The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01735
Date: [30 January 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Edward William Godwin[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G101
Document Type: ALS

Wednesday - 'Jany 30. 78.'[3]

Come down to me if you can possibly manage it tomorrow morning early - I want to tell you all about the Board[4] - If they send for you - dont go - mind - I tell you straight - be out - and come here instead - Every thing is at bottom all right - however wrong it may seem with the Hogg[5] set! - I have excellent advice about it - from Wickham Flower[6] who knows - He says get on [p. 2] "get on! get on the roof as fast as you can" - and they can't make you pull it down - Keep away from the Board - until all is finished - When the roof "is on it is too late for them to put in an injunction." And by George old chap they are getting on! the whole scaffolding of the roof is already up! - I saw it this evening, looked lovely! - Let the builder know how pleased I am with his work and urge him to hasten - but let above all dont breathe a word of difficulty of any kind to Nightingale[7] or any one -

[butterfly signature]

All the yarn about Ruskin[8] is false -

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1.  [30 January 1878]
Dated from added pencil note (see below).

2.  Edward William Godwin
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more].

3.  'Jany 30. 78.'
Added in pencil in another hand.

4.  Board
The Metropolitan Board of Works, who had not given planning permission for the White House designed by Godwin for JW in Tite Street.

5.  Hogg
Quintin Hogg (1845-1903), merchant [more], or perhaps Sir James Macnaghten McGarel Hogg (1823-1890), first Baron Magheramorne [more].

6.  Wickham Flower
Wickham Flower (b. ca 1836), solicitor and collector [more].

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

8.  Ruskin
John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more]. The 'yarn' has not been explained.