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System Number: 12064
Date: 13 April 1878
Author: James Anderson Rose[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Walker Martineau and Company[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: PD/Ms

[In the High Court of Justice]
[Queen's Bench Division]
[two lines, illegible]



Dft [Defendant] Reply
Mr Warburton[5] [illegible word]
[illegible word or words]

[p. 2] '1877. W. No. 818[6]'

Queens Bench
Whistler [v.] Ruskin

Defendant is [...] my Offices [...] No. 11 Salisbury Street Strand in the County [of Middlesex?]
Mon[DAY] [...] fifteenth [...] April 1878
[...] [ten] [...] twelve [...] fore[NOON] [...] Defendant is [...]

[...] thirteenth [...] April [...] eight

J. Anderson Rose
Solicitor Plaintiff
11 Sailsbury Street Strand

Messrs. Walker Martineau & Co
Solicitors Defendant.

The "Academy[7]" Newspaper 21 July 1877
The "Athenaeum"     " 2[1] July 1877
The "Architect"     " 14 July 1877
The "Architect"     " 2[6] January 1878
The "World"     " 18 July 1877
The "World"     " [29] August 1877
The "Daily News"     " [21] July [1877]
Fors Clavigera[8] Number for July 1877
Plaintiffs Notice to produce in this Action   Served by Clerk to Sheriff
13 April 1878 Solicitor on date


[p. 3] [1877. W. No. 818?]

Queens Bench


[...] Plaintiff

[...] all Books containing entries of names or addresses of Subscribers[10] to "Fors Clavigera" Also Plaintiffs Notice to admit in this Action.

[...] thirteenth [...] April [...] eight [...]

J Anderson Rose
11 Salisbury Street Strand

Messrs Walker Martineau & Co.

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

2.  Walker Martineau and Company
Solicitors for John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more].

3.  101
Written in another hand, in a circle. The legal documents kept by Rose on each case were given the same number.

4.  Ruskin
The case of Whistler v. Ruskin was heard at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878.

5.  Mr Warburton
Warburton, possibly an official of the High Court of Justice.

6.  1877. W. No. 818
The official numbering of the High Court is here, as usual, given at top right. These sheets appear to be 'flimsies', possibly carbon copies or transfers of the manuscript entries on printed forms.

7.  Academy
Newspapers and journals having reports of what Ruskin said about JW in Fors Clavigera. Other versions of this list may be found at #11995 and #11993.

8.  Fors Clavigera
Ruskin, John, 'Letter the Seventy-ninth' Fors Clavigera, 2 July 1877, pp. 181-213.

9.  104
Written in another hand, in a circle. The legal documents kept by Rose on each case were given the same number. Since this sheet bears a different number from that above, it may relate to another aspect of the trial.

10.  Subscribers
In #11999 (George Mallows Freeman to J. A. Rose, 10 April 1878) the option was raised of issuing a subpoena to the distributor of Fors Clavigera to its subscribers, George Allen (1832-1907), publisher and agent for John Ruskin [more].