The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12173
Date: 18 February 1875
Author: John Perry Godfrey[1]
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC K6
Document Type: MsD[3]

In the Exchequer of Pleas[4]
Griffith[5] }
    v    } Declaration

'18 April'[6]
Messrs Rose & Thomas
11, Salisbury Street
Strand W.C.

Defendants attorneys or agents -

The defendant is required to plead hereto in Eight days otherwise judgments

Dated this 18th day of February 1875

Yours & c

J. Perry Godfrey

6 South Square
Grays Inn
Plaintiffs attorney

(fol. 3) In the Exchequer of Pleas

The eighteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five

Middlesex (to Wit)

Edward Clifton Griffith, by John Perry Godfrey his Attorney sues James A MacNeill Whistler

For that the defendant became and was Tenant of the plaintiff of a Gallery on the terms that the defendant should keep the interior of the said Gallery together with the Wall and all fixtures in good order and condition and have the same in as good condition as they were in when he became such Tenant reasonable use and wear and casualties happening by fire only excepted[.] Yet the defendant did not keep the interior of the said gallery together with the walls and fixtures in good order or condition nor did he leave the same (although the said tenancy was ended) in as good condition as they were in when he became such Tenant reasonable use and were [sic] and casualties happening by fire excepted and at the end of the said tenancy left the interior of the said Gallery walls and fixtures in much worse condition than they were (fol. 4) in when he become such tenant such bad condition being caused otherwise than by reasonable use or wear or casualty by fire (to wit) by the misuse and alterations of the interior of the said Gallery and Walls and fixtures by the defendant whereby the plaintiff necessarily incurred expense in restoring the said interior of the said Gallery walls and fixtures to the conditions in which the defendant ought to have left the same

2[.] And for money payable for the defendants use by the plaintiffs permission of a Gallery of the plaintiff And for money found to be due from the defendant to the plaintiff upon accounts stated between them

And the plaintiff claims One Hundred Pounds[7] -

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1.  John Perry Godfrey
John Perry Godfrey (b. 1832), solicitor for E. C. Griffith [more].

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

3.  MsD
'76' is written in another hand at top left of p. 1.

4.  In the Exchequer of Pleas
The Exchequer of Pleas Division of the High Court. This is underlined twice in blue crayon.

5.  Griffith
This refers to JW's dispute with Capt. Edward Clifton Griffith, gallery landlord [more], over the Flemish Gallery which JW had leased from Griffith for a year in January 1874 in order to show his works (Mr Whistler's Exhibition, Flemish Gallery, Pall Mall, London, 1874). The dispute centred on JW's decision to redecorate the interior of the gallery; Griffith maintained that JW was liable for the reinstatement of the entire original decorative scheme (E. C. Griffith to JW, #12154). However, JW would only accept liability for the rehanging of the maroon cloth (#11442). On 29 January 1875 Griffith took legal proceedings against him, claiming back rent and costs of repair to the gallery (E. C. Griffith to JW, #12140). See also other correspondence between JW and E. C. Griffith between 20 and 30 January 1875 (#01603, #11441, #11442, #11444, #11445, #12145, #12148, #12154, #12165).

6.  '18 April'
Written in another hand.

7.  One Hundred Pounds
The text stops abruptly at this point, and may be incomplete.