The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12011
Date: 11 December 1878
Author: John Mackrell & Co.[1]
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS

'Mackrell[3] & Co 11 Decr / 78'

J. Anderson Rose Esq

E. C.

11. Dec. 1878


Dear Sir,

Whistler -

Our client[5] is preparing [one illegible line] definitely done in this matter[6], & we shall be glad to hear from you with any proposal your client has to make.

Yours tly

John Mackrell & Co

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1.  John Mackrell & Co
John Mackrell (1824-1909), solicitor, of Mackrell & Co. [more], solicitor for Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale (b. 1838), builder [more] of JW's new studio house, the White House.

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

3.  'Mackrell ... / 78'
Written at right-angles in left-hand margin in the hand of J. A. Rose.

4.  '259'
Written on right side of sheet in another hand. This may have part of the numerical sequence assigned by Rose to JW's legal papers in connection with his bankruptcy.

5.  client
That is, B. E. Nightingale.

6.  matter
The matter concerned JW's dispute with Nightingale over the construction cost of the White House which far exceeded the original estimate. Obliged by the London Metropolitan Board of Works to make additions to the design of the house, JW was indignant at the size of the final bill. The dispute contributed to the growing crisis in JW's finances (see his correspondence with E. W. Godwin, #08736, #01748, and G. & W. Webb to JW, #08735). On receipt of this letter, Rose wrote to JW to tell him that Nightingale was pressing for settlement (#02809).