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System Number: 01736
Date: [5 March 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Edward William Godwin[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G102
Document Type: ALS

It is all right about the certificate -

Webb[3] came last night after all - He was very nice indeed - But wishes by hook or by crook to get that lease - He knows one of or two members of the Board and will do what he can - Flower[4] he had seen - but he said the case was different as Flower could afford to wait having his own money - I will tell you all the conversation when I see you -

[p. 2] The upshot being that he Webb is with us and distinctly not against us - I said to him "The builder[5] is ready for another payment - and Godwin is to give him the certificate I believe tomorrow - of course you will not hesitate for [a] moment about paying it?" to which the Dook replied - Oh certainly not that will be all right I will pay it - -

In short all the certificates will be paid as they are presented - Webb said that there should be no hitch on his part now - The building shall be paid for right through - But I have promised that you will see Vulliamy[6] - and make friends with him -

Kindest regards -

[butterfly signature]

[top of p. 1] Just been to the house - Dont take any pride in the dado of drawing room ! ! ! ! ! . . . . -

[p. 2] 'rec'd thro'[7] John[8] Midday March 5. 78'

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1.  [5 March 1878]
Dated on receipt, probably by E. W. Godwin, in left margin of page two.

2.  Edward William Godwin
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more].

3.  Webb
Either George Webb (b. ca 1835), of G. and W. Webb. lawyer [more], or William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more]. He was trying to get the lease approved by the Metropolitan Board of Works for JW's new house, the White House being built in Tite Street.

4.  Flower
Probably Wickham Flower (b. ca 1836), solicitor and collector [more].

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

6.  Vulliamy
George John Vulliamy (1817-1886), Superintending Architect with the Metropolitan Board of Works, London [more].

7.  rec'd thro' ... March 5. 78
This line is written by another hand in the left margin on page two.

8.  John
John Cossins, JW's valet [more].