UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12140
Date: 29 January 1875
Author: John Perry Godfrey[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: Liverpool
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: PD/Ms


[printed form:] THIS WRIT WAS ISSUED BY
JOHN PERRY GODFREY,
OF NO. 6, SOUTH SQUARE, GRAY'S INN,
IN THE COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX,
AGENT FOR
IN THE COUNTY OF
ATTORNEY FOR THE SAID PLAINTIFF
THE PLAINTIFF CLAIMs £68.17.0
WITH INTEREST ON £68.17.0. at £5 PER CENTUM PER ANNUM,
FROM THE 29th DAY OF January
1875 UNTIL PAID
FOR DEBT AND £3.5.0

FOR COSTS, AND IF THE AMOUNT THEREOF BE PAID TO THE PLAINTIFF OR TO His ATTORNEY WITHIN FOUR DAYS FROM THE SERVICE HEREOF, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WILL BE STAYED.

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE PARTICULARS OF THE PLAINTIFF'S CLAIM[2]:

1874
Decr 25th
To Balance of Rent due }
This day of the Flemish }
Gallery[3] of at 48 Pall Mall }
48.15.0
To Repairs Alterations }
and delapidations [sic] }
20.2.0
£68.17.0

N. B. - TAKE NOTICE, THAT IF A DEFENDANT SERVED WITH THIS WRIT WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THE COURT DO NOT APPEAR ACCORDING TO THE EXIGENCY THEREOF, THE PLAINTIFF WILL BE AT LIBERTY TO SIGN FINAL JUDGEMENT FOR ANY SUM NOT EXCEEDING THE SUM ABOVE CLAIMED AND THE SUM OF £4.0.0 OR SUCH SUM AS SHALL BE ALLOWED ON TAXATION, FOR COSTS, AND ISSUE EXECUTION AT THE EXPIRATION OF EIGHT DAYS FROM THE LAST DAY FOR APPEARANCE.

[...]

'71'[4]

[p. 2] VICTORIA, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, QUEEN, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, TO James A. Mac Neill [sic] Whistler OF Speke Hall[5] near Liverpool IN THE COUNTY OF Lancaster

WE COMMAND YOU, THAT WITHIN EIGHT DAYS AFTER THE SERVICE OF THIS WRIT ON YOU, INCLUSIVE OF THE DAY OF SUCH SERVICE, YOU DO CAUSE AN APPEARANCE TO BE ENTERED FOR YOU IN OUR COURT OF EXCHEQUER OF PLEAS AT WESTMINSTER, IN AN ACTION AT THE SUIT OF Edward Clifton Griffith[6]

AND TAKE NOTICE, THAT IN DEFAULT OF YOUR SO DOING, THE SAID Edward Clifton Griffith
MAY PROCEED THEREIN TO JUDGMENT AND EXECUTION. WITNESS, Sir Fitzroy Kelly Knight[7] AT WESTMINSTER, THE twenty ninth DAY OF January IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SIXTY seventy-five.

N. B. - THIS WRIT IS TO BE SERVED WITHIN SIX CALENDAR MONTHS FROM THE DATE HEREOF, OR, IF RENEWED, FROM THE DATE OF SUCH RENEWAL, INCLUDING THE DAY OF SUCH DATE, AND NOT AFTERWARDS.


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Notes:

1.  John Perry Godfrey
John Perry Godfrey (b. 1832), solicitor for E. C. Griffith [more]. E. C. Griffith instructed Godfrey shortly after 23 January 1875 (see E. C. Griffith to JW, #12145).

2.  CLAIM
See the earlier correspondence between JW and E. C. Griffith between 20 and 30 January 1875 concerning the condition of the Flemish Gallery (#11445, #12165, #11442, #11441, #12148, #12145, #11444). The gallery was hung with maroon cloth but JW decided to redecorate the gallery in primrose, pink-grey and brown distemper for his exhibition. Griffith requested that the gallery should be returned to its original decorative state. However, JW admitted liability only for the rehanging of the cloth (#11442). Griffith replied, complaining that he was losing rent in the delay over the redecoration of the gallery and claiming back rent from JW (#12145).

3.  Gallery
The venue for Mr Whistler's Exhibition, Flemish Gallery, Pall Mall, London, 1874. JW took the gallery for a year at an annual rent of £315.

4.  '71'
Written in another hand in top left-hand corner of p. 1.

5.  Speke Hall
JW stayed at the home of Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more], and his family, from January to March 1875.

6.  Edward Clifton Griffith
Capt. Edward Clifton Griffith, gallery landlord [more].

7.  Sir Fitzroy Kelly Knight
Sir Fitzroy Kelly (1796-1880), barrister, MP and Lord Chief Baron [more].