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System Number: 10543
Date: [1/23 August 1886?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Louise Jopling[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLc[3]


You see whence I am writing this - and I flatter myself you will be pleased at my zeal.

Now the thing to do will be for you to come here to-morrow at any hour you like, for Godwin[5] is his doctor's prisoner for the next few days, and cannot leave the house.

You will see my plans[6], which are simply ravishing, and you will immediately construct with Godwin something lovely for yourself which, in a very short time, will develop itself into my charming next-door neighbour's palace - for we will have palaces, and be neighbours - only there is no time to be lost. The Board[7] meets again on Friday, I believe, and your photos had better be pounced upon immediately, and the "tenders" made out to hand in then. All this Godwin will explain to you, and furnish you with necessary details and documents - and voilà! that is all I can write, and, you know, an awfully long epistle for me.

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1.  [1/23 August 1886?]
Dated by reference to Godwin's plans and health (see below).

2.  Louise Jopling
Louise Jopling (1843-1933), née Goode, later Mrs Jopling-Rowe, artist [more].

3.  PLc
Published in Jopling, Louise, Twenty Years of My Life, 1867 to 1887, London, 1925, pp. 290-91. The original has not been located.

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

5.  Godwin
Godwin's health was precarious. See his letter to Jopling, 23 August 1886, #12327. He died on 6 October 1886.

6.  my plans
Plans for the Tower House, Tite Street, where JW eventually moved in 1888. Mrs Jopling needed studio space for painting and teaching students and was a potential client for the Tite Street development planned by Godwin. However, she did not commission Godwin to build either a studio or house.

7.  The Board
The Metropolitan Board of Works.