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System Number: 13841
Date: 11 January 1903
Author: Rosalind Birnie Philip[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Charles Lang Freer[2]
Place: [Detroit?]
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Philip
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: TLc

74 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea,

January 11th, 1903.

Dear Mr. Freer:

I write to thank you for the very beautiful Japanese print which reached me on Christmas morning. We all admire it very much and it shall always be much treasured.

Both Mrs. Whibley[3] and I thought of you at the New Year and wished you all good things.

The time passes very quickly and it is difficult to believe that we have been back now for nearly six months. Mr. Whistler is still improving in health[4] but always extreme care has to be taken.

Mr. Canfield[5] arrived unexpectedly one afternoon last week, but the picture[6] has not been worked on yet. He told Mr. Whistler of your beautiful things and seemed full of appreciation.

There has also been a communication to the effect that David Kennedy[7] is likely to be here shortly but I shall be true to my vow and not see the gentleman. I feel even now quite furious when I think of him.

I am here interrupted for "he" says I must go and play dominoes with him.

And so with all best wishes for the New Year and many messages from us all,
Yours very sincerely,

Rosalind Birnie Philip

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1.  Rosalind Birnie Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

2.  Charles Lang Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

3.  Mrs. Whibley
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

4.  health
JW had been very ill in the late summer of 1902.

5.  Mr. Canfield
Richard Albert Canfield (1855-1914), gambler [more].

6.  picture
Portrait of Charles L. Freer (YMSM 550).

7.  David Kennedy
David A. Kennedy, New York dealer, brother of E. G. Kennedy [more].