (subject to survey) & we arranged to find you the money required to meet the builders demands as the house progressed at £ 10 per cent until the lease was granted when assuming the property to be a good security it was to form the subject of a regular mortgage to the Building Society - - - -
  Letter to your Architect Mr Godwin[5] for particulars of the proposed house   3 6
Novr 2 Having been informed by Mr Godwin that you were now prepared to commence taking the advance Letter to you requesting you to furnish us with the Building agreement with the Metropolitan Board of Works[6] which was to form the preliminary security   3 6
Novr 8 Having received same perusing & considering it   6 8
8 Attending at Somerset House Stamping [illegible] with Builder [illegible]   3 10
10 The Building Agreement prohibiting any dealing with it without the license of the Metropolitan Board.      
  Letter to their Solicitors respecting same      
  Carried forward £1.    7.   
  /1.      

 

(p. 2)

1877 Brought forward £1 7 8
Nov 27 Having received draft license to charge Building agreement copy to keep fo[lio]s 12.   4  
  Perusing same   4  
  Letter to Metropolitan Board of Works returning same approved   3 6
Dec 7 Letter to Metropolitan Board of Works enclosing £3. 3/ their demand for the licence - - -
1878        
Jany 14 Letter to you to call & execute charge upon your building agreement   3 6
16 Instructions for charge on your Building agreement   6 8
  Drawing & fair copy same   5  
  Attending you on your calling and executing same and attesting   6 8
  Notice thereof to the Board of Works and duplicate to keep   5  
  Letter to Mr Nightingale[7] your Contractor enclosing cheque for £450 amount of Mr Godwin's [pl?] certificate   3 6
Feb 12 Having received a further certificate by Mr Godwin for a payment of £450 to Mr Nightingale attending at the property inspecting the progress made therein 1 1 -
  Cab hire   2 6
  Letter to you that we had another certificate from Architect - - -
  Letter to Mr Smith[8] (Metropolitan Board of Works) the house being nearly roofed      
  Carried forward £4 13 -
  /2      

 

(p. 3)

1878 Brought forward £ 4 13 -
Feby 12 bespeaking the Lease   3 6
  Letter to Mr Nightingale enclosing cheque for £450.- amount of Mr Godwins second certificate   3 6
13 Instructions for & drawing application to the North Metropolitan Building Society for the advance of £1000 and attending them therewith   6 8
18 Mr Godwin having written us with an appointment for today for you to see us telegram to him postponing the appointment till tomorrow & paid   3 6
25 Letter to the Solicitor of the Metropolitan Board of Works urging him to let us have the Lease   3 6
  Letter to Mr Godwin that we wanted to see you on the balance of your requirements it appearing that they would far exceed the amount originally put to us   3 6
28 Letter to Mr Godwin enclosing letter we had received from Metropolitan Board refusing to grant the Lease on the ground that it was not in accordance with approved plans and thereon   3 6
  Copy letter to accompany   1 -
  Letter to you also enclosing copy of the letter and thereon   3 6
  Copy letter to accompany   1 -
Mar 1 Attending Solicitor to Board of Works in Spring Gardens at when he spoke very strongly on your breach of the      
  Carried forward £ 6 6 2
  /3      

 

(p. 4)

1878 Brought forward £ 6 6 2
Mar 1 agreement & advised an instant submission of plans to the Board   13 4
  Letter to Mr Godwin thereon   3 6
  Letter to you with an appointment to call on you on Monday on the matter   3 6
6 Special letter to the Solicitor of the Board as to the inconvenience to you in not getting the lease and clerks attendance therewith   5  
  Letter to Mr Godwin to know if he had arranged the matter with Mr Vulliamy[9] the Boards Architect   3 6
7 Letter to Mr Godwin to let us have a copy of the entire correspondence between him & Mr Vulliamy that we might if necessary prepare the memorial to the Board and thereon   3 6
13 Attending Mr Nightingale's clerk on his calling explaining to him the difficulty that had arisen in consequence of the dispute with the Architect & that we could make no further advances whilst a deliberate breach of the agreement was held out to us by the Metropolitan Board as forfeiting tha agreement   6 8
15 Attending Mr Nightingale's clerk on his again calling explaining the position in which we were placed & it was arranged that we should call on the Metropolitan Board of Works and learn how the matter      
  Carried forward £ 8 5 2
  4/      

 

(p. 5)

1878 Brought forward £ 8 5 2
Mar 15 stood & communicate with him thereon   6 8
  Attending at the Metropolitan Board accordingly when we learned that an amended design had been sent in & that the Architect would recommend it to the Committee for their sanction & that it would be considered on Monday next   13 4
  Letter to Mr Nightingale accordingly   3 6
16 Letter to Mr Nightingale enclosing cheque for £300 & on the matter   3 6
19 Letter to Mr. Smith again urging him to let you that it would have the lease   3 6
21 Having been informed by the Solicitor to the Metropolitan Board that you now knew the Boards requirements letter to you explaining our inability to proceed with the advances in the absence of the lease   3 6
25 Letter to Mr Vulliamy for a certificate as would entitle you to ask for the lease and thereon   3 6
27 Letter to Mr Godwin for a copy [of] Mr Vulliamy's letter of the 19th to which we had been referred by him in reply to our last to him   3 6
28 Letter to Mr Vulliamy again urging his assistance in getting the lease letter   3 6
  Letter also to Mr Runtz[10] a member of the Board of Works asking his intervention in the matter      
  Carried forward £ 10 13 2
  /5      

 

(p. 6)

1878 Brought forward £10 13 2
Apl. 4 Letter to Mr Godwin that Mr Nightingale had been here to day and stated the work required by the Board had been done and for his confirmation thereof or otherwise as we did not desire to apply to Mr Vulliamy uselessly and as to delay   3 6
6 Letter to Mr Smith making formal demand for lease and thereon   3 6
  Letter to Mr Godwin in reply to his telegram that we would call on you on Tuesday or Wednesday next   3 6
17 Attending Mr Nightingale's clerk on his again calling with Mr Godwin's certificate and when he informed us that the alterations were commenced and would be proceeded with at once & we handed him £360 the amount of the certificate   6 8
18 Letter to Mr Smith again pressing for the lease   3 6
May 2 Letter to Mr Smith again enquiring why the lease was withheld   3 6
8 Attending you on your calling going at length into your legal position in regard to the Board and as to your advances and advising thereon and we were to press the Board for the lease   6 8
  Letter to Mr Smith accordingly   3 6
13 Having received a letter from the Solicitor to the Board stating that      
  Carried forward £ 12 7 6
  /6      

 

(p. 7)

1878 Brought forward £ 12 7 6
May 13 the Architect still declined to give his certificate attending on the premises at Chelsea inspecting same and comparing same with the approved plan when it appeared to us that tho' the building and external decoration[11] were not complete the withholding of the lease seemed unnecessary for the Boards protection   13 4
  Coach hire   2  
  Letter to Mr Godwin that we had returned his certificate to Mr Nightingale and that he must apply to you for further money until the Boards requirements were satisfied   3 6
  Letter to Mr Nightingale returning the certificate and thereon   3 6
  Letter to Mr Smith again pressing for the lease   3 6
14 Attending the Clerk to Mr Nightingale explaining to him in reply to his request for a further payment the position in which we were placed by reason of the non compliance with the Architects requirements   6 8
  Letter to Mr Godwin in answer to his that we could not meet his certificate as we had no more funds to advance without the lease and thereon   3 6
16 Letter to Mr Smith in reply to his stating that      
  Carried forward £ 14 3 6
  /7      

 

(p. 8)

1878 Brought forward £ 14 3 6
May 16 you were not entitled to your lease as to the Board withholding the same   3 6
17 Attending Mr Godwin on his calling conferring with him as to position of matters & advising on a proposed statement of facts he was about to submit to the Chairman of the Board   6 8
  Fair copy statement of Mr Godwin to keep folios 12   4  
  Attending with same and with your letter to Sir James Hogg[12] at Metropolitan Board of Works   6 8
24 Attending Mr Nightingale on his again calling & explaining the position we were in by reason of our inability to get the lease and we were obliged to decline to accede to his wishes for a further payment in the matter   6 8
27 Letter to Mr Smith in answer to his agreeing to your entering into a covenant to complete the requirements of the Board for the immediate granting of the lease   3 6
30 Letter to Mr Godwin in reply to his that we had received a communication from the Board but that we could do nothing further without the Leases and that we had explained the matter to Mr Nightingale's representative   3 6
  Letter to Mr Smith again pressing for the Lease   3 6
June 5 Having received draft lease perusing same folio 25   8 4
  Copy to keep   8 4
  Attending you on your calling going into the covenants inserted in the draft in consequence of your disagreement & advising thereon when you consented to accede to same and we arranged with you as to your Mortgages   6 8
  Pursuant to your request preparing & despatching telegram to Mr Nightingale that we could meet his certificate on Saturday & to let you have access at once & paid   4 4
  Letter to Mr Smith returning draft lease approved & as to getting the counterpart executed by you on Friday.        
  Carried forward £ 17 12 8
  /8      

 

(p. 9)

1878 Brought forward £ 17 12 8
June 6th Instr[ucti]ons for second Mortgage (the Building Societys being the first)  "   6 8
"  " Drawing same folios 25 1 5  "
"   7th Engrossing -  "  16 8
"  " Parchment 5
"  " Attending Stamping & paid   11 8
"   " Drawing Memorial fo[lio]s. 6 6  
"  " Engrossing  "  4  " 
"  " Stamp & Parchment  "  5  " 
  "  8 Examining engrossment of lease & counterpart  "  10  " 
"  " Drawing Memorial fos. 8.  "  8  " 
"  " Engrossing  "  5 4
"  " Stamp & parchment  "  5  "
"  " Putting plans on Memorial & copy to file  "  15  " 
"  " Attending you at Chelsea attesting your execution of counterpart lease and Memorial  "  13 4
"  " Attending at the Metropolitan Board exchaging Lease for Counterpart & paying the Solicitors charges thereon  "  13 4
"  " Afterwards attending you again at Chelsea on your executing the Mortgages & Memorials  "  13 4
  "  13 Letter to Mr Nightingale enclosing cheque £200 amount of Mr Godwins certificate  "  3 6
"  " Drawing & fair copy notice of second Mortgage  "  5  "
"  " Letter to North Metropolitan Buildg Society therewith "       
  Carried forward £ 27 8  "
  /9      

 

(p. 10)

1878 Brought forward £ 27 8 -
June 17 Attending at the Middlesex Registry registering lease and mortgage   13 4
  Paid fees thereon   12  
Augt. 15 Letter to Mr Nightingale returning certificate as we were not prepared to make further advances   3 6
19 Letter to you in reply that we would look over your house tomorrow at 6.   3 6
20 Attending pursuant to your appointment at your premises surveying same when it being still incomplete, the Metropolitan Boards requirements as to carving not being complied with and not considering the security sufficient we declined to make further advances   13 4
Sept 10 Attending you and Mr Allingham[13] on your calling explaining the position of the matter & we were to further furnish you with copies of your mortgages      
  Attending at North Metropolitan Building Society paying repayment and obtaining copy of the rules for you   6 8
12 Copy mortgage to [Lewis?] & others folios 25   8 4
  The like of Building Society Mortgage on form   5  
  Attending Mr Allingham with book & rules[14] of the North Metropolitan Building Society and with copy of the two mortgages      
  Letters messengers &c          
    £ 30 18 8
  10/      

 

[p. 11]
[...] 1877-8 [...]
J. A. McN. Whistler Esqre
Charges -
£ 30. 18. 8

'267'[15]

G & W Webb
11. Austin Friars
E C


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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.  MsD
Manuscript entries on lined sheets.

3.  house
The White House designed for JW as both house and studio in Tite Street, by Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more]. Although it was not entirely completed, JW moved into the White House in June 1878. It was sold after his bankruptcy.

4.  North Metropolitan Building Society
The Society's Rule Book (#11910) and several letters (#08881, #08883, #08884) help document the mortgage agreements on the White House.

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

6.  Metropolitan Board of Works
The Board controlled planning developement in the Chelsea area, and were not noted for their efficiency or good taste.

7.  Mr Nightingale
Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale (b. 1838), builder [more]. Nightingale's relationship with JW and Godwin was not entirely happy, and his outstanding accounts contributed to JW's bankruptcy in May 1879.

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

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

10.  external decoration
The Metropolitan Board of Works insisted that decorative plaques were added to the frontage of the White House, which added unnecessarily to the cost and upset the spare elegance of Godwin's original design.

11.  Mr Runtz
John Runtz (b. ca 1819), employee of the Metropolitan Board of Works, London [more].

12.  your letter to Sir James Hogg
This letter has not been located but there is a related letter dated 5 June 1878 from JW to Sir James Macnaghten McGarel Hogg (1823-1890), first Baron Magheramorne [more] (#02157). That Hogg did respond to JW's pleas, is shown by a letter dated 27 December 1877 from him to Quintin Hogg (1845-1903), merchant [more] (#02158).

13.  Mr Allingham
Theodore Frederick Allingham (b. 1845), solicitor [more].

14.  rules
JW's lawyer, J. A. Rose, had a copy of the rule book (#11910).

15.  '267'
Added in another hand, and circled, probably by James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more]. This is one of hundreds of legal documents and accounts collected by Rose, many at the time of JW's banruptcy in 1879.