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System Number: 04299
Date: 9 May 1878
Author: Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Edward William Godwin[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler N56
Document Type: ALS


ALBERT WORKS,
ALBERT EMBANKMENT,
LAMBETH, LONDON, S. E.

B. E. NIGHTINGALE,
BUILDER & CONTRACTOR.

May 9 1878

SUBJECT -     
CONTRACT -  Tite St

E. W Godwin Esqr

Dr Sir

You will find the works are now being push[e]d on - and in a short time all will be completed[.] I am giving the works my personal attention & will continue to do so until all is finish[e]d[;] the orders are of such a nature that they take a deal of time to prepare [p. 2] before we can fit -

Mr Whistler[3] has order[e]d the floor of the Studio to be stained - before being stained it ought to have be plained[;] [sic] shall I put this in hand.

Yours most truly

B E Nightingale


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Notes:

1.  Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale
Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale (b. 1838), builder [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. Godwin's letter of 8 May (untraced) replied to Nightingale's of the same day (#04298). At the head of Nightingale's letter, Godwin noted that his reply urged greater progress on the house.

3.  Mr Whistler
JW was keen to move into the White House as the lease on 96 Cheyne Walk expired on 25 June 1878.