System Number: 13282
Date: 16 November 1878
Author: James Anderson Rose
Recipient: William Michael Rossetti, W. G. Wills and Albert Moore
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: PD/Ms
1877. - W. - NO. 818
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE.
Queens Bench DIVISION.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
[stamp:] HER MAJESTY'S HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE / QUEENS BENCH DIVISION / WRITS L. TO Z. DIVISION / 16 NOV 1878
VICTORIA, BY THE GRACE OF GOD OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, QUEEN, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, TO William Michael Rossetti[,] W G Wills and Albert Moore
GREETING: WE COMMAND YOU, AND EVERY OF YOU, THAT ALL THINGS SET ASIDE, AND CEASING EVERY EXCUSE, YOU AND EVERY OF YOU BE AND APPEAR IN YOUR PROPER PERSONS, AT THE SITTINGS OF THE Queens Bench DIVISION OF OUR HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE, HOLDEN IN Middlesex AT Westminster Hall ON
Saturday Monday THE thirteenth twenty fifth second DAY OF April November ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-eight BY TEN OF THE CLOCK IN THE FORENOON OF THE SAME DAY, AND SO FROM DAY TO DAY, DURING THE SAID SITTINGS, UNTIL THE ACTION HEREINAFTER MENTIONED BE TRIED, TO TESTIFY THE TRUTH, ACCORDING TO YOUR KNOWLEDGE, IN A CERTAIN ACTION NOW IN THE SAID DIVISION OF OUR HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE, DEPENDING BETWEEN James Abbott McNeill Whistler PLAINTIFF AND John Ruskin DEFENDANT ON THE PART OF THE Plaintiff
AND AT THE DAY AFORESAID, BETWEEN THE PARTIES AFORESAID, TO BE TRIED; AND THIS YOU NOR ANY OF YOU SHALL IN NO WISE OMIT, UNDER THE PENALTY OF EVERY OF YOU OF ONE HUNDRED POUNDS. WITNESS, HUGH MACCALMONT
BARON Earl CAIRNS, LORD HIGH CHANCELLOR OF GREAT BRITAIN, AT WESTMINSTER, THE thirteenth sixteenth [illegible word, deleted] DAY OF April November IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-eight
[p. 2] THIS WRIT WAS ISSUED BY
James Anderson Rose
11 Salisbury Street Strand
in the County of Middlesex
'Served Copy on W M Rossetti W G Wills & Albert Moore Saturday 23 November 1878
R R W'
2. William Michael Rossetti, W. G. Wills and Albert Moore
The writ includes the names of William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), civil servant and critic [more], William Gorman Wills (1828-1891), playwright and painter [more] and Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893), painter [more]. The summons was served on 23 November 1878, and all appeared as witnesses on JW's behalf at the trial of Whistler v Ruskin (see note below). They were required to prove his established professional standing as an artist. Other summonses similar to this one appear at #11946, #13283, #13735-13738.
Written in another hand in upper right-hand corner of sheet. The numbers may have been assigned by Rose to the legal documents he kept from the Whistler v Ruskin trial.
4. John Ruskin
This is a document relating to JW's libel suit against John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more]. The suit was in response to Ruskin's criticism of JW's works, especially Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170) in his periodical Fors Clavigera. On 2 July 1877 he accused JW of 'flinging a pot of paint in the public's face' in a review of the I Summer Exhibition of the Grosvenor Gallery, London. See Ruskin, John, 'Letter the Seventy-ninth' Fors Clavigera, 2 July 1877, pp. 181-213. The trial took place at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878.