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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11916
Date: 22 November 1878
Author: James Anderson Rose[1]
Place: London
Recipient: [none][2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: PD/Ms/d


1877. - W. - NO. 818

IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE.
Queen's Bench DIVISION.

BETWEEN
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
PLAINTIFF
AND
John Ruskin[3]
DEFENDANT

VICTORIA, BY THE GRACE OF GOD OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, QUEEN, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, TO

GREETING: WE COMMAND YOU, AND EVERY OF YOU, THAT ALL THINGS SET ASIDE, AND CEASING EVERY EXCUSE, YOU AND EVERY OF YOU BE AND APPEAR IN YOUR PROPER PERSONS, AT THE SITTINGS OF THE Queens Bench DIVISION OF OUR HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE, HOLDEN IN Middlesex AT Westminster Hall ON Monday THE twenty fifth DAY OF November ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-eight BY TEN OF THE CLOCK IN THE FORENOON OF THE SAME DAY, AND SO FROM DAY TO DAY, DURING THE SAID SITTINGS, UNTIL THE ACTION HEREINAFTER MENTIONED BE TRIED, TO TESTIFY THE TRUTH, ACCORDING TO YOUR KNOWLEDGE, IN A CERTAIN ACTION NOW IN THE SAID DIVISION OF OUR HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE, DEPENDING BETWEEN
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
PLAINTIFF AND
John Ruskin
DEFENDANT ON THE PART OF THE Plaintiff
AND AT THE DAY AFORESAID, BETWEEN THE PARTIES AFORESAID, TO BE TRIED; AND THIS YOU NOR ANY OF YOU SHALL IN NO WISE OMIT, UNDER THE PENALTY OF EVERY OF YOU OF ONE HUNDRED POUNDS. WITNESS, HUGH MACCALMONT[4] EARL CAIRNS, LORD HIGH CHANCELLOR OF GREAT BRITAIN, AT WESTMINSTER, THE 22nd DAY OF November IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-eight

[p. 2] THIS WRIT WAS ISSUED BY
James Anderson Rose
Plaintiffs Solicitor
11 Salisbury Street Strand
in the County of Middlesex

[p. 3] 1877. - W. - NO. 818

'6[5]'

IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE.
Queen's Bench DIVISION.

BETWEEN
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
PLAINTIFF
AND
John Ruskin.
DEFENDANT

VICTORIA, BY THE GRACE OF GOD OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, QUEEN, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, TO

GREETING: WE COMMAND YOU, AND EVERY OF YOU, THAT ALL THINGS SET ASIDE, AND CEASING EVERY EXCUSE, YOU AND EVERY OF YOU BE AND APPEAR IN YOUR PROPER PERSONS, AT THE SITTINGS OF THE Queens Bench DIVISION OF OUR HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE, HOLDEN IN Middlesex AT Westminster Hall ON Monday THE twenty fifth DAY OF November ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-eight BY TEN OF THE CLOCK IN THE FORENOON OF THE SAME DAY, AND SO FROM DAY TO DAY, DURING THE SAID SITTINGS, UNTIL THE ACTION HEREINAFTER MENTIONED BE TRIED, TO TESTIFY THE TRUTH, ACCORDING TO YOUR KNOWLEDGE, IN A CERTAIN ACTION NOW IN THE SAID DIVISION OF OUR HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE, DEPENDING BETWEEN
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
PLAINTIFF AND
John Ruskin
DEFENDANT ON THE PART OF THE Plaintiff
AND AT THE DAY AFORESAID, BETWEEN THE PARTIES AFORESAID, TO BE TRIED; AND THIS YOU NOR ANY OF YOU SHALL IN NO WISE OMIT, UNDER THE PENALTY OF EVERY OF YOU OF ONE HUNDRED POUNDS. WITNESS, HUGH MACCALMONT BARON Earl CAIRNS, LORD HIGH CHANCELLOR OF GREAT BRITAIN, AT WESTMINSTER, THE 22nd DAY OF November IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-eight

[p. 4] THIS WRIT WAS ISSUED BY
James Anderson Rose
Plaintiffs Solicitor
11 Salisbury Street Strand
in the County of Middlesex


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Notes:

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

2.  [none]
These are draft summonses, and as such the names of the possible recipients have been left out. Summonses related to this one may be found at #13282 and #13283.

3.  John Ruskin
This is a document relating to JW's libel suit against John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more]. The suit was in response to Ruskin's criticism of JW's works, especially Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170), in his periodical Fors Clavigera. On 2 July 1877, he 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. The trial took place at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878.

4.  HUGH MACCALMONT
The Right Honourable Hugh MacCalmont (1819-1885), Baron Cairns, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain [more].

5.  '6'
Written in another hand in upper right-hand corner of sheet. This may be one of a sequence of numbers assigned by Rose to the legal documents he kept from the Whistler v Ruskin trial.