The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11973
Date: 18 August 1873
Author: Henry Avory[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC K1
Document Type: PD/MS[2]

Sessions House
Old Bailey

18th Augt. 73


In pursuance of the Statute 25th & 26th Vict Cap 107 & 12, I have to inform you that at the Session of the Central Criminal Court held this day a fine of £5 has been imposed upon you for not attending as a Juror[3] in [p. 2] obedience to a Summons in that behalf, and I have to require you within Six days after the date of this letter, to forward to me here, an Affidavit in writing of the cause (if any) of your non-attendance in order that I may submit the same to the Court for its decision as to remitting the fine.

You are particularly desired to take notice that as the Statute above cited requires an Affidavit, no other [p. 3] communication from you by letter, or in person, can receive attention nor can any letter be replied to under any circumstances and if after this Caution you do not send me an Affidavit, the fine will be levied altho you may have written any explanation by letter to me.

Your obedt Servt

Henry Avary

Clerk of the Centl. Crimil. Ct.

Mr J Whistler[4]

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1.  Henry Avory
Henry Avory (ca 1825-d. 1881), Clerk of the Central Criminal Court. This document was kept by James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].

2.  PD/MS
'62' written in an unknown hand at top left of p. 1. 'Mr J Whistler' writen at the foot of p. 1.

3.  Juror
On 14 July 1873 JW was called to jury service by the Central Criminal Court (#12157). J. A. Rose wrote to JW on 23 August (#05223) regarding the affidavit to be sent to H. Avary, explaining that JW was an American citizen (#12155).

4.  Mr J Whistler
This is written at the bottom of p. 1, but is clearly the addressee and not part of the text of the letter.