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System Number: 08926
Date: [August/October 1878][1]
Author: Maud Franklin[2]
Place: London
Recipient: Theodore Frederick Allingham[3]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS

The White House


Dear Mr Allingham

Mr Whistler wishes me to enclose this[5] & to say that he hopes to send you some money directly - he would be very glad to hear from you respecting Nightingale[6]

Yours Very Sincerely

Maud Franklin

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1.  [August/October 1878]
Dated from reference to B. E. Nightingale (see note below).

2.  Maud Franklin
Mary Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), JW's model and mistress [more].

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

4.  '191'
Written in another hand in upper right-hand corner of sheet.

5.  this
The enclosure is untraced. However, it may have been a debtors summons issued by Nightingale on 30 September 1878 (see T. F. Allingham to JW, #12048).

6.  Nightingale
Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale (b. 1838), builder [more] of the White House, JW's recently completed studio house at Tite Street. JW disputed Nightingale's claim for the construction costs of the house. In the spring of 1878, the already spiralling bill was increased further by a dispute with the London Metropolitan Board of Works who insisted that the austere design of the house be revised to include decorative details. For JW, already hard-pressed financially, the cost of these additions became impossible to bear (see his correspondence with E. W. Godwin, #08736, #01748). Nightingale's patience finally ran out and on 29 August he insisted that the account be settled immediately (see G. & W. Webb to JW, #08735).