The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12013
Date: 7 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 & Co.[3] 7 Dec / 1878
Whistler ats Nightingale'

James A Rose Esq.
Wandsworth Common.

E. C.

7. Dec. 1878

Dear Sir

Whistler -

We send you a statement[4] showing the amount of our clients claim - We believe, & it is right that we should tell you that, Mr Godwin[5] was not prepared to admit it as it stands but we have no doubt our client can give any explanations which may be desired & we know that he [p. 2] has no wish to press unduly upon Mr Whistler provided that he is satisfied that he will get his money. We do not know whether our client has any claim for interest, as the account of which you now [have copy?] was made out in Aug or Sep - & we send it subject to that question - our client will of course require his costs to be provided for including those of the application to dismiss the petition in Bkpcy [i.e. bankruptcy]

Yours [truly?]

John Mackrell & Co


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1.  John Mackrell and 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 & ... Nightingale'
Note in left-hand margin in the hand of J. A. Rose. This letter concerns 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 #01748 (see his correspondence with E. W. Godwin, #08736, and G. & W. Webb to JW, #08735).

4.  statement
This may have been one of the statements of account dated 24 August 1878 (see #08931) and 29 August (#08843).

5.  Mr Godwin
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more] of the White House.

6.  '272'
Written in upper left-hand corner of page 2, in another hand. This may have part of the numerical sequence assigned by Rose to JW's legal papers in connection with his bankruptcy.