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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04302
Date: 22 May 1878
Author: Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Edward William Godwin[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler N59
Document Type: ALS


ALBERT WORKS,
ALBERT EMBANKMENT,
LAMBETH, LONDON, S. E.

B. E. NIGHTINGALE,
BUILDER & CONTRACTOR.

May 22 1878

SUBJECT -     
CONTRACT - Tite St

E. W. Godwin Esqr

Sir

The panel[3] last order[e]d will be fixed to day[.] I expect after that is done - I shall have to withdraw my workmen as the money[4] is not paid

Yours truly

B E Nightingale


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Notes:

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

2.  Edward William Godwin
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more]. Godwin was the architect of the White House, JW's studio house at Tite Street, then under construction.

3.  panel
This probably refers to a part of the additional decorative details that JW was obliged to include on the street elevation of the house. The London Metropolitan Board of Works objected to the austere facade of Godwin's original design and withheld the lease on the land until the changes were made.

4.  money
JW's precarious financial situation was worsening. It was further hindered by his dispute with the Metropolitan Board which cost money in litigation terms (see for example, W. Webb's accounts, #08928). On 25 November 1878, Nightingale sued JW (see Judgement, #12031) for non-payment.