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System Number: 10751
Date: 20 May 1878
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: George and William Webb[1]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3/28/1
Document Type: ALS

Messrs G. & W. Webb -

Dear Sirs -

I enclose copy of the letter[2] I have sent this morning to Sir James Hogg[3] (for Board of Works[4]) and which I think will pull them up short and put them at last into the wrong box if resisted -

This I have no doubt you will thoroughly approve and I do trust you will now let no more uncertainties hinder the completion of the work[5] so near its termination -

Believe me Very Sincerely Yours

J A McN. Whistler

96. Cheyne Walk. Chelsea

May 20th 1878.

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Messrs. G.& W. Webb.
9. or 11 Austin Friars
E. C.
[postmark:] WEST BROMPTON S. W. / 1 6 / MY20 / 78
[postmark on verso:] LONDON E. C. / A N / MY20 / 78


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.  letter
See JW to Metropolitan Board of Works, #04058. JW also sent a copy of the letter to Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale (b. 1838), builder [more] of the White House (see note below and JW to B. E. Nightingale, #04301).

3.  Sir James Hogg
Sir James Macnaghten McGarel Hogg (1823-1890), first Baron Magheramorne [more].

4.  Board of Works
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.   work
A reference to the White House, JW's studio house at Tite Street, then under construction. The Board objected to the plain facade in the original design by Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more], and withheld the land lease until changes were made.