System Number: 08735
Date: 29 August 1878
Author: George & William Webb
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 4/10
Document Type: MsLS
G. & WM WEBB,
11, AUSTIN FRIARS,
OLD BROAD STREET, E. C.
29 Augst 1878.
Mr J. A. Whistler Esqre
The White House
Tite Street - Chelsea -
Mr Nightingales representative called upon us today & handed us an Account showing a net balance claimed by him of £635. 18. 10[.] he stated that the detailed Accounts had been handed to Mr Godwin - he also stated that Mr. Nightingale was not disposed to grant any time for settlement - we think however if you can make him a substantial payment & get your acceptances backed by substantial persons you might get any reasonable time you require - We have an impression that it is a great point with him to have some cash down - You must please take this matter upon yourself as our Clients do not feel justified in advancing any further sums on the property.
Geo & W Webb.
Probably written by a clerk, although the signature may be by one of the Webbs.
3. Mr Nightingales representative
An unidentified representative of Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale (b. 1838), builder [more]. This relates to the White House, JW's studio house at Tite Street, then recently completed by Nightingale. JW moved into the White House in late July 1878 (see JW to S. Morse #10876, #10873). However, many of his accounts were still outstanding, including those of Nightingale and Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more] of the house.
The North Metropolitan Building and Investment Society, which provided JW's mortgage (see #08882, #11896). By c. May 1879, JW's debt to the Society was listed as £1415. 5. 9. (see list of creditors, #11926).