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11 Jany. 77
My dear Miss Whitney
You must not think my delay to accept your generous offer - neglect.
A sprained wrist, which still makes writing painful - talking all the time in other towns & on all topics in this - have prevented
my attending to anything but most pressing tasks.
My heart thrilled at the thought of having your Sumner as companion in my study - my great joy is to look up from work to some loved face, & what rendering if my old friend's look can be
so agreeable as yours? It will be a perpetual delight & most welcome companion.
Many & hearty thanks for your kind thought of me - beside it gives me a chance to show my Ann what I have almost wearied her with praising - now she'll see & join -
To one old play fellow of Sumner's you have given a new pleasure in creating such a living picture of him in one of his best moods.
Sincerely & faithfully
[written in pencil up the left side of the page: Wendell Phillips]
Phillips, Wendell and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Wendell Phillips, to Anne Whitney, 1877 January 11" (1877). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 1062.