The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00316
Date: 6 November 1901[1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Kelly[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B92
Document Type: ALcS


My dear Mr Kelly -

I regret to find, from Miss Birnie-Philips[3] report, that the ladies[4], in the exigencies of the case, have trespassed upon you beyond your officially announced hours. -

As this affair is likely to continually develope unforseen circumstances, and at any hour of the day, would it not be more expedient that my Ward[5] should ask for Mr Boddington[6], whom she already knows - and who has, before, been my good Counsellor - [p. 2] In this way you would be secure from sudden interruption - and we would have the advantage of your double consideration -

Very faithfully

'signed[7]' J McNeill Whistler

8 Fitzroy Street

Nov. 6. 1901.

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1.  6 November 1901
This was actually sent with JW's letter of the same day, 6 November 1901, #04829.

2.  Kelly
Kelly, lawyer, partner in Boddington and Kelly.

3.  Miss Birnie-Philips
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more]; see also the letter from W. Webb to R. Birnie Philip, 6 November 1901, #06265.

4.  the ladies
Rosalind Birnie-Philip and Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

5.  Ward
Rosalind Birnie-Philip.

6.  Mr Boddington
Oliver Eaton Bodington (1859-after 1936), barrister and author [more].

7.  signed
Written in another hand.