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System Number: 12106
Date: 18 November 1878[1]
Author: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: London
Recipient: John Humffrey Parry[3]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: AD/MsLc


[cover sheet] '3'

In the High Court of Justice
Queen's Bench Division
Mich[aelm]as Sittings 1878

Whistler . . . .
- v -
Ruskin[4] . . . .

Brief to move on behalf of Plaintiff to fix a day for the Trial and to suggest Monday the 25th instant. -

Mr Sergt. Parry[5]

  2 Guas [guineas]
Consultation 2   "
  4 Guas

 

adjourned[6] by consent to Monday the 25th instant - [J. H. P.?]

With [sm?]    } Novr 18. 1878
Mr Petheram[7] }

J. Anderson Rose
11 Salisbury Street
Strand
Plt's Solr [Plaintiff's Solicitor]

(p. 1) Whistler, v. Ruskin
Instructions

The attention of Counsel is particularly called to Mr Rose's letter of 12 April 1878, Walker & Co's[8] letter of 5 June, 1878, Rose to Walker & Co. 12 June 1878, Rose to Walker 24 October 1878, Rose to Walker 14 November, Walker to Rose 14 November, and Walker to Rose 15 November. - -

Copy, Correspondence

From,
J. Anderson Rose
11 Salisbury Street, Strand,
London, W C,

April 12, 1878[9]

My dear Sirs,

Whistler v. Ruskin

I see by the newspapers that Mr. Ruskin has been ill although it would appear that he is now recovering. Under these circumstances I beg leave to suggest that this action should not be in the list for trial for a month from this date. -

If you do not accept this offer please inform me by return. -

Your's truly,

J. Anderson Rose

Messrs Walker, Martineau & Co.
King's Road, Bedford Row,

[line drawn under letter]

13 King's Road, Grays Inn, W C,

5 June 1878[10]

Dear Sir,

Ruskin, ats. Whistler

We have not yet heard for certain but we fear that there will be no chance of Mr Ruskin being well enough to attend to this matter at the ensuing Sittings. -

We write a line to let you know this as it will no doubt be a convenience to you and as soon as we receive positive instructions we will write you again. -

Yours faithfully

Walker, Martineau & Co.

J. Anderson Rose Esqre.

[line drawn under letter]

(p. 2) To, Messrs Walker, Martineau & Co.
King's Road, Bedford Row,

From, J, Anderson Rose
11 Salisbury Street, Strand,
London, W C,

12 June 1878[11]

Dear Sirs,

Whistler, v. Ruskin

Mr Whistler is very sorry to hear of Mr. Ruskin's continued illness. Mr Whistler instructs me to say that he would be very unwilling that the cause should be tried in Mr Ruskin's absence & I am to comply with your request to postpone the trial until such time as Mr Ruskin will be able to attend. -

Your's very truly

J. Anderson Rose

[line drawn under letter]

To, Messrs. Walker, Martineau & Co.
13 King's Road, Grays Inn, W C.

From, J, Anderson Rose
11 Salisbury Street, Strand,
London, W C,

24th Octr 1878[12]

Dear Sirs,

Whistler, v. Ruskin

Referring to our previous correspondance in this action with reference to staying the proceedings in consequence of the then ill health of Mr Ruskin on which ground I consented to the trial standing over I beg leave now to enquire whether Mr Ruskin's health is, as I trust, now restored, so that having regard to the Defendant's state of health, the action may now proceed to trial. -

Your's very truly

J. Anderson Rose

[line drawn under letter]

13 King's Road, Grays Inn, W C,

26 Octr 1878[13]

Dear Sir,

Ruskin, ats. Whistler

We are in receipt of your letter of the 24th instant and will call on you on Monday the 28th at 11 o'Clock, when we hope it will be convenient for us to see you. -

We remain,
Dear Sir,
Your's faithfully

Walker, Martineau & Co.

J. Anderson Rose Esqre.

[line drawn under letter]

(p. 3) 13 King's Road, Grays Inn, W C,

28 Octr 1878[14]

Dear Sir,

Ruskin, ats. Whistler

Referring to our interview this morning we think as well to send you a list of the pictures exhibited by Mr Whistler and which we wish to have an opportunity of inspecting prior to, and to have produced at the trial. -

We will call on you tomorrow at 11. -

We remain, Yours faithfully

Walker, Martineau & Co.

J. Anderson Rose Esqre

Pictures exhibited by Mr Whistler in the Summer Exhibition of the Grosvenor[15] Gallery, 1877. -

1. Nocturne in Black and Gold, -
2. Nocturne in Blue and Silver, -
3. Nocturne in Blue and Gold, -
4. Nocturne in Blue and Silver, -
5. Arrangement in Black, No. 3, - Irving as Philip II of Spain, -
6. Harmony in Amber and Black, -
7. Arrangement in Brown, -

[line drawn under letter]

13 King's Road, Grays Inn, W C,

9 Novr 1878. -[16]

Dear Sir,

Ruskin, ats. Whistler

Referring to the Order for Inspection made in this action we shall be obliged if you will give us an appointment to inspect such of the pictures as are in Mr Whistler's possession or in your own. -

We would suggest that the most convenient course would be that the pictures should be deposited at your office, and that we might see them there rather than that it should be necessary to go to Mr Whistler's Studio. -

We understand from Mr Ruskin's Medical Attendant that it will not be possible for Mr Ruskin to be present at the trial. -

We are, Dear Sir,
Your's faithfully,

Walker, Martineau & Co.

J. Anderson Rose Esqre

[line drawn under letter]

(p. 4) 13 King's Road, Grays Inn, W C,

14 Novr 1878[17]

Dear Sir,

Ruskin, ats. Whistler

Referring to our letter of the 9th instant, we must request that you will give us an appointment by the bearer to inspect the pictures in Mr Whistler's possession and in your own in pursuance of the Order of the 6th instant. -

Please be good enough to make us a Copy of the Answer to Interrogatories as soon as they are prepared. -

Your's faithfully

Walker, Martineau & Co.

J. Anderson Rose Esqre

[line drawn under letter]

From, J. Anderson Rose
11 Salisbury Street, Strand, W C,

14 Novr 1878[18]

Dear Sirs,

Whistler, v. Ruskin

I must request you will furnish me with Mr Ruskin's address as it is necessary to subpoena him as a Witness on behalf of the Plaintiff. -

I have consented to the trial being postponed from time to time at your request on account of the alleged illness of Mr Ruskin, and if now Mr Ruskin cannot attend as a Witness there must be a reasonable adjournment of the trial. -

Your's truly,

J. Anderson Rose

per. L J Mc. C.[19]

Messrs Walker, Martineau & Co.

[line drawn under letter]

13 King's Road, Grays Inn, W C,

14 Novr, 1878[20]

Dear Sir,

Ruskin, ats. Whistler

Mr Ruskin's address is, Brantwood, Coniston, Lancashire, -

Saturday at 2 o'Clock, will suit us to inspect the Pictures at Mr Whistler's Studio. -

We are, Dear Sir,
Yours faithfully

Walker, Martineau & Co.

J. Anderson Rose Esqre

[line drawn under letter]

(p. 5) 13 King's Road, Grays Inn, W C,

15 Novr 1878[21]

Dear Sir,

Ruskin, ats. Whistler

As you are aware we desire to inspect such of Mr Whistler's pictures as you propose to produce to the Jury at the Trial, and we have again to request that you will give us an opportunity of doing so,

Yours faithfully,

Walker, Martineau & Co.

J. Anderson Rose Esqre

[line drawn under letter]

13 King's Road, Grays Inn, W C,

15 Novr 1878[22]

Dear Sir,

Ruskin, ats. Whistler

We find that it will be impossible for Mr Ruskin in his present state of health to be present at the Trial, nor do we think it will be possible for him to attend should the matter be adjourned. -

We think it right to give you notice of this and at the same time to inform you that we cannot consent to an adjournment of the Trial as Mr Ruskin is anxious to have the matter disproved of and he cannot possibly be a material witness on your client's behalf, -

Yours faithfully

Walker, Martineau & Co.

J. Anderson Rose Esqre

[line drawn under letter]


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Notes:

1.  18 November 1878
This document, dated and signed on 18 November 1878, contains copies of letters dating from between 12 April and 14 November 1878, made in preparation for the case of Whistler v. Ruskin. A second copy of these letters is at #12105. The case was heard at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878.

2.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].

3.  John Humffrey Parry
John Humffrey Parry (1816-1880), Sergeant-at-law.

4.  Ruskin
John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more].

5.  Mr Sergt. Parry
The rest of the page is completed in several different hands.

6.  adjourned...J. H. P
Written by J. H. Parry.

7.  Mr Petheram
William Comer Petheram (1835-1922), barrister [more].

8.  Walker and Co
Walker, Martineau and Co. were Ruskin's lawyers.

9.  April 12, 1878
Original version is unlocated.

10.  5 June 1878
For main version, see #12094.

11.  12 June 1878
For main version, see #05227.

12.  24th Octr 1878
For main version, see #05229.

13.  26 Octr 1878
For main version, see #12095.

14.  28 Octr 1878
For main version, see #12096.

15.  Grosvenor
JW exhibited seven oils at the 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877 (cat. nos. 5, 6A, 6, 4, 8, 9 and one ex. cat). These were Nocturne in Blue and Silver (YMSM 113), Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Old Battersea Bridge (YMSM 140) as 'Nocturne in Blue and Silver', Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Westminster Bridge (YMSM 145), Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170), Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181) as 'Harmony in Amber and Black', Arrangement in Brown (YMSM 182), and Arrangement in Black, No. 3: Sir Henry Irving as Philip II of Spain (YMSM 187). Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137), was exhibited in the entrance gallery (ex. cat.). Several were produced as evidence at the Westminster Palace Hotel during the trial (YMSM 113, 137, 140, 170, 182).

16.  9 Novr 1878. -
For main version, see #12097.

17.  14 Novr 1878
For main version, see #12099.

18.  14 Novr 1878
Original version is unlocated.

19.  L J Mc. C.
Lawson James McCreary, clerk to the solicitor, J. A. Rose [more].

20.  14 Novr, 1878
For main version, see #12098.

21.  15 Novr 1878
For main version, see #12100.

22.  15 Novr 1878
For main version, see #12092.