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System Number: 02157
Date: 5 June [1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Sir James McGarel Hogg[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H254
Document Type: ALdS

Dear Sir James -

I am really most grieved to trouble you again - but not a word have I had from the Board[3]! -

I have waited with, I am sure you will acknowledge, a patience that is not without its merit, until my position has become absurdly critical - .

In a few days, litterally [sic], the new tenants will come in here - my lease is still witheld [sic] - my new house is closed to me - and when I make this statement to the Board,

[p. 2] These facts when laid before the Board completely fail to interest them and they simply don't answer my letter at all! - ! -

and now I appeal to yourself my dear Sir James, and beg you kindly to send me a line that I may know what step has been taken in this matter -

With apologies for disturbing you, and sincere thanks for the courtesy with which you have entertained this tiresome affair

believe me Very faithfully Yours

J A McN. Whistler

June 5 -

96 Cheyne Walk

Sir Jas McGarel Hogg K.C.B. MP.

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Board of Works

[butterfly signature]

- J A McN. Whistler - 96 - Cheyne Walk -
Chelsea -


1.  5 June [1878]
Year date ascertained from the context of JW's quarrel with the Metropolitan Board of Works (see below).

2.  Sir James McGarel Hogg
Sir James Macnaghten McGarel Hogg (1823-1890), first Baron Magheramorne [more].

3.  Board
The Metropolitan Board of Works objected to the simplicity of the facade of JW's new house and studio, the White House in Tite Street, designed by Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more]. They withheld the lease until additional, expensive, decorative details were added.