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System Number: 01662
Date: [1 May?] 1896[1]
Author: Alfred Gilbert[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G28
Document Type: ALS

[May 2 1?] 96

[embossed:] 16, MAIDA VALE. W.

My dear [copy of a butterfly signature]

"The boy[3]" has been, I have seen, and am conquered! - Not only am I amazed and delighted with [p. 2] his work, but his individuality has charmed me -. I look forward to lunching with you on Sunday, - for the invitation thanks - and to the talk we shall have, about my new found friend.

Yours ever

Alfred Gilbert

P. S. I should have written last night but I only knew your address to write it today.

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1.  [1 May?] 1896
The date and text of the letter are hard to read.

2.  Alfred Gilbert
Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934), sculptor [more].

3.  boy
Edward Godwin (b. 1876), son of Beatrix and E. W. Godwin; JW's step-son [more]; he studied sculpture under Gilbert. His mother died on 10 May 1896; both she and JW must have wished urgently to settle Edward's future.