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System Number: 05235
Date: 17 December 1878
Author: James Anderson Rose[1]
Place: London
Recipient: John Mackrell & Co.[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R132c
Document Type: MsLc[3]

John Mackrell & Co
21 Cannon St. E. C.

J. Anderson Rose
11 Salisbury Street Strand
London W. C.

17 Decr 1878

Dear Sir,

Whistler ats Nightingale[4]

Mr Howell[5] is I believe a picture dealer and a dealer also in works of art. But I send you the report of a trial of Howell v The Metropolitan District Railway[6] which contains a full account of this gentleman who it appears lives at Chaldon House Fulham. In this Trial the Jury awarded Mr Howell £3650 for his house.

Most certainly your Costs ought to be provided for what do they amount to.

I have no authority to extend the offer of Mr Howell [p. 2] beyond the £450 but your Client will be unwise if he lets the opportunity slip of getting this guarantee for payment.

I am dealing with other Claims & my own £500 waits for every body.

Yours very truly

(sd) J. Anderson Rose

'Anderson Rose[7]'

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

2.  John Mackrell & 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 (see note below).

3.  MsLc
Copy made by Rose and sent to JW upon the same sheet of paper as #05234 and #05236.

4.  Whistler ats Nightingale
This concerned 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 (see his correspondence with E. W. Godwin, #08736, #01748, and G. & W. Webb to JW, #08735).

5.  Mr Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more]. Howell seems to have been proposed as a guarantor for the settlement of JW's debt to Nightingale (see correspondence between Mackrell & Co., Rose and JW, #02809, #12015).

6.  Howell v The Metropolitan District Railway
Report not located, but was possibly featured in The British Architect.

7.  'Anderson Rose'
Written in another hand, probably that of JW.