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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08869
Date: 13 December 1878
Author: Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ADS


'Bill[2] or one shilling note 13/9/78'

No.
£100. 0. 0     13 December 1878

Four months after date pay to my Order one hundred pounds value received

B. E. Nightingale

To Mr James Abbott McNeil [sic] Whistler
The White House
Chelsea

[p. 2] 'Bill[3] one 13 Shilling 9 or note 78'

£63. 5. 8      13 December 1878
Six months after date pay to my order Sixty three pounds five shillings and eight pence Value received

B E Nightingale

To Mr James Abbott McNeil [sic] Whistler
The White House
Chelsea

[p. 3] 'Stamp[4] 1/-'

13 December 1878.
£63. 5. 8
Six Months after date pay to my Order Sixty three Pounds five shillings and eight pence Value received

B. E. Nightingale

To Mr James Abbott McNeil Whistler
The White House
Chelsea

'Whistler & Howell[5] & Nightingale'[6]


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Notes:

1.  Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale
Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale (b. 1838), builder [more]. This document concerns JW's dispute with Nightingale over the construction cost of the White House, his new studio and house at Tite Street, which far exceeded the original estimate. Obliged by the London Metropolitan Board of Works to make additions to the design of the house, JW was indignant at the size of the final bill. The dispute contributed to the growing crisis in JW's finances (see his correspondence with E. W. Godwin, #08736, #01748, and G. & W. Webb to JW, #08735). On 11 December, Nightingale's solicitor John Mackrell & Co. wrote to Rose pressing for settlement of the debt (J. Mackrell to J. A. Rose, #12011). This document probably forms part of the settlement proposal.

2.  Bill ... 78
Written in a circle in left margin.

3.  Bill ... 78
Written in a circle in left margin.

4.  Stamp 1/-
Written in a circle in left margin. 'Accepted ... strand' is written over the text on this page, which is on blue legal paper.

5.  Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more].

6.  Nightingale
Line written in red ink in another hand.