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System Number: 06158
Date: 4 April 1878
Author: George and William Webb[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Edward William Godwin[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W155
Document Type: ALS


FROM
GEO. & WM WEBB,
11, AUSTIN FRIARS,
OLD BROAD STREET, E. C.

LONDON

4 April 1878

TO E. W. Godwin Eq
8 Victoria Chambers
Westminster
S. W

Dr Sir

Whistler

Mr. Nightingales[3] clerk has been with us today stating that all the work required by the Board has been now done & that we are entitled to a certificate of the lease - We do not desire to apply to Mr Vulliamy[4] - uselessly & as we do not know what those requirements are - we shall be glad - (if the certificate may be applied for) - if possible do so at once - as the delay in getting the lease seems to be putting everyone to inconvenience

Yours

G & W Webb


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Notes:

1.  George and William Webb
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]. The lawyers who negotiated JW's mortgage.

2.  Edward William Godwin
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more]. He designed JW's new house and studio, the White House in Tite Street, Chelsea.

3.  Mr. Nightingales
Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale (b. 1838), builder [more].

4.  Mr Vulliamy
George John Vulliamy (1817-1886), Superintending Architect with the Metropolitan Board of Works, London [more]. The Metropolitan Board of Works objected to the simplicity of the facade and withheld the lease until additional decorative details were added.