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System Number: 12181
Date: 5 April 1875
Author: John Perry Godfrey[1]
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection
Document Type: MsD[3]

In the Exchequer of Pleas[4]
Offer to settle for Plaintiff

Griffith[5]  } Replication
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Messrs Rose& Thomas

J. Perry Godfrey
6 South Square
Gray's Inn

[p. 2]
In the Exchequer of Pleas

The Fifth day of April in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and seventy five

Griffith  }
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Whistler }

The Plaintiff as to the 1st 2nd 4th and 5th pleas says he will not further prosecute his Action with respect to the causes of Action as to which those pleas are pleaded therefore as to such causes of Action let the Defendant be acquitted and go thereof without day -

And as to the 3rd plea of the Defendant the Plaintiff accepts the sum paid into Court in satisfaction of the cause of Action in respect of which it has been paid in[.]

And as to the 6th plea pleaded as to the said sum of £48.15.0[6] the Plaintiff confesses thesad said plea and prays judgement for his Costs of suit -

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

2.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more], partner in Rose & Thomas.

3.  MsD
'81' written in another hand at top left corner of p. 1 and '87' at top left corner of p. 2.

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

5.  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 (see 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, #11441, #11442, #11444, #11445, #12145, #12148, #12154, #12165).

6.  £48.15.0
The quarterly rent that Griffith claimed JW still owed him (see writ dated 29 January 1875, #12140).