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System Number: 06165
Date: 26 August 1879
Author: George and William Webb[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Edward William Godwin[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W162
Document Type: MsLS



26 Augt 1879

TO E. W. Godwin Esq
8 Victoria Chambers

Dear Sir,

"White House[3]"

I think my brother did not make it clear that the rent he asked could be so arranged as to result in a purchase of the house. I should like to hear from you respecting Mr Stuart-Wortleys[4] desires. The house is about to be put up for sale by the Trustee, & we could make our Mortgages exceedingly useful to a purchaser, by arranging beforehand the course to be adopted in the event of purchase.

We should like to find a purchaser[5] without any delay & as our advances are made on your valuation & you doubtless have the right connection to provide purchasers, probably you would be able to find one to whom the arrangements we could make would be very convenient. When you are down in the City, if you will give us a call we will discuss the matter with you so as to facilitate your operations.

Would it be possible to build upon the house without destroying the top studio, so as to give additional bedrooms? If you could lend us the plans, it might be useful, or perhaps in the event of an intending purchaser desiring to see them, you might like him referred to you that you might explain them & the facility with which alterations might be made

Yours truly

Geo & Wm Webb

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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] of the White House.

3.  White House
JW's studio house at Tite Street. JW moved into the White House in late July 1878 but many of his accounts were still outstanding, including those of Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale (b. 1838), builder [more], and E. W Godwin. This contributed to his bankruptcy in May 1879.

4.  Mr Stuart-Wortleys
Archibald James Stuart-Wortley (1849-1905), painter, first President of the Society of Portrait Painters [more].

5.  purchaser
On 18 September 1879, the house was purchased for £2700 by Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more].