Philip was a lawyer and U.S. attorney whose letters to his children comprise reminiscences of his interesting early years (1897-1903) as a cowboy in the area west of Fort Pierre, South Dakota.
The letters are anything but casual. Each one is virtually a mini-essay designed to extol the realities of cowboy life to his children. Philip was an educated and intellectually curious individual with the gift of almost total recall. He was also a natural born yarn spinner. —Richard H. Dillon