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Documents associated with: 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877
Record 30 of 119

System Number: 05226
Date: 12 June 1878
Author: James Anderson Rose[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R126a
Document Type: ALS


TO James A M Whistler Esqre

FROM J. ANDERSON ROSE,[2]
11, SALISBURY STREET, STRAND,
LONDON W. C.

12th June 1878

My dear Whistler

Ruskin

The result of the trial[3] may turn on a small matter and I think it would be unwise to let Ruskin's Counsel[4] have a chance of making a grievance by being able to say you had forced on the trial knowing that Ruskin was ill[5] and unable to attend.

I have therefore written to his Solicitors[6] that I am instructed to consent to the postponement of the trial. I send you copy[7] of my letter on the other side And copy of the medical certificate they have sent me

Ever truly Yours

J. Anderson Rose

P. T. O.


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Notes:

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

2.  FROM J. ANDERSON ROSE,
This line is printed in red ink; the rest is in black.

3.  trial
JW brought a libel suit against John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more], in response to Ruskin's criticism in his journal Fors Clavigera. On 2 July 1877, Ruskin accused JW of 'flinging a pot of paint in the public's face' in a review of the I Summer Exhibition of the Grosvenor Gallery, London. See Ruskin, John, 'Letter the Seventy-ninth' Fors Clavigera, 2 July 1877, pp. 181-213.

4.  Ruskin's Counsel
Sir John Holker (1828-1882), Attorney General, counsel for John Ruskin [more].

5.  ill
During the spring and summer of 1878, Ruskin suffered bouts of mental illness.

6.  Solicitors
Robert Loveband Fulford (b. ca 1850), solicitor, of Walker, Martineau and Co. [more].

7.  copy
On the reverse side of this letter are two letter copies in Rose's hand, one (referred to here as 'my letter') of James Anderson Rose to Walker Martineau and Co., 12 June 1878 (transcribed at #05227), and the other (the 'medical certificate') is George Parsons to James Anderson Rose, 8 June 1878 (the original only has been transcribed in this case; see #08967).