The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 10760
Date: [1 March 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: George and William Webb[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3/28/10
Document Type: ALS

Dear Sirs -

I have received your letter[3] enclosing document from Board of Works[4] -

Pray be without any anxiety -

Everything is entirely right - and I know perfectly well what the condition of matters is -

I had already sent you this morning a note hoping that you would find it convenient to call here on Monday next at half [p. 2] past five to six - and I trust that this may suit your engagements for that day -

We can then settle everything in a few words - and I can make all clear about the Board! -

Very faithfully Yours

J A McN. Whistler

96. Cheyne Walk -

Messrs G. & W. Webb -

[p. 3] Private

P. S. I have the best influence - and legal opinion and there is really no difficulty whatever existing -

The Board has not attempted to interfere and dont [sic] mean to - Moreover it is entirely too late - The house is practically finished! a triumph of Art and ingenuity -

J. A. M. W.


[p. 4] Do not worry the Board for the lease just yet - wait until I have seen them and you have seen me -

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Messrs. George & Wm Webb -
11. Austin Friars.
Old Broad Street.
E. C.
[postmark:] LONDON S. W. / 7 / MR 1 / 78
[postmark on verso:] LONDON - E. C. / C A / MR 1 / 78


1.  [1 March 1878]
Dated from postmark.

2.  G. and W. 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], JW's lawyers.

3.  your letter
Probably G. & W. Webb to JW, 28 February 1878, #06153.

4.  document from Board of Works
The Metropolitan Board of Works were slow in giving JW planning permission for his new house, the White House on Tite Street, and withheld the lease until alterations were made to the facade.

5.  Over
Double underlined.