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System Number: 12103
Date: 5 November 1878
Author: Robert Loveband Fulford[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: MsDc

1877. W. No. 818
In the High Court of Justice
Queens Bench Division

5th day of November 1878

Whistler v Ruskin[3]

Office Copy

Affidavit in support of Summons for leave to deliver Interrogatories to the Plaintiff.

Fos 4.

Walker Martineau & Co[mpan]y.

[p. 2] 1877. W. No. 818
In the High Court of Justice
Queen's Bench Division

Between James Abbott McNeill Whistler . . Plaintiff
John Ruskin . . Defendant

I Robert Loveband Fulford of No. 13 King's Road Gray's Inn in the County of Middlesex a Member of the firm of Walker Martineau and Company the Solicitors for the Defendant in the above action make oath and say.

1.  The Writ of Summons in this Action was issued on the 28th day of July 1877 and the pleadings were closed on the 11th day of December 1877.

2.  The Defendant has recently been suffering from very severe illness and it has been necessary on two occasions in consequence of such illness to postpone the trial of this Action - on the first occasion until the Trinity Sittings 1878 and subsequently until the present Michaelmas Sittings.

3.  Owing to the Defendants illness my firm were unable to obtain sufficient instructions to proceed with the defence of such action neither was it until recently that the Defendant sufficiently recovered to give instructions for the defence of this action such instructions were forthwith laid before Counsel and thereupon he advised that the present application for leave to administer Interrogatories should be made.

'Sworn[4] at No. 24 John Street Bedford Row in the County of Middlesex this fifth day of November 1878 Before me'

John William Proudfoot[5]

'a Commissioner to administer oaths in the supreme Court of Judicature.'

Robt Fulford

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1.  Robert Loveband Fulford
Robert Loveband Fulford (b. ca 1850), solicitor, of Walker, Martineau and Co. [more]. A related document signed by Fulford on the same date is #11960.

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

3.  Ruskin
John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more]. The case of Whistler v. Ruskin was heard at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878.

4.  Sworn ... Judicature
Written in another hand, to left of Fulford's signature.

5.  John William Proudfoot
John William Proudfoot (b. 1852), barrister, Commissioner to administer oaths [more].