The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04301
Date: 20 May 1878
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler N58
Document Type: ALS

Mr B. E. Nightingale -

Dear Sir -

I enclose copy of letter I have this morning sent to Board of Works[2], and which will I doubt not put an end to all further difficulties -

Messrs. Webb[3] have by this post also a copy of same and I trust that you will be good enough not to stop the work until answer received -

Of course I regret exceedingly that you should in any way have had to suffer through this unexpected and curiously persecution on the part of the Board of Works [p. 2] and have only to thank you for the kind and courteous forbearance you have shown while executing such highly finished and perfect work for me -

Very faithfully Yours

J A McN. Whistler

P. S. Through some blunder of the foreman I suppose the key was taken away yesterday and I was obliged to force my way into the house having brought with me a party of ladies and gentlemen to show over the place - Will you kindly give strict orders that the key be always left with the watchman until I am ready for it myself - so that I may not again by chance find myself in such an absurd plight -

96. Cheyne Walk Chelsea

20th. May. 1878.

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1.  Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale
Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale (b. 1838), builder [more].

2.  Board of Works
JW's letter to the Metropolitan Board of Works complained of their failure to deliver the lease of his new house, the White House in Tite Street (copy, #04058).

3.  Messrs. Webb
JW sent his lawyers, 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], copies of this correspondence (#10751).