The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12045
Date: 28 November 1878
Author: Samuel Price[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Theodore Frederick Allingham[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: MsD

1878 F No. 374

In the High C[our]t of Justice
Common Pleas Div[isio]n

Tacchi v Whistler[3]


Affidavit of Pltf [Plaintiff] in support of Summons under order XIV

T. Allingham Eq
55 Old Broad St
E. C.

Saml Price
38 Walbrook E. C.
Pltf Solr

[p. 2] 1878 F No. 374

In the High Ct of Justice
Common Pleas Division

Between George Tacchi ... Plaintiff
James, A McNeil [sic] Whistler   Defendant

I George Tacchi of No. 18 Goswell Road in the County of Middlesex Picture Frame Maker make, oath & say as follows

1  That the Defendant James, A McNiel Whistler is justly & truly indebted to me and in the sum of £26. 4. 4 being the amount endorsed upon the writ in this, action less the sum of £15. 5. 0 paid by Defendants Solicitor in this action to my Solicitor on the 5th September 1878, after the service of this writ upon the said defendant[.] This action being brought for the purpose of recovering the sum of £41. 9. 4 balanced due on a bill of Exchange for £60 dated 26 May 1877 drawn by Messieurs Foord and Dickinson[5] upon & accepted by the said Defendant payable 7 months after date and interest in the said Writ mentioned

2  The Defendant has caused an appearance to be entered for him in this action

[p. 3] 3  I verily believe that the said Defendant has no defence to the action and that such appearance has been entered herein solely for the purpose of causing delay.

Sworn at 24 Bucklersbury in the City of London this 28th day of Novr 1878

Geo Tacchi

Before me

D. I. Hubbard[6]

A Commissioner to administer oaths in the Supreme Court of Judicature

Filed on the part & behalf of the Plaintiff

S Price

38 Walbrook E. C.

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1.  Samuel Price
Samuel Price (b. ca 1830), of Samuel Price and Son, solicitors [more], lawyer for George Tacchi (b. ca 1841), painter and picture frame maker [more].

2.  Theodore Frederick Allingham
Theodore Frederick Allingham (b. 1845), solicitor [more]. Allingham seems to have dealt on JW's behalf with a number of small traders to whom he owed money.

3.  Tacchi v Whistler
Tacchi's case against JW for non-payment of debts was heard on 3 December 1878 (#12041). However, JW was unable to pay the debt and the same sum of £41. 9. 4. appears against Tacchi's name on a list of creditors in JW's bankruptcy papers (#11926).

4.  '243'
This may have part of a numerical sequence assigned by James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more], to JW's legal papers in connection with his bankruptcy.

5.  Foord and Dickinson
Frame-makers at 129 Wardour Street. The firm was used regularly by JW and also appears on JW's list of creditors in his bankruptcy papers (#11926).

6.  D. I. Hubbard
D. I. Hubbard, commissioner to administer oaths in the High Court.