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System Number: 12176
Date: 6 April 1875[1]
Author: John Perry Godfrey[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[3]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC K6
Document Type: MsD[4]


In the Exchequer of Pleas[5]

Griffith[6]  } Bill of Costs
    v       }  
Whistler }

Messrs. Rose & Thomas
11 Salisbury Street
Strand W.C.

Defendants' attorneys or agents -

Take Notice that I shall attend to tax the within Costs at the Masters Office Stone Buildings Chancery Lane tomorrow Wednesday at 12 o clock at noon

Dated this 6th day of April 1875.

J. Perry Godfrey

6, South Square
Gray's Inn
Plaintiff's Attorney

In the Exchequer of Pleas

      Between - Edward Clifton Griffith
                      _______________Plaintiff
                      ______and______
                      James. A. MacNeill Whistler
                      _______________Defendant

  Hilary Term 1875    
Jany. 29th. Letter before Action  .   .   .       3. 6
  Instructions to sue         .   .       6. 8
  Writ of Summons         .   .      12. 6
  Special Endorsement     .   .       5. 0
  Writing Agent with same for      }  
  service     .        .        . }     3. 6
  Paid Agents charges      .   .   1. 2. 7
    £ 2.13.9
      2.13.9
5 -      

 

(fol. 2)

5 -      
  Writing Mr. Rose that I should   2.13.9
  be happy to see him tomorrow in    
    3. 6 reply to his requesting appointment.       3. 6
    6. 8 Febr. 9th. Attending Mr. Rose upon terms.       6. 8
  Attending Plaintiff informing him thereof }  
    6. 8 and conferring thereon. }     6. 8
    6. 8 13th. Attending Plaintiff thereon and advising       6. 8
      Searching appearance and paid.       3.10
      Instructions for and Drawing and }  
   Engraving Declaration .    . } 1. 5. 0
      Fee to Counsel to settle and Clerk. .   1. 3. 6
    3. 4     Attending him therewith   .        .       6. 8
      Notice to plead Copy and Service.       4. 0
  26th. Attending Defendant's summons for }  
  time to plead order 7 days .   .   . }     6. 8
  March 5th. Attending Defendant's summons for }  
  further time to plead order 5 days. }     6. 8
1. 10   £ 7.13.7

 

(fol. 3)

1.11.10       7.13.7
  March 6th. Attending Defendant's Summons    
  for particulars of claim under 1st. count    
  of declarations order made   .     .     .         6. 8
    Writing Plaintiff for particulars }  
    3. 6 required    .        .        .        . }       3. 6
    Attending him taking statement    
  of particulars for the other side pursuant    
    6. 8 to order    .        .        .        .         6. 8
    Drawing and fair copy particulars }  
  and attending delivering same ------- }       5. 0
  10th. Attending Defendant's summons }  
  for further time to plead order 3 days }       6. 8
  17th. Attending summons for further }  
  and better particulars order made ---- }       6. 8
  23rd. Attending Plaintiff receiving }  
    6. 8 further and better particulars -------- }       6. 8
  Preparing same very long and }  
  copy and service ------   ------   ---- }       7. 6
2. 8. 8   £ 10. 2.11

 

(fol. 4)

2.8.8     10. 2.11
  March 19th. Attending summons to plead }  
  several matters order made -------- }       6. 8
  20th. Attending summons for further time }  
  order made   --------     ---------- }       6. 8
  24th. Attending summons for further time }  
  to plead order 3 days ------------ }       6. 8
  31st. Defendant having pleaded writing }  
    3. 6 Plaintiff to call on me ------------ }       3. 6
    6. 0 April 5th. Instructions for Drawing and }  
  Engraving Replication ------------- }     13. 4
        Fee to Counsel to settle -----     1. 3. 6
    3. 4       Attending him ---------------         6. 8
        Drawing and Fair Copy Authority to }  
    3. 8 take money out of Court ---------- }       6. 8
        Attending upon Plaintiff reading    
  over same and obtaining his signature    
  thereto --------------------------         6. 8
    3.4       Attending at Master's Office    
  bespeaking and leaving authority to take    
  money out of Court -----------------         6.8
    £ 14. 9.11

 

(fol. 5)

3.15.10     14. 9.11
  March    
    6. 8 April 6th. Attending taking same out and }  
  giving receipt ------------------ }       6. 8
  Drawing Bill of Costs and Copy for }       4.00
  the Master for 8 -------------- }      5. 4 4
  Copy for the other side ------ --        2. 8 2.-
    6. 8 Attending for appointment to tax         6. 8
  Notice Copy and service -------         4. 0
    6. 8 Attending Taxing ---------------       13. 4
  Paid . . .         3.
  Term fee -----------------------         3.    
4 15.10      
      17. 2. 7
                     Taxed off ---    4. 15.10    
      12. 6. 9
  Less Deft's Costs ---------------     6.11.8
    £   5.15.1

 


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Notes:

1.  6 April 1875
Dated from final date on document.

2.  John Perry Godfrey
John Perry Godfrey (b. 1832), solicitor for E. C. Griffith [more].

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

4.  MsD
'88' is written in another hand at the top left corner of the cover sheet and on fol. 1, 3 and 5. This was probably added when Rose or his clerk collated the legal documents relating to the case/

5.  Exchequer of Pleas
The Exchequer of Pleas Division of the High Court.

6.  Griffith
This refers to JW's dispute with Capt. Edward Clifton Griffith, gallery landlord [more], over the Flemish Gallery which JW had leased from Griffith for a year in January 1874 in order to show his works (Mr Whistler's Exhibition, Flemish Gallery, Pall Mall, London, 1874). The dispute centred on JW's decision to redecorate the interior of the gallery, removing the original maroon cloth on the walls and replacing it with his own scheme of primrose, pink-grey and brown distemper. Griffith maintained that JW was liable for the reinstatement of the entire original decorative scheme (E. C. Griffith to JW, #12154). However, JW would only accept liability for the rehanging of the maroon cloth (#11442). On 29 January 1875, whilst JW was in Liverpool, Griffith took legal proceedings against him, claiming back rent and costs of repair to the gallery (E. C. Griffith to JW, #12140). See also other correspondence between JW and E. C. Griffith between 20 and 30 January 1875 (#01603, #11442, #11444, #11445, #12145, #12148, #12154, #12165).