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1882 59 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 EDWIN LAWRENCE GODKIN 1 January 1882 ALS Houghton bMS Am 1083 (387) Westminster Hotel Jan 1st 1882. My dear Godkin. I can’t leave New York, as I am sorry to say I do tomorrow before you arrive, without leaving behind me a word of greeting & gratitude—to say nothing of regret. It is a stern engagement to pay a visit—at Butler Place—which makes me apparently evade you by a few hours, & which also starts me so well on the road to Washington that I have determined to go the rest of the way without more delay, & seek my fortune at the National Capital. I will write to you from there, as soon as I see what my impressions & circumstances are. These latter are already partly constituted; through Henry Adams having taken rooms for me at 720 15th st.; where I shall be delighted to hear from you. { (I remain only two days at Butler Place.) I came back here on Thursday a.m., & could not, in spite of your noble assurances, reconcile myself to using your house as a mere convenience, leaving it as you were about to arrive: "though, in consequence, I was "have been!"# terribly homesick for it!!"# Cambridge was brilliant as usual, & it must be admitted that— au fond—there is no place like it. I spent a genial Xmas there, & I hope your own has been of the same quality. I saw a good deal "(for the time)!"# of Grace Norton, & something too of Charles. They are terribly distinct (from each other,) & I think he barely recognizes her existence—though I did see him speak to her at a certain charades given by the little Childs. It is an immense pity you were not back in time to go with me to dine at Whitelaw Reid’s last night—a gorgeous flowery banquet, of which I was apparently the pretext & hero. It was 1⁄2 Californian, 60 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 1⁄2 Tribunitian, & altogether curious & queer. You shall have details when we meet. This is the only thing, to speak of, that I have done—being here “incognito.” I trust Cincinnata has been kind to you, & that Lawrence has sipped its sweets. My blessing to him & my best wishes for the coming year to both of you. I shall write you again, promptly, from Washington, & meanwhile am very faithfully yours H. James jr No previous publication < 59.20 . { ( • [( overwrites . ; first . inserted] 59.31 a certain • [ce overwrites a] < 59.12 Butler Place • The Wisters resided at Butler Place, the ButlerKemble family home, in Philadelphia, near to where West Grange Avenue , between 16th and 17th Streets and north of West Olney Avenue and Kemble Park, is today. 59.26 au fond • fundamentally. 59.29 They are terribly distinct (from each other,) • Grace Norton moved out of Shady Hill, the family home, to a home of her own nearby. HJ supported Grace Norton’s decision to establish her own home (see HJ to Grace Norton, 18 August [1881], CLHJ, 1880–1883 1: 251). 59.31 the little Childs • Francis James Child (1825–96) and Elizabeth Ellery Sedgwick (1824–1909) had four children: Helen Maria Child (1863– 1903), Susan Ridley Sedgwick Child (1866–1946), Henrietta Ellery Child (b. 1867), and Francis Sedgwick Child (1868–1935). 59.33 Whitelaw Reid’s last night • See HJ to Whitelaw Reid, 29 December [1881], p. 54. 61 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 THOMAS SERGEANT PERRY 7 January [1882] Mf Duke University, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Thomas Sergeant Perry Papers 723 Fifteenth St. Washington. DC. ———— Jan. 7th Dear Tom. The enclosed may entertain you—as I suppose you know who the excellent Ralston, most virtuous of his sex, is. You needn’t return it. This is almost all I have time to say. I have been but a couple of days here, & have seen but little; I have settled myself however for several weeks, & expect to like it. For impressions, vide future works. I will try however to give you a few pour vous seul.—Have you seen the thing in the Nouvelle Revue that the prudish Ralston alludes to?—on his strictures in the Athenaeum? I don’t venture to ask you about the C. C. Chair, lest you have had a mècompte. Has the question been settled yet? I was in Quincy St. for three days at Xmas, but didn’t put my nose into Boston. I was travelling incognito, under the title of Harry Heliotrope, & hurried away as soon as I had embraced my family, including Wilky, a goodly armful, whom I had not seen for 12 years! How are your lectures coming on?—& will they prevent me "you!"# from sending me three lines? Tanti saluti to your wife—Ever your ancient—H. James jr P.S. I have written to the Century people, urging them about the next (Turgénieff) novel.— Ralston’s “stories” are indeed a contrast to Smoke, &c. But fancy “remonstrating!” 62 The Complete Letters of Henry James No previous publication < 61.19 Athenaeum • [m malformed] 61.20 mècompte • [misspelled] 61.28 P.S. • [inserted] < 61.12 the excellent Ralston • William Ralston Shedden-Ralston (1828– 89) was an English scholar of Russian literature and language. A friend of Turgenev, he translated a number of the Russian’s novels. 61.16–17 pour vous seul • for only you. 61.18–19 strictures in the Athenaeum • See HJ to William Ralston, 7 January [1882], pp. 63–64. 61.19 C. C. Chair • After his dismissal from Harvard in 1881, Perry continued at the college as a lecturer of English literature; he may have considered taking on another teaching position, however, and this abbreviation may refer to one such offer from Columbia College. Perry later referred to the institution in a letter to his wife from early March 1882, saying that he was “glad to be out of the whole business” (Harlow 95). 61.20 mècompte • disillusionment. 61.26–27 Tanti saluti • Best regards. 61.29 next (Turgénieff) novel • Perhaps Clara Milich. See HJ to William Ralston, 7 January [1882], pp. 63–64. 61.30 Ralston’s “stories” • Ralston recited stories to relatively large audiences in theaters and other performance venues. 61.30 Smoke • The first English translation of Turgenev’s novel Dym was translated anonymously from the French Fumée and published by Richard Bentley under the title Smoke: Or, Life at Baden in 1868 (Baer and Olshanskaya 43–45). 63 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 WILLIAM RALSTON 7 January 1882 ALS The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations Washington. Jan. 7th 1882. ———— My dear Ralston. I have just received your letter of Dec. 20th, & thank you very cordially for your account of the dinner to Turgenieff, which rekindles all my regret—so keen at the time—at not having been among the happy guests. It is a charming list of choice spirits. I shall not attempt this morning to write you at any length, as I have but just arrived in this remarkable city— our national capital—and have a great many engagements & duties (connected with settling myself here for two or three months, &c) awaiting me. I only wish to give you a greeting, & to express my interest in the idea (of which I hear for the first time) of Turgenieff’s giving his next novel to the Century. I don’t know what I can do to forward it; but I shall instantly write to the Editor to urge him not to lose so valuable a possession. I hope the work is not definitely pledged to the Cornhill—as the Century, of course, with its foreign "English!"# circulation, would desire exclusive property in the translation—which I trust you will make. Give my love to the admirable author, to whom I hope to write while I am in these latitudes. I envy you greatly the prospect of being with him in Russia; for delightful as he is in Paris & London, it is on his native heath that one should properly see him. I am enjoying my own native heath extremely; it is not so much a different country from Europe as a different world altogether. Perhaps this is why I am, after all, extremely homesick for well-beloved London. What a prince of storytellers you have been, & how you must have ministered to the 64 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 gaiety, if not of nations, at least of counties—as well as to the funds of asylums & hospitals! I haven’t seen the strictures in the Athenaeum "(on Turgenieff’s last tale,)!"# to which you allude, but shall look for them—though I confess there is nothing in the world that I myself should feel inclined to remonstrate with Turgenieff about. I hope your health is good, & I wish you a happy New Year. I return about May, & anything sent to 3 Bolton St. will always be forwarded. Ever faithfully yours H. James jr No previous publication < 63.33–34 story- | tellers • story-tellers 64.8–10 faithfully yours H. James jr • [written across the letter’s last page] < 63.11 dinner to Turgenieff • Ralston organized a dinner for Turgenev in October 1881 during what would be the author’s last visit to England. Anthony Trollope, R. D. Blackmore, James Payn, and other English novelists were also present. Ralston seems to have proposed a grander banquet in honor of Turgenev to be held sometime in November, but Turgenev must have declined the offer (Magarshack 302–3). 63.20 Turgenieff’s giving his next novel to the Century • Neither of Turgenev’s last two pieces were published in the Century. They appeared in Вестник Европы, the European Messenger: “Poems in Prose” was released in the November–December 1882 issue, and the novella Clara Milich appeared in January–February 1883. 63.22 the Editor • Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909) served as editor in chief of the Century Magazine from 1881 until his death. 64.2–3 strictures in the Athenaeum "(on Turgenieff’s last tale,)!"# • Shortly before Ralston’s 20 December 1881 letter, to which this one responds, the Athenæum overviewed Turgenieff’s recent visit to England and summarized with a certain amount of sarcasm his forthcoming novel, said to explore “the disturbing—one may say, the explosive—elements 65 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 which are producing so great an effect on Russian thought and action” (Literary Gossip [22 Oct. 1881] 529). SIR JOHN FORBES CLARK 8 January [1882] ALS University of Virginia Library Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Special Collections, Papers of Henry James, MSS 6251-a, box 1, folder 36 METROPOLITAN CLUB WASHINGTON,D.C. My dear Sir John. This is the fag-end of a rather busy morning, but I shall not let it pass without sending you a greeting. I meant to do so on New Year’s day, but one isn’t an American in America for nothing. It isn’t the land of leisure, my dear Sir John, though it is doubtless to a certain extent that of pleasure. In the good old world one’s mornings are sacred—& that is my letter-writing time. But here, as you know, y !"#know, we!"# have abolished a good many of the sanctities, & the busy world marks you for its own before you have left the matutinal couch. It is not too late, however, to wish you a happy New Year, & a long continuity of the same. { (By you, whenever I say anything pleasant, I always mean her ladyship as well.) I want to give you a few de mes nouvelles, & to ask for as many as possible of your own. If, however, I should undertake to relate you my adventures & impressions in full, I should scarcely know where to begin. My adventures indeed have chiefly been impressions, for I have not been travelling extensively—I have only been seeing people and things in Boston & New York. I have spent a month in either place, & shall probably pass the rest of the winter here, which is probably the most entertaining (on the whole,) of the three. I find here our good little friends the Adamses, whose "extremely!"# agreeable house may be said to be one 66 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 of the features of Washington. They receive a great deal & in their native air they bloom, expand, emit a genial fragrance. They don’t pretend to conceal (as why should they?) their preference of America to Europe, & they rather rub it into me, as they think it a wholesome discipline for my demoralized spirit. One excellent reason for their liking Washington better than London is that they are, vulgarly speaking, “some one” here, & that they are nothing in your complicated Kingdom. They have the friendliest recollection of you & Lady Clark, & you were the first people "Europeans!"# they asked me about when I arrived. I am spending my time very pleasantly; seeing a great many people & finding every one most genial & friendly. I too am “some-one” here, & it will be at a terrible sacrifice of vanity that I return to England & walk in to dinner after every one, alone, instead of marching with the hostess or the prettiest woman present! But I love my London better than my vanity{, & expect to turn up there about the month of May. I should like to put America into a nutshell for you; for "but!"# like Carlyle’s Mirabeau, it has “swallowed all formulas.” Things go very fast here, & the change that has taken place in the last ten years is almost incredible. The increase of civilization, an of wealth, luxury, knowledge, taste, of all the arts & luxuries !"#usages!"# of life, is extremely striking, & all this means the increase of the agreeable. I won’t answer for what the country may "have!"# become in this way a hundred years hence. New York to-day is a very brilliant city—but it takes a great fortune to enjoy it, & nothing under a million (sterling) is called a great fortune there to-day. "now.!"# On the other hand I believe that Washington is the place in the world where a great "money—!"# or the absence of it, matters least. It is very queer & yet extremely pleasant; informal, familiar, heterogeneous, good-natured, essentially social & conversational, enormously big & yet extremely provincial, indefinably ridiculous & yet eminently agreeable. It is the only place in America where there is no business, where 67 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 an air of leisure hangs over the enormous streets, where every one walks slowly & doesn’t look keen & preoccupied. The sky is blue, the sun is warm, the women are charming, the "and!"# at dinners the talk is always general. Having been here but for a few ye !"#days!"# I haven’t yet seen your British Minister, Sackville West; but he appears to be much liked, & he has a most attractive little ingénue of a daughter, the bâtarde of a Spanish ballerina, brought up in a Paris convent, & presented to the world for the first time here.—But while I sit scribbling here, where are you, my dear Laird;? for I have not forgotten your dread scheme of sailing to the Cape. Are you rubbing shoulders with Caffirs or tossing upon the Southern ocean? I wont take space in conjectures; but shall send this to Tillypronie to be forwarded. I shall write my name on the outside, so that if it falls into Lady Clark’s hands she may perhaps have the gracious impulse to open it {"& see in it a sign of my attachment.!"# I trust, however, that she is not at Tillypronie, but at the more genial Bournemouth, where I remember it was a part of your plan that she should winter. Wherever either of you are I hope you are decently well & vraisemblablement happy. I am deadly homesick for the chimney-pots of London, & shall behold them again, I devoutly trust{, I shall !"#about!"# the middle of May; for after all, my sojourn here is an exile mitigated by optimism! Tell me about the Boers & the Kaffirs, & tell me too that poor Arthur Coltman, to whom I send my friendly remembrance, is the better for his rough remedy. I hope you are not the worse for it. 3 Bolton St. will always reach me—or my father’s— Cambridge, Mass., United States. But address rather Bolton St, as the British mind has an indefeasible tendency to misdirect over here. It is the only fault I see in it! Ever very affectionately yours H. James jr 68 The Complete Letters of Henry James Previous publication: HJL 2: 366–68; SL 2: 176–78 < 65.23 . { ( • [( overwrites . ; first . inserted] 65.27 impressions • impres- | sions 66.7 some one • some | one 66.12 every one • every | one 66.16 {, • [, overwrites .] 66.21 almost • [m malformed] 66.21 an of • [of overwrites an] 66.32 enormously • [m malformed] 67.10 ;? • [? overwrites ;] 67.16 {" • [" overwrites .] 67.21 chimney-pots • chimney | -pots 67.22 {, • [, overwrites .] 67.28–31 Bolton St, [. . .] James jr • [written across the letter’s first page] < 65.24–25 de mes nouvelles • news items about myself. 65.34 "extremely!"# agreeable house • The Adamses owned a large home at 1607 H Street in Washington, D.C. 66.9 Lady Clark • Charlotte Coltman (1823–97), the daughter of the Honorable Sir T. J. Coltman, married Sir John Forbes Clark in 1851. 66.18–19 Carlyle’s Mirabeau • Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau, was a prominent figure early in the French Revolution. Thomas Carlyle describes Mirabeau as a “man who had swallowed all formulas; who, in these strange times and circumstances, felt called to live Titanically , and also to die so” (85). 67.5–6 British Minister, Sackville West • Lionel Sackville-West, 2nd Baron Sackville (1827–1908), served as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the United States from 1881 to 1888. 67.7 daughter • Victoria Sackville-West (1861–1936) was one of Lord Sackville’s several illegitimate children by the Spanish dancer Josefa de la Oliva. 67.20 vraisemblablement • plausibly. 67.25 Arthur Coltman • This is likely the son of Bertha and William 69 1882 10 15 20 25 30 Bacheler Coltman (1829–1902), with whom HJ mentions dining in several letters; see HJ to William Dean Howells, 30 March [1877], and HJ to Sr. and AJ, 20, 22 May [1877] (CLHJ, 1876–1878 1: 90, 92n90.3, 123–24), and HJ to Sr., 25 March [1878] (CLHJ, 1876–1878 2: 70, 74n70.23–24). WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS 9 January 1882 ALS Houghton bMS Am 1784 (253)-39 METROPOLITAN CLUB WASHINGTON,D.C. (723 Fifteenth St.) Jan. 9th 1882. ———— My dear Howells. Only a word of greeting & to hope you continue to ameliorate. If you can breeze "could!"# breathe this bright & balmy air (which I confess appears to-day for the 1st time,) I think that your physics & your morals would equally revive. Perhaps however you have something like it; & in any case, I trust, your ge health is restored & your genius rekindled. I should be glad to think too that you are by this time domiciled in Boston—& no longer looking out on those deflowered gardens which encircle that melancholy monument. I spent, after leaving you, a few rather eventless days in New York, & two or three [more,] of a perhaps richer comp[lexion,]—enriched, at dinner, &c, by the "presence of the!"# Philadelphian fair—at Butler Place with Miss Wister, who told me that she shed salt tears when she heard of your leaving the Atlantic, though she does think you are too hard on the upper classes, & too har "soft!"# on the lower. What shall I tell you about Washington?—you know more about it, I think, than I. It is quite too awfully queer— & is what is called by the London vulgar rather rum-looking. 70 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 But it seems to me to promise well for the genial psychologist— there are plenty of people to see, & every one is most good natured & conversible. I will let you know◇ "know!"# my further impressions at a later period. If you can scribble at all, do let me hear of it. Remember that it is never too late to mend, & recall me to your [wife] & children. Ever yours H. James jr Previous publication: Anesko 220–21 < 69.22 ge health • [he overwrites ge] 69.27 [more] • [MS torn; reading taken from a corrected transcription prepared for The Letters of Henry James (ed. Lubbock). The transcriber probably saw the undamaged MS.] 69.27 comp[lexion,] • [MS torn; reading taken from a corrected transcription prepared for The Letters of Henry James (ed. Lubbock). The transcriber probably saw the undamaged MS.] 70.6 [wife] • [MS torn; reading taken from a corrected transcription prepared for The Letters of Henry James (ed. Lubbock). The transcriber probably saw the undamaged MS.] < 69.25 melancholy monument • For better access to his physician, Howells had been boarding at a house in Cambridge overlooking the Cambridge Common and its centerpiece, a Civil War memorial erected in 1870. 69.30 your leaving the Atlantic • Howells served as the Atlantic Monthly’s assistant editor from 1866 to 1871 and as its editor in chief from 1871 until his illness in 1881. 71 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 HENRIETTA REUBELL 9 January 1882 ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (1046) METROPOLITAN CLUB WASHINGTON,D.C. Jan. 9th 1882. My dear Miss Reubell. I have never yet thanked you for the amiable note in which you gav "kindly!"# invited me to write to you from the Americas; & the best way I can do so now is to simply respond to your invitation. I am in the Americas indeed, & behold, I write. These countries are extremely pleasant, & I recommend you to come & see them au plus tôt. You "would!"# have h a great career here, & would return—if you should return at all, with a multitude of scalps at your slim girdle. There is a great demand for brilliant women, & I can promise you that you would be intimately appreciated. I shall return about the first of May (from present appearances)—but without any blond scalps, though with a great many happy impressions. Though I should perhaps not linger upon the point myself, I believe I have had a certain success. As for the country ◇ !"#ces gens-ci!"# they have had great success with me{, & have been delightfully genial & hospitable. It is here that people treat you well; venez-y-voir. You have had a great many things, I know; but you have not had a winter in the Americas. The people are extremely nice and humane. I didn’t care for it much at first—but it improves immensely on acquaintance, & after you have got the right point of view & the diapason! It is a wonderfully entertaining & amusing country. The skies are as blue as the blotting paper (as yet unspotted) w on which this scrawl reposes & the sunshine, which is deliciously warm, has always an air de fête. I have seen multitudes of people, & no one has been disagreeable. That is different from your pretentious Old World. Of Washington I can speak as yet 72 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 but little, having come but four days ago; but it is likely "like!"# nothing else, in the old world or the new. Enormous spaces, hundreds of miles of asphalte, a charming climate & the most entertaining society in America. I spent a month in Boston & another in New York, & have paid three or four visits in the country. All this was very jolly, & it is pleasant to be in ones native land, where one is someone & something. If I were to abide by my vanity only I should never return to that Europe which ignores me. Unfortunately I love my Europe better than my vanity; & I love "appreciate!"# you, if I may say so, better than either! Therefore I shall return—about the month of May. I am thinking tremendously about writing to Mrs. Boit—kindly tell her so. My very friendly regards to your dear mother, & your brother. A word to Cambridge, Mass” (w my father’s,) will always reach me. It would be very charming of you to address one to yours very faithfully H. James jr Previous publication: Lubbock 1: 90–91 < 71.12 invitation • invi- | tation 71.14 h a • [a overwrites blotted h] 71.23 {, • [, overwrites .] 71.30–31 w on • [on overwrites w] 72.14–16 Cambridge, Mass [. . .] H. James jr • [written across the letter’s first page] 72.14 ” ( • [( overwrites ,] 72.14 (w my • [my overwrites w; m malformed] < 71.14 au plus tôt • as soon as possible. 71.22 ces gens-ci • these people here. 71.24 venez-y-voir • come see it. 71.29 diapason • tune or tone [of the society]. 71.32 air de fête • festive appearance. 73 1882 10 15 20 25 30 72.12 Mrs. Boit • Mary Louisa Boit, wife of painter Edward Darley Boit (1840–1915). 72.13–14 your dear mother, & your brother • Julia Coster (c. 1820–84) of New York City and Jean Jacques Reubell (1851 or 1852–1933), an art collector in France. GRACE NORTON 10 January [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (928) METROPOLITAN CLUB WASHINGTON,D.C. My dear Grace. What a coincidence that your note should have come in just as I was taking up my pen & invoking your name as my inspiration. When I say your note—I mean your generous & graceful letter. I am glad the little spice-vessels stand upright on your table: they were only intended to remind you of me at the dinner hour, the genial hour, the hour of conversation. There was to have been a mustard-pot to match, but this was not forthcoming in the press & scramble of the New Year’s traffic, & shall be supplied later. When this trio of mementos is complete, I shall at least have the happy faith that you have a pungent impression of me! I am glad you are getting on, but sorry you are tired, though I should think you might be, when people stay with you. I don’t mean because the people you would naturally have are not the most agreeable mortals, but because your passionate urbanity must lead you to expend yourself too much for their entertainment. Try therefore to be—not less urbane, but less passionate! That is about what we are here—we combine amiability with discretion. You see I am already beginning to talk about we; though I confess that when I converse with myself I say only they. “They” are very pleasant, then, the people here; 74 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 there seem to be a good many of them in one way & another, & I am apparently in a fair way to see them all. I spent three days very agreeably at Mrs. Wister’s; in spite of a certain painful impression that the lady takes life too tragically. But she is going to Jamaica, to see Lady Musgrave, & that, I hope (especially as she is going to Europe afterwards,) will interpose a little ease, as Milton says. She had one day a rather big Philadelphian dinnerparty , & I liked her Philadelphians, in spite of her their accent, very much; especially the ladies, who have some "something!"# soft & sympathetic, expressive & effusive, that one doesn’t find in the celebrated “New England temperament.” I am comfortably settled here, in a couple of sunny rooms, & shall probably do very well for five or six weeks. Washington seems queer, but genial, & I have no doubt that on acquaintance it grows geni "interesting.!"# I doubt whether social pleasure ever reaches the pitch of intensity, but I shouldn’t wonder if the place were the most agreeable of our cities. The Henry Adamses, who are my "principal!"# friends here, have a commodious & genial house & have been very kind to me; it is chez eux that I have made most of my acquaintance. As yet, (as I have been here but a few days) there are none among these whom "that!"# I need particularly mention. I will tell you about the mentionables later. The pleasantest thing here is the absence of business—the enormous empty streets, most of them rather pretty, with nothing going on in them. I am making the best of everything—so much so that I feel at moments as if I were rather holding my nose to the grindstone. It goes very well—but I will confide to you in strict privacy that in my heart of hearts I am wofully & wickedly bored! I am horribly homesick for the ancient world. There one needn’t to be always making the best of things. One may make the worst of them & they are still pretty good. The only thing I know here that I could afford to make the worst of is—you! Ever most faithfully H. James jr 75 1882 723 15th St. Jan. 10th ———— Previous publication: HJL 2: 368–70 < 74.3 painful • pain- | ful 74.6 interpose • inter- | pose 74.7 Philadelphian • Phila- | delphian 74.7–8 dinner- | party • dinner-party 74.8 her their • [ir overwrites r] 74.10 sympathetic • sym- | pathetic 74.22 mentionables • mention- | ables 74.24 empty • [m malformed] 74.29–75.2 homesick for the ancient world. [. . .] Jan. 10th ———— • [written across the letter’s first page] < 74.3 Mrs. Wister’s • Sarah Butler Wister (1835–1908), an American socialite who married Dr. Owen Jones Wister in 1859, befriended HJ in 1872 while traveling in Rome with her mother, Frances “Fanny” Anne Kemble. The Wisters had one child, Owen Wister (1860–1938). 74.5 Lady Musgrave • Jeanie Lucinda Field Musgrave (1837–1930) was the second wife (m. 1870) of British colonial governor Sir Anthony Musgrave (1828–88). 74.6–7 will interpose a little ease, as Milton says • See John Milton’s “Lycidas”: “For so to interpose a little ease, / Let our frail thoughts dally with false surmise” (105, lines 151–52). 74.19 chez eux • at their home. 76 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 EDWIN LAWRENCE GODKIN 15 January [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1083 (388) METROPOLITAN CLUB. Washington. Jan. 15th My dear Godkin. I have been waiting, to write to you, only to look round me a little & see what I think of Washington. I am almost ashamed to say that I like it very much—in spite of snow & sleet & a good "& a good!"# deal of disappointment in what you journalists call its climatic conditions. I take to it kindly—so kindly that I shall probably remain here till about the middle of February. At that time, if you are still of the same hospitable mind, I shall be delighted to come & spend a week with you in 25th St. I have got some decent rooms here & feel at rest for the moment, so that I am trying to do a little work. This leads me to look forward to a few more weeks of it. I have seen a good many people, chiefly under the influence of the Adamses & find the social arrangements, & the tone of conversation, very easy & genial. The feeding-question is the main difficulty, but that is solved by one’s dining out more or less. All the same, I am filled with tender memories of the feeding-hours that I lately passed in your company. You fed me so well; & were the cause of so many others doing the same. I have indeed the most genial recollections of "every phase of!"# the little ménage over which you preside so gallantly & which Lawrence animates with his youthful sallies. I am hoping extremely that either you or he—or better still, both of you—will turn up here before I depart. The Adamses are always the centre of a distinguished circle—I dined with them a day or two ago to, meet the British Minister. He is a rather dull (though amiable) personage—but he has a delightful 77 1882 5 10 little foreign daughter who is the most perfect ingénue ever seen in America. I haven’t gone "so!"# much into politics (as you might imagine,) & haven’t been to hear Guiteau, who appears never to be spoken of here. Senator Bayard has honoured a note of introduction I brought him from Mrs. Lockwood by sending me two invitations to dinner (at once) & offering me ◇ the use of a private room in the Capitol to entertain my friends in! So that if you & Lawrence come, I shall at least know where to receive you. The Capitol unfortunately strikes me as repulsive, but Washington, in spite of it, has a great deal of charm. How is Miss Lazarus?—Miss West doesn’t remind me of her at all. I bless you both, & remain very faithfully yours H. James jr No previous publication < 76.25 tender • [second e inserted] 76.29 Lawrence • [w malformed] 77.6 ◇ the • [th overwrites illegible letter] 77.8 Lawrence • [w malformed] < 76.33 the British Minister • Lionel Sackville-West, 2nd Baron Sackville (1827–1908), served as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the United States from 1881 to 1888. 77.1 daughter • Victoria Sackville-West (1861–1936) was one of Lord Sackville’s several illegitimate children by the Spanish dancer Josefa de la Oliva. 77.3 Guiteau • Charles J. Guiteau, assassin of President Garfield. 77.4 Senator Bayard • Thomas Francis Bayard (1828–98), American politician and diplomat who was serving the last of his three terms as a US senator from Delaware. Bayard later served as President Grover Cleveland’s secretary of state and spent five years as US ambassador to the United Kingdom. 77.5 Mrs. Lockwood • Florence Bayard Lockwood (1842–98) was the sister of Thomas F. Bayard and wife of Maj. Benoni Lockwood (1834–1909). 78 The Complete Letters of Henry James 10 15 20 25 30 77.8 Lawrence • Godkin’s son, Lawrence Godkin (1860–1929). 77.11 Miss Lazarus • Emma Lazarus (1849–87) was an American poet whose most famous work, the 1883 sonnet “The New Colossus,” is inscribed on a plaque on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. 77.11 Miss West • Probably Victoria West, mentioned above. JANE DALZELL FINLAY HILL 15 January [1882] TLC Creighton University Leon Edel Papers Metropolitan Club Washington. D.C. Jan. 15th [1882] My dear Mrs. Hill. I only want to shake hands with you across the wintry sea and speak to you of the pleasure it has lately been to me to receive good news of you and of your husband. By this time I trust that you are both completely restored to your natural occupations, which doubtless have a zest such as such dismal interruptions only can give. May you have had the last of these uncomfortable interludes, and when I see you again in the spring, may the faintest memory of them have become fainter still. As I say, I shake hands with both of you on your recovery—very heartily. I am in the handshaking country, and in the most handshaking place in it. The President, on New Year’s day, had to offer his august paw to so many thousand people that it was swollen to the size of a boxing-glove that evening. I won’t attempt to give you even a general idea of Washington—I will only say, very emphatically, that you and Mr. Hill ought to come over and see, for yourselves, one of the pleasantest of cities. It is like none other in the old world or the New—being the only place I know that has exclusively a political and social existence. It is merely 79 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 a gentlemens’ city—containing neither trade, nor industry, nor chimneys, nor shops, nor stockbrokers, nor a business-quarter of any sort. Add to this that it has a charming Southern climate, a wondrous spaciousness, the pleasantest social elements in America, a very hospitable and yet very easy and informal way of life, a pervasive passion for conversation, a political life of which one may know as much or as little as one chooses, and lastly the most amiable quality a place can have, a perfect indifference to the figure of your income—and you will get just that general idea which I very inconsistently excused myself from attempting to give you. I don’t want to talk to you about America—I only want to stimulate my moral consciousness of England. The scantiest scrap of nourishment which you might have the benevolence to offer it will be promptly and thoroughly assimilated. I am torn by conflicting passions—the sense that I am passing my winter very pleasantly here, and the sentiment of homesickness (for the very paving-stones of Piccadilly,) pushed to the point at which (when there is a lady in the case) one begins to neglect one’s personal appearance. I am (at times) absolutely dishevelled with longings for London. However, I shall be back there early in May (if nothing unexpected intervenes,) and I shall plunge into that human sea with a tremendous splash! The establishment at which I write these illegible lines is not so well-ordered as the Reform Club, and the sociable Washingtonians converse audibly in the waiting room. The consequence is that my attention is irritated, and this letter is not what it should be—having no merit but the sentiment that has prompted it. I passed the month of December in New York—the greater part of it as the guest (as they say here,) of our old friend Edwin Godkin. This was a very charming episode. He has a very agreeable little house, is extremely hospitable and a capital companion. I led as merry a life as if it had been London in May, dining out every day—and (if it didn’t sound repulsively fatuous I should say) basking in the smiles of 80 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 the New York fair. There are a good many of them and they are very sympathetic. But tell me, I entreat you, a little about the London fair. Mrs. Stewart, for instance, Mrs. Smalley, Lady Gordon? I am much afraid that Mrs. Stewart is au plus mal. I wrote to her a while since, and she was unable to answer me, and I received a bad account of her from Mrs. Rogerson. Give her my most affectionate greetings, please; and say a good word for me to all those other ladies. I have an idea that Lady Gordon is looking more than ever like a time-worn Greek coin.—Apropos of the Greeks, do you get an echo of the silly success they are making in New York for Oscar Wilde? It is only an echo we get of it here. Kindly send me a few English echoes—those are the sweetest to my ear! It will be a great satisfaction to me to see “over your own signature” as they say here, that things are well with you. My kind remembrances to Mr. Hill. I shall knock at your door some Tuesday—isn’t it Tuesday?—in May. Believe me meanwhile very faithfully yours H. James jr No previous publication < 79.12 consciousness • [copy-text reads cousciousness; probably transcriber ’s error] < 78.8 JANE DALZELL FINLAY HILL • Wife of Frank Harrison Hill (m. 1862), Jane Hill (d. 1904) wrote literary articles and reviews for several publications. She met HJ in 1877 and reviewed his work in the London Daily News in 1879. 78.19 your husband • Frank Harrison Hill (1830–1910), editor of the London Daily News from 1870 to 1886. Hill promoted James’s membership in the Reform Club. 80.3–4 Mrs. Stewart [. . .] au plus mal • Harriet Everilda Gore Stewart (1797–1884), London hostess and mother of Christina Rogerson. Beginning in the late 1870s she began suffering from bouts of illness and weakness that confined her to her bed for weeks at a time. 81 1882 15 20 25 30 80.3 Mrs. Smalley • Phoebe Garnaut Smalley (1837–1923), the adopted daughter of abolitionist Wendell and Ann Phillips. She married journalist George W. Smalley in 1862. 80.3–4 Lady Gordon • Lady Caroline Emilia Mary Herschel Hamilton-Gordon (c. 1830–1909), lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria and wife of Sir Alexander Hamilton-Gordon (1817–90). She met HJ in 1877. 80.4 au plus mal • very sick. 80.6 Mrs. Rogerson • Christina Stewart Rogerson, later Stevens (c. 1839–1911), journalist and author who also hosted a literary salon with her mother, Harriet Everilda Gore Stewart. EDWIN LAWRENCE GODKIN 22 January [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1083 (389) Washington. 723 15th St. Jan. 22d ———— My dear Godkin. Though Washington is very pleasant, I like to keep communication with New York well established. I must therefore thank you for your friendly note & assure you that I hold you in the most grateful memory. I take careful note of what you say about the downy couch on which I slept so softly— if not so late!—for three weeks being again at my service in February: & I venture to remark at present that my stay in this place will probally not exceed the tenth of that month. About that date—(I shall notify you of course more exactly™) I shall be deligh◇ delighted to come back to you. That is, if you will take me back after hearing of the company I have been keeping. The Adamses consider it very bad—though I notice that they are eagerly anxious to hear what I have seen & heard 82 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 at places which they decline to frequent. After I had been to Mrs. Robeson’s they mobbed me for revelations, & after I had dined with Blaine, to meet the President, they fairly hung upon my lips. I shall try & get you & Lawrence into that altitude when I return. Not however that I shall have anything very wonderful to relate, for the inside life here is neither adapted to my opportunities nor "to!"# my desires; & the outside, is though present "pleasant!"# enough, doesn’t bristle with startling events. My ordinary pastimes are going to see Mrs. Adams at 5 o’clock; my extraordinry ones are occasionally dining out. So long as that resource lasts a little, I shall remain here; when it fails me, I shall flee. Washington is too much of a village—though the absence of trade & stockbroking is delightful. It is too niggerish, & that has rubbed off on some of the whites. I had some talk with the President the other evening & took a shine to him. He seemed to me a good fellow—but then I don’t know his record{, & don’t want to know it. Oscar Wilde is here{—an unclean beast. The British Minister is dull, though apparently appreciative; but he has a ravishing young daughter. Give my love to Lawrence & believe me ever yours—H. James jr Previous publication: Horne 134–35 < 81.24 your • [u inserted] 81.29 probally • [misspelled] 81.29 exceed • ex- | ceed 81.30 ™) • [) overwrites—] 81.31 deligh◇ delighted • [t overwrites illegible letter] 82.4 Lawrence • [w malformed] 82.5 anything • any- | thing 82.7 is though • [h overwrites is] 82.10 extraordinry • [misspelled] 82.13 that • [th malformed] 82.16 {, • [, overwrites .] 82.17 {— • [—overwrites .] 82.19 Lawrence • [w malformed] 83 1882 20 25 30 < 81.27–28 for three weeks being again at my service in February • HJ did return to visit Godkin in New York, but not until March, and then for only about a week; he left Boston for New York on 21 March and stayed through 27 or 28 March (he was back in Boston by the writing of 29 March [1882] to Isabella Stewart Gardner, p. 133). The plans James sketches here were altered by his mother’s death on 29 January 1882. 82.2 Mrs. Robeson’s • Mary I. Ogston Robeson, the wife of New Jersey congressman George Maxwell Robeson. 82.3 Blaine • James Gillespie Blaine (1830–93), who had been secretary of state under President James A. Garfield. 82.3 the President • Chester A. Arthur (1830–86), twenty-first president of the United States, who succeeded President James A. Garfield after Garfield’s assassination. 82.18 British Minister • Lionel Sackville-West. MARY WALSH JAMES 22 January [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (1921) 723 15th St. Jan. 22d ———— Dearest Mother. I must thank you for your note, & father for one from him received two days’ since, & accompanying a packet of English letters: although I am not to day in very good ◇ writing form. I have been having a rather bad time with my head—but it is the 1st since I have been in America, & very probably will be the last. It is passing away, but, having been pretty bad yesterday, has left me rather sore & seedy. Forgive therefore this inadequate scrawl, intended only to break silence a little, & don’t be troubled about 84 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 me, as on the whole I do very well. Any sort of emanation from home is always a refreshment to me. I am doing fairly enough here "in spite of foul weather!"#—& have dined out several times lately—though to one or two dinners I have had to drag myself (not to break the engagement,) with a dreadfully aching brow. The chief w of these was a big "& gorgeous!"# banquet at Mr. Blaine’s, to meet the President, who pleased, if he didn’t fascinate, me. He is an agreeable, “personable” man, with an evident desire to pleased "please,!"# & aspirations to culture. He has a more successful physical development than is common here” (in the political world,) & he talked for some time very genially with me—informing me that he assisted at the suicidal death-bed of Johnny James, who was his intimate friend! He at one time knew Albany well, & descanted on Smith Van Buren &c; also evidently believed me to be the son of Uncle William{, & wouldn’t be disillusioned. This illusion was indeed apparently so dear to me "him,!"# that I felt that if I had any smartness in me, I ought, striking while the iron was hot, ” "to!"# apply for a foreign mission, which I should doubtless promptly get. Gail Hamilton, who lives at Mr. Blaine’s—the latter I must wait to describe to you—& who was attired in pale blue satin, point lace & diamonds, I sat next to at dinner, & she sent many messages & greetings to father. She told me I looked like him, & didn’t I know it? I said I felt as if I sometimes looked like him: didn’t she know what it was to feel that way—that one looked like some other person? She fixed me with her solitary eye, & replied: “No, I can truly say I have never had that on my conscience!” Repartee, for me, was difficult. I murmured something, not about her beauty, but about her conscience. The most amiable families here are the Bayards—Bayard himself a regular dear fellow, & his two daughters such as one ought to marry, if one were marrying; girls "intrinsically charming, &!"# to whom Washington has given a sort of social education not obtainable elsewhere in this country; ◇ & the Frelinghuysens, 85 1882 5 who have other desirable daughters, &c. But I ca◇ can’t gossip—& I shouldn’t be writing. I am very glad indeed to have good news of Bob, & wish I could see{ him. Give him my love & tell him & I shall manage it somehow & somewhere. Thank William for his deaf & dumb document—I am delighted to hear of his projected “lark.” I embrace my father & sister, my mother & every one, & will write better soon. Ever your H. James jr Previous publication: HJL 2: 370–72 < 83.29 ◇ writing • [w overwrites illegible letter] 84.1 emanation • eman- | ation 84.6 w of • [of overwrites w] 84.11 ” ( • [( overwrites ,] 84.13 death-bed • death- | bed 84.15 { , • [, overwrites .] 84.16 disillusioned • dis- | illusioned 84.18 , ” " • [" overwrites ,; first , inserted] 84.34 ◇ & • [& overwrites illegible letter] 84.34 Frelinghuysens • [u inserted] 85.1 ca◇ can’t • [nt overwrites illegible letter] 85.3 { • [blotted out] 85.6–7 I embrace my father [. . .]H. James jr • [written across the letter’s first page] < 84.12–13 suicidal death-bed of Johnny James • John Barber James (1816–56), brother of Henry James Sr. and HJ’s uncle, committed suicide in the Tremont House Hotel, Chicago. 84.14 Smith Van Buren • Smith Thompson Van Buren (1817–76) was the youngest son of Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, and husband of HJ’s aunt Ellen King James (1823–49). 84.15 Uncle William • Reverend William James (1797–1868) was HJ’s half-uncle, the son of William James Sr. and his first wife, Elizabeth Tillman. 86 The Complete Letters of Henry James 15 20 25 30 84.20 Gail Hamilton • This was the pen name of American writer and essayist Mary Abigail Dodge (1833–96), the cousin of Blaine’s wife. 84.30 the Bayards • Thomas Francis Bayard Sr. (1828–98), American politician, and his first wife, Louisa Lee Bayard (1834–86). 84.34 Frelinghuysens • Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen (1817–85), a lawyer and politician from New Jersey, replaced Blaine as secretary of state; his three daughters were Matilda Griswold, Sarah Helen, and Charlotte Louisa. As of 1882 both Matilda Griswold and Charlotte Louisa were unmarried. SIR JOHN FORBES CLARK 23 January 1882 ALS University of Virginia Library Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Special Collections, Papers of Henry James, MSS 6251-a, box 1, folder 37 METROPOLITAN CLUB WASHINGTON,D.C. Jan 23d 1882 ———— My dear Sir John. I wrote to you about a fortnight ago, but I must send you another line to thank you for your letter of New Year’s Day. Your friendly thought of me on that solemn anniversary warms my half-frozen heart & draws my eyes more fondly than ever to the honoured shores of old England. I speak of a sentimental chill, only because we are having a touch of winter at last in this genial clime, & five years of your mild & muggy London (delicious air!) have rendered me sensitive to climatic rudeness! I am happy to say that the organ of affection is not otherwise paralyzed—as is fortunate in a country, & above all in a city, in which l’objet aimable so frequently presents herself. That wonderful product of civilization the American Girl flourishes freely in Washington & is on the whole seen here to advantage— 87 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 as the place affords a kind of social education which softens some of her asperities. She will not however accompany me back to England in any capacity as yet defined.—I am very happy indeed de vous savoir between the well-warmed walls of the great city—& I confess I hope that the South African voyage will ◇ be deferred till it is too late to be discreet. The pavement of Bayswater seems to me better adapted to your eminently social nature than the greasy billows of the Southern Ocean. I send Arthur Coltman my blessing & earnestly hope he may recover himself without any such heroic remedy. I thank you ever so much, as we say here, for giving me better news of Lady Clark; & I hope her improved vision sometimes entertains itself with that big view that you get over half London, & more than half its suburbs, from those high windows of Hyde Park Gardens. We have some pretty views here, & as Washington is about in the latitude of Palermo, we have, as you may imagine, a good deal of glowing sunshine. But as yet however it is rather (as almost everywhere here) the possibilities than the actualities that are striking. Fifty years hence this place will probably be (in addition to being the National Capitol of a country of a hundred millions of people,) one of the most charming winter resorts in the country !"#world!"# (the summer of course is absolutely torrid.) But meanwhile there is a good deal to be done. If we had a paternal government, addicted to spending money on embellishments, it might be done in ten years{, but the Western Congressmen won’t vote for such luxuries while they want their own forests cleared & rivers dyked. It has to come gradually, but all that sort of thing, in America, is coming. Meanwhile, however, the countries are pleasantest where it has already arrived. I see a good many people & don’t fail to get impressions. I dined a couple of days ago, at Mr. Blaine’s, late Secretary of State, to meet the President, whom etiquette permits to dine out but little. He seems a good fellow & a gentleman—he is decidedly bel homme—& has the art of pleasing rather more 88 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 than "some of!"# his predecessors. But he is in deep mourning "official mourning!"#, his wife is "also!"# dead, & the White House is shrouded in gloom. I can see it from these windows as I write—& there is something dramatic in the vision one can’t help having of that solitary individual lifted into a great position by a murder, sitting there in the empty mansion in which he may hear the hovering of the ghosts of Lincoln & Garfield.—I see of course a good deal of our little Adamses to whom I gave your message, which they received with pleasure. They don’t know I am writing now or they would greet you "both!"# affectionately; but Mrs. Adams mentioned to me that she had ◇◇◇ "written!"# to you three or four months ago. I know it would give her pleasure to hear from you again. To do them justice, you should see them in their native air; they take life more easily. They have indeed here a very pretty life.—I think I told you that I should return to Bolton St in May, & I wish I could believe that I should find you then in London. When may I come again to Tillypronie? Have you seen the good Meredith? Greet him for me. I say something very sweet to Lady Clark, & je vous embrasse. Ever yours H. James jr No previous publication < 87.6 ◇ be • [be overwrites illegible letter] 87.23 meanwhile • mean- | while 87.25 embellishments • embellish- | ments 87.25 {, • [, overwrites .] 88.12 months • [t inserted] < 86.32 l’objet aimable • the affable purpose. 87.4 de vous savoir • to know you are. 87.9 Arthur Coltman • See HJ to Sir John Forbes Clark, 8 January [1882], pp. 65–67. 87.34 bel homme • handsome. 89 1882 15 20 25 30 88.2 his wife is "also!"# dead • Ellen “Nell” Lewis Herndon Arthur (1837–80) married Chester A. Arthur in 1859 and died of pneumonia before he took office. 88.18 Meredith • George Meredith (1828–1909), English novelist and poet. HJ described him to AJ as a “singular, but decidedly brilliant fellow [. . .] & of whom, if he didn’t live in the country, I should see more” (CLHJ, 1878–1880 1: 72). 88.19 je vous embrasse • I hug you all. ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER 23 January [1882] ALS Archives, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston METROPOLITAN CLUB WASHINGTON,D.C. January 22 23d (723 15th St) ———— Dear Mrs. Gardner. Why shouldn’t I put into execution to-day that very definite intention of writing to you from Washington? I have been nearly three weeks & I ought to have a good many impressions. I have indeed a certain number, but when I write to you these generalities somehow grow vague & pointless. Everything sifts itself down to one impression—which I leave to your delicate imagination. I shall not betray it if I can help it—but perhaps I shan’t be able to help it.—Washington is on the whole as pleasant as you told me I should find it—or at least "that!"# you had found it. I try to find everything that you do, as that is a step towards being near you. I went last night to the Loring’s where you told me you had flung down your sortie-de-bal in the dusky entry, where it looked like a bank of hyacinths,— & found there the repulsive & fatuous Oscar Wilde, whom, I am happy to say, no one was looking at.—Washington is really 90 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 very good; too much of a village materially, but socially & conversationally bigger & more varied, I think, than anything we have. I ◇ should care to live here—it is too rustic & familiar; but I should certainly come here for a part of every winter if I lived in the U. S. I have seen a good many people, dined out more or less, & tried to make myself agreeable. The Adamses tell me I succeed—that I was "am!"# better than I was in London. I don’t know whether you would think that.. I have not fallen in love nor contracted an eternal friendship, though the women, as a general thing, are pleasing. The most of a personage, among them, is Mrs. Robeson; but she is fifty years old & fundamentally coarse. Very charming, however, & with a déinvolture rather rare chez nous. There are also some charming girls—not rosebuds; e.g. Miss Bayard & Miss Frelinghuy◇ Frelinghuysen, who are very happy specimens of the finished American girl—the A. G. who has profited by the sort of social education that Washington gives. Plenty of men, of course; more than elsewhere, & a good many energetic types; but few “accomplished gentlemen.” I met the President the other day, (at dinner at Mr. Blaine’s) & thought him a good fellow—even attractive. He is a gentleman & evidently has that amiable quality, a desire to please; he also had a well-made coat & well-cut whiskers. But he told me none of the secrets of state & I couldn’t judge of him as a ruler of Men. He seemed so genial, however that I was much disposed to ask him for a foreign mission. Where would you prefer to have me? I wish the States, over here, sent "would send!"# each other ambassadors—I should like so much to be at the head of a "New York!"# legation in Boston.—I see a good deal of our excellent Adamses, who have a very pretty little life here. Mrs. A. has perennial afternoon tea—two or three times a day—& frequent dinners at a little round table. I remain here till the middle of February, & after that I go back to New York for a fortnight. Then I go to make a little tour in the South, &c; & then—& then—I should tell you if I were not afraid of 91 1882 5 betraying that emotion I spoke of in beginning. I hope you will be very amiable during the month of April, which I expect to spend in the neighborhood of Boston. I almost betray it there, & I must control myself. I hope you are having a genial winter—& should be delighted to hear a little about it. I venture to take for granted that your husband is completely restored & that you have never failed to be well; & I remain very faithfully yours H. James jr Previous publication: HJL 2: 372–73; SL 2: 179–80; Zorzi 76–78 < 89.16 22 23d • [3 overwrites second 2] 90.3 ◇ should • [h overwrites illegible letter] 90.8 .. • [first . inserted] 90.9 friendship • friend- | ship 90.14 Frelinghuy◇ Frelinghuysen • [s overwrites illegible letter] < 89.31 sortie-de-bal • evening coat. 90.12 déinvolture • [misspelled]; offhandedness or casualness. 90.13 chez nous • around here. 90.14 Miss Bayard • All six of the daughters of US senator from Delaware Thomas Francis Bayard were unmarried at the time of this letter’s writing; the oldest are the most likely to be “finished,” as James described them: Katharine Lee (b. 1859), Mabel (b. 1861), Ann Francis (b. 1864), Florence (b. 1865), Louisa Lee (b. 1867), and Ellen (b. 1869). 90.14 Miss [. . .] Frelinghuysen • Secretary of State Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen had two unmarried daughters when this letter was written: Matilda Griswold (1846–1926) and Charlotte Louisa (1847–1930). 92 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 THOMAS SERGEANT PERRY 23 January 1882 ALS Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine ✉ METROPOLITAN CLUB WASHINGTON,D.C. Dear Tom. Thank-ye for your letter of the 15th ult., with its pleasant emanation of “culture”—an article not on the whole very largely represented here. It is very good of you, in the midst of your crowded hours to find a moment to converse with an early friend. Thanks in especial for the information anent the Ralston-Trgff. episode. The latter is most amiable of men, but I think that even his mild nature may not relish being assimilated to a decaying corpse. This may prove, for the rash Ralston, the ind◇s !"#celebrated!"# scratch that reveals the Tartar. Poor R. is very Hannah-Morish. He told me once that he had said to Trgff. ◇ apropos of translating some of his tales, that he must bear in mind that nothing could hope for success in England which could not be read by les demoiselles. This Tgff. probably went ◇ & repeated scoffi◇ scoffingly to Flaubert. One is far from Tgff. & from Flaubert here—far even from Ralston. There is no literature—save Mrs. Hodgson’sš Burnett’s, which I can’t read.—Washington is nevertheless genial & amusing, & I shall remain here another two or three weeks. It is, "materially,!"# too much of a village—a nigger-village, sprinkled with whites, it seems to me in my darker moments. Socially, conversationally, however, it is very cosmopolitan—much more so than our dear Boston. I see a good many people—but I have not fallen in love nor contracted an eternal friendship. I dined a day or two ago at Mr. Blaine’s, to meet the President, whom I conversed with somewhat & much liked. He seems a good fellow & a gentleman; but didn’t reveal to me any of the secrets of his policy—so I can’t characterize him as a ruler & administrator. I hope your 93 1882 5 10 15 lectures & your hard work give you some comfort—I should like to hear some of the former. I am afraid I shall have left this place before you come to Philadelphia—but I shall spend all the month of April at "in!"# (or near) Boston. I understand well that you console yourself for not leaving that city. The Book question alone is an inducement (to stay.) I envy your literary studies & dragged as I am perpetually into merely social dittos. Give my love to your wife & consider me ever yours H. James jr Jan. 23d 1882 ✉ T. S. Perry esq. 312 Marlborough St. Boston. United States. [Postmark:] WASHINGTON D.C. JAN 23 7PM 1882 Previous publication: Harlow 311 < 92.10 represented • repres- | ented 92.18 ◇ apropos • [a overwrites illegible letter] 92.21 ◇ & • [& overwrites illegible letter] 92.21 scoffi◇ scoffingly • [n overwrites blotted illegible letter] 92.24 nevertheless • neverthe- | less 93.6–9 literary studies & dragged as I am [. . .] 23d 1882 • [written across the letter’s first page] < 92.13 Ralston-Trgff. episode • William Ralston Shedden-Ralston (1828–89) translated a number of works for the Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev (1818–83). It is not clear what was the incident HJ referred to. 92.17 Hannah-Morish • Hannah More (1745–1833) was an English playwright, philanthropist, and evangelical moralist who produced a prolific body of ethical texts, and her name was proverbial. To be Hannah- 94 The Complete Letters of Henry James 10 15 20 25 30 Morish is to be orthodox to an extreme, especially in terms of a woman’s domestic role and identity. 93.8 wife • Lilla Cabot Perry (1848–1933). ROBERTSON JAMES 27 January [1882] MS photocopy Creighton University 723 15th St. Jan. 27th My dear Bob. Your note has just arrived, & I am filled with grief & horror at the news of poor Mother’s illness. Give her my tender love & assure her of my liveliest sympathy. I cannot bear to think that she suffers, & would come on to see her if I believed it would help her through. But if Aunt Kate has come, [&] you are there she has care enough, (with what father & Alice can also give) & I should only be in the way. I earnestly hope moreover that she has seen the worst, & I hope !"#depend upon!"# your writing to me again immediately to let me know how she prospers. You dont tell me when she was taken ill—nor whether she had been ailing; but I hope that if her attack was sudden her recovery will be equally so. I was very glad to hear from you apart from this— as we [h]ave corresponded so little, & parti[c]ula[r]ly pleased that you are able to t[e]ll me that you are better in health & spirits. Are you painting, in Cambridge? That is a resource that I advise you to cultivate. The more things one can do the better. I am amused at the impression my Washington life makes upon you, for, seen from my own near sta[n]dpoint it is not at all fairy lik[e]. I have learned no state secrets, nor obtained the inside view of every !"#any!"# thing; neither have I acquired any valuable acquaintances. "familiarities.!"# The number of persons here at present asking for consulates is I suppose about 5000. I dined last night with "Mr.!"# De Bildt, Swedish Secretary of Legation, 95 1882 5 & went afterwards to a Ball [a]t the British Legation, where, howeve[r,] I remained but 1⁄2 an hour. Do keep me informed about mother, & tell [he]r that I embrace her as freely [as] she can endure. I trust father & Alice & are equal to the occasion, & am happy in the advent of A[K.] I am delighted those poor $250 have given you any satisfac[tion] but don’t see how they can so long as they repose in the Bank. An equa[l] sum is at your disposal as often as you need it. Ever your affectionate H. James jr Previous publication: HJL 2: 374–75 < [The copy-text was not carefully photocopied. Material in bracketed italics is taken from an examination of a transcription made by or for Leon Edel, probably from a clear, undamaged manuscript.] 94.18 moreover • more- | over 94.23–24 this—as • [copy text reads (this—as); ( and ) probably not HJ’s hand] 95.4–7 father & Alice [. . .] An equa[l] • [written across the letter’s first page] 95.4 & are • [a overwrites &] 95.7–9 sum [. . .] H. James jr • [written across the letter’s second page] < 94.13 Mother’s illness • MWJ suffered from a bronchial infection and died in the evening of 29 January just as HJ was making his way from Washington, D.C., to be with her. 94.26 painting • RJ took up drawing and painting in 1860 while on a family trip to Europe and remained an amateur painter the rest of his life. 94.34 "Mr.!"# De Bildt, Swedish Secretary of Legation • Baron Carl Nils Daniel Bildt (1850–1931), diplomat and author. 96 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY 27 January [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1925 (942)-22 Washington: D.C. 723 15th St ———— Jan. 27th Dear Sirs Be so good as to send me by post a copy of the American & greatly oblige Yours very truly Henry James jr Messrs. Houghton Mifflin & Co. ———— No previous publication < 96.11 the American • While the first US edition of the novel had been published in 1877 by James R. Osgood and Company, by 1879 the firm’s name had changed to Houghton, Osgood and Company, which brought out the fourth impression of the US edition that year (Supino 47). By 1882 the house had become Houghton, Mifflin and Company. 97 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 MARY WALSH JAMES [29 January 1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (1922) Washington. Sunday a.m. ———— 723 15th St. ———— Beloved mother. I must write to you & embrace you, though I am afraid it will be some time before I you can return these attentions. I heard from Bob of your illness, two days ago & immdiately begged him to give me more news. There is no post delivered to-day, so that I am in suspense, ” "even!"# if a further bulletin has come from Cambridge, which I doubt. But I hope indeed that you are better, dear mother, & that you "have!"# ceased to suffer as you must have done. "been doing.!"# It is impossible almost for me to think of you in this condition, as I have only seen you hovering about the bed of pain, on which others were stretched. ◇ May you have sprung up from it now, restored to the "your!"# precious activities, & breathing more freely than ever. Asthma must be a terrible discomfort, & I hope the devotion of the family has provided you with all possible mitigations. If it hasn’t, you have but to send for me, & I will nurse you night & day. I shall be much disappointed if I don’t get news of you tomorrow{, & should be very glad if Aunt Kate had time to write even a few words. (I am assuming perhaps gratuit◇◇ gratuitously that Aunt !"#Father!"# & Alice are somewhat fatigued by their ministrations.) Washington continues to be pleasant, in spite of most disappointing weather & the fact that I haven’t made any particularly interesting acquaintances. I shall probably be here a fortnight longer. The great news of the moment is the exposure of Blaine with 98 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 regard to South America—over which the little Adamses, who are ™ (especially Mrs. A{) tremendously political—are beside themselves with excitement. I am afraid you have been suffering much with cold, & trust you have had the worst. I shld. like very much to hear something about Wm’s journey to Chicago, but as I hardly expect him to write me about it, don’t know to whom to apply. If Father or Alice would only send me a line—or Bob would write again. Ever your loving H. James jr Previous publication: HJL 2: 375–76 < 97.13 immdiately • [misspelled] 97.15 , ” " • [" overwrites ,; first , inserted] 97.21 ◇ May • [M overwrites illegible letter] 97.27 {, • [, overwrites .] 97.29 gratuit◇◇ gratuitously • [ou overwrites illegible letters] 97.31 disappointing • dis- | appointing 98.2 ™ (• [( overwrites—] 98.2 {) • [) overwrites .] 98.5 something • some- | thing 98.5–9 but as [. . .] H. James jr • [written across the letter’s first page] < 97.2 [29 January 1882] • Because this letter was written on “Sunday,” “two days” since HJ heard of his mother’s illness from RJ on 27 January [1882] (pp. 94–95), its date must be that of the Sunday following RJ’s letter , or 29 January 1882. 97.13 your illness • Mary Walsh James (1810–82) was suffering from a serious bronchial infection; see HJ to RJ, 27 January [1882] (pp. 94–95). 97.20 the bed of pain • Compare Job 33:19 (KJV): “He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain”; and the nineteenth-century hymn “When struggling on the bed of 99 1882 20 25 30 pain, / And earth and all its joys are vain, / How sweet, my God, to know thy power / Sustains me in this trying hour!” (McCartee 308). 97.34–98.1 the exposure of Blaine with regard to South America • As secretary of state in 1881, Blaine promoted free trade, especially within the western hemisphere, and called for a Pan-American Conference in 1882 to encourage commerce with and among South American nations. But when Garfield died and Chester A. Arthur became president, Arthur replaced Blaine with Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen (1817–85). Far from being an impartial mediator, Blaine had intervened in and manipulated ongoing disputes between Peru, Bolivia, and Chile—among other matters in South America—and his covert intentions were exposed (Clayton 68–69). Frelinghuysen canceled the Pan-American Conference. 98.5 Wm’s journey to Chicago • WJ was a guest at the annual dinner of the Harvard Club of Chicago, held on 27 January 1882 at the Grand Pacific Hotel. GEORGE ABBOT JAMES [2 February 1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094.1, item 140 20 Quincy St. Cambridge. Thursday ———— My dear George. I thank you heartily for your affectionate note—it touches me to be remembered. I have lost the sweetest, tenderest, wisest, most beneficent of mothers—& I simply bleed accordingly. But nothing can hurt her more.—I should like to see you; I mean also about a matter of practical advice. My mother’s death has caused me to modify all my plans for the coming months—I wish to remain near my father. I do not wish however to be in Cambridge—but to have a habitation of my own, & to this end 100 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 to take some furnished rooms in Boston. I know nothing about the ways & means of discovering such places—whether there any agents, &c—but it occurs to me that you, who know Boston so well, may have an idea. I really know it so little. I mention it to you thus immediately, because it is a thing I wish to arrange at once. I wish more than ever now to return to my work (laid aside for many months,) & I cannot do so until I find myself in quarters of my own. Perhaps you know of the existence of one or two places such as I am looking for—what they call in England “chambers—”?—a good sitting-room bed-room & bath-room, in a decent house & situation. If you do, or you have an idea” of how one even begins to look for such things, do drop me a line. I shall have to go into town immediately & constantly & would come & see you. Excuse this eminently practical appeal; it is not to give you any trouble. All my three brothers are here—the first time we have been together in 15 years. Kind thanks to your wife. Ever faithfully yours H. James jr Previous publication: Horne 136 < 100.11 ” • [blotted out] 100.17 Ever faithfully yours H. James jr • [written across the letter’s last page] < 99.19 [2 February 1882] • This letter was written on a Thursday between MWJ’s death on 29 January 1882 and HJ’s securing a place of his own in Boston, which he had done by 8 February (see HJ to George Abbot James, [8 February 1882], p. 109). Thus the only possible date is 2 February 1882. 100.1 furnished rooms in Boston • HJ found suitable rooms at 102 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, on 8 February 1882 (see HJ to George Abbot James, [8 February 1882], p. 109). 101 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 FRANCIS JAMES CHILD [3 February 1882] ALS Massachusetts Historical Society Francis James Child Papers, box 4, MS N-2141 20 Quincy St. Friday night. ———— Dear Mr. Child. Alice was deeply grieved this afternoon that the blundering servant (not the usual functionary of the door-bell) should have stupidly & barbarously turned you away—& on such an extraordinary pretext! She had no “company”—a young lady who had been with her for ten minutes was just leaving her— & she asks me to tell you how distressed she was at losing your visit & at the very hour when it would have gratified her most to see you. She was only waiting for an opportunity to thank you for the tender & touching assurances of friendship you have lately given us. Let me do so too—I am very glad of the chance. Even in the first acuteness of a pain which it is not easy to bear, it has been good to us to feel that there are others who have a share in our loss. You & Mrs. Child knew my dearest mother—& I could sit here long & talk to you of her—of the sweetest, gentlest, most patient & most quietly beneficent being I have known. The thought that she has passed forever out of this house which is still full of her, & of which she was the guardian angel & protecting spirit, is in the first crudity of grief almost unendurable. But her memory is stainless & vivifying! I thank you both most heartily for your affectionate interest—& I shall see you soon. My father & Alice are almost happy! Ever faithfully yours H. James jr No previous publication < 101.10 door-bell • door- | bell 102 The Complete Letters of Henry James 15 20 25 30 35 101.15 & at • [at overwrites &] 101.16 opportunity • oppor- | tunity 101.17 tender • [second e inserted] < 101.1 FRANCIS JAMES CHILD • Francis James Child (1825–96), Harvard professor of English and editor of English and Scottish Popular Ballads. Child and his wife, Elizabeth Ellery Sedgwick Child, were family friends of the Jameses. 101.2 [3 February 1882] • The only “Friday night” after MWJ’s death that HJ spent at 20 Quincy St. was 3 February 1882. EDWIN LAWRENCE GODKIN 3 February [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1083 (390) Cambridge, Feb. 3d. My dear Godkin. You will perhaps have already heard of the sorrow that has brought me back to my father’s house & will keep me near him for some time to come. My dearest mother died last Sunday— suddenly & tranquilly, from an affection of the heart, just as she was apparently recovering happily & comfortably from a comparatively superficial fit of illness. We laid her to rest on Wednesday—I got back from Washington on Tuesday morning: in time to see her still looking unchanged & with much of life &—almost unendurably much—in her lifeless face. It has been a very acute pain to me. You knew my mother & you know what she was to us—the sweetest, gentlest, most natural embodiment of maternity!̸—& our protecting spirit, our household genius. But you know well the depth of deep sorrow, & I needn’t talk to you of that. My father & sister are wondr wonderfully tranquil, & in their intense conviction that even the most exquisite sense of loss has a divine order in it, are even almost happy! My father however is very feeble & suffering & I must remain 103 1882 5 10 15 near him for the present. My plans & intentions have "are!"# all changed & for some time to come I must be within easy reach of Cambridge. I do not however share your appreciation of this place as a habitation, & I shall therefore settle myself for a while in Boston. I am full of regret at having to put off that pleasant plan of another fortnight at 115; but I can promise you that the pleasure is only deferred. A few weeks hence I shall be very glad to pay you a quiet visit, & as my return to Europe is probably suspended for this year, we have plenty of opportunities ahead. I know you will think of us all just now kindly & tenderly. Give my love to Lawrence & tell him I know how he will be able to do the same. We have all been together—save her who is so f !"#absent!"#—for the first time in 15 years. I hope the winter is going well with you. Ever faithfully yours H. James jr P.S. The very clever review of my book in the Post has given me great pleasure. Previous publication: HJL 2: 376–77 < 102.27 unchanged • un- | changed 102.28 &— • [—overwrites &] 102.31 !̸— • [—overwrites !] 102.33 wondr wonderfully • [e overwrites r] 103.11 Lawrence • [w malformed] 103.15 P.S. • [inserted] 103.16 great pleasure. • [written across the letter’s last page] < 103.6 115 • Before his mother’s sudden death, HJ had planned to spend three weeks with Godkin in his home on 115 East 25th Street in New York (see HJ to Edwin Lawrence Godkin, 22 January [1882], pp. 81–82). 103.12–13 save her who is so f !"#absent!"# • MWJ, who had passed away four days earlier, on 29 January 1882. 103.15 very clever review [. . .] Post • Godkin was the editor of the New York Evening Post. 104 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER [3 February 1882] ALS Archives, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Cambridge, Friday. ———— Dear Mrs. Gardner. I thank you kindly for your tender little note, & am much touched by it. I have felt my dear mother’s death very deeply— I was passionately attached to her. She was sweet, gentle, wise patient, precious—a pure & exquisite soul. But now she is a memory as beneficent as her presence; & I thank heaven that one can lose a mother but once in one’s life. The loss of that love, however, is a suffering absolutely apart—for it is the most absolutely unselfish affection any of us can know. Other forms of devotion seem to me comparatively interested; that of the being who went through nameless pain to bring one into the world & who has felt one’s life in every fibre of her own being, is the purest essence of tenderness.—I shall come to see you one of these days, not long hence; & shall see you often, a little later, as I shall settle myself for a while in Boston. I wish to be near my father. Ever faithfully yours H. James jr Previous publication: HJL 2: 377–78; Zorzi 82 < 104.2 [3 February 1882] • The Friday following MWJ’s death was 3 February. By the next Friday following MWJ’s death, 10 February, HJ was writing from 102 Mount Vernon Street, Boston. 105 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 THOMAS SERGEANT PERRY [3 February 1882] ALS Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine ✉ Cambridge, Friday a.m. ———— My dear Tom. I was very sorry to find I had missed you yesterday—I had been obliged to go into town. I should like extremely [to] see you—& I shall be at home all tomorrow afternoon or Sunday morning. We are very tranquil & resigned here; my mother’s death was, in its manner, so perfectly happy & fortunate, & it has lately become apparent that if she had lived, her life would be painful and weary. She was t[he] sweetest, tenderest, wisest & most beneficent being I have ever known, & her memory is pure felicity. Her death has made [a] change in all my present intentions & wishes; my only wish is to remain for these coming months near my father. He thanks you for your kind remembrance [of ] him & is much to[uched b]y it. He is very feeble & infirm & I can’t bear to leave him. On the other hand I don’t wish to inhabit Cambridge. [I] have accordingly determ[ined] to look immediately for some sort of tenement i[n] Boston—i.e. some good furnished rooms, if at this period of the year any such treasure is t[o b]e found. If you shoul[d] know or hear of any such, in a convenient quarter, do make a note of it. I want of course not a boarding-house—but the nearest possible approach [(i]n Boston) to London lodgings; a parlour, bedroom & bathroom. If I can settle myself in town for the next few [mo]nths I shall see you often; & in one way or another I shall settle myself. I have heard with great pleasure of the beauty & success of your lectures. All my brothers are here; it is the first time w[e] have been together in fifteen years. Love to your wife. What I should 106 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 lik[e] to find wld. be somethin[g] in Boylston St. facing [the] P. G. But that I suppose is impossible. I mention it simply because I believe there are houses let o[ut] in Chambers there, & you know your Boston so much better than I, that [y]ou might have information. But I shall advertise. If you shld. [be] able to come out [to]morrow (Saturday—) afternoon or Sunday morning, I shall in any case [b]e at home. Or better still perhaps—if Sunday afternoon is fine I shall be glad to go f[or] a walk with you. Ever yours H. James jr ✉ [T.] S. Perry esq. [312] Marlborough St. Boston. [Partially legible postmark:] FEB 3 Previous publication: Harlow 311–12 < [The original manuscript is damaged. The bracketed insertions are taken from an examination of Harlow, who probably saw a less damaged manuscript.] 105.31 myself • my= | self 106.5 information • in- | formation < 105.2 [3 February 1882] • The Friday following MWJ’s death was 3 February. By the next Friday following MWJ’s death, 10 February, HJ was writing from 102 Mount Vernon Street, Boston. 105.32–33 your lectures • Perry’s series of lectures at Harvard College, which he repeated in Philadelphia later in February (Harlow 95). 106.2 P. G. • Public Garden. The rooms James was able to secure soon after this letter at 102 Mount Vernon Street were close to and just north of the Boston Public Garden. 107 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 CHARLES ELIOT NORTON 7 February 1882 ALS Houghton bMS Am 1088 (3869) ✉ 20 Quincy St. ———— My dear Charles. Only a word to thank you very heartily for your little note of friendship & to send you a grateful message, as well, from my father & sister. My mothers death is the greatest change that could befall us, but our lives are so full of her still that we scarcely yet seem to have lost her. The long beneficence of her own life remains & survives.—I shall see you after you return to Shady Hill, as I am to be for a good while in these regions. I wish to remain near my father, who is infirm & rather tottering; & I shall settle myself in Boston for the next four or five months. In other words I shall be constantly in Cambridge & will often look in at you.—I hope you have enjoyed your pilgrimage. Ever faithfully yours H. James jr Feb. 7th 1882. ✉ Charles Eliot Norton Esq. Shady Hill. Cambridge. [Postmark:] BOSTON MAS[S] FEB 7 5PM [Partially legible postmark:] FEB 7 5[P]M [One illegible postmark] 108 The Complete Letters of Henry James 10 15 20 25 Previous publication: Lubbock 1: 91–92 < 107.14 beneficence • benefi- | cence JULIA WARD HOWE 7 February [1882] ALS Williams College Chapin Library, Samuel G. Howe Papers Cambridge. Feb. 7th My dear Mrs. Howe. My father is absolutely disabled by a most intolerable cold, which has fastened itself upon him; & he asks me to thank you without delay for your note of friendship & sympathy. It touches him deeply—it touches all of us; & I must add our gratitude to his. He is so tranquil, so convinced of certain transcendent things that he is almost happy. Besides this, my dear mother filled our lives so full of her sweetness & wisdom that she scarcely seems to have left us. These things are with us yet—they will be with us always.—I am to remain in these regions—that is, in Boston—for a good while to come, & shall give myself the pleasure of seeing you, & Miss Maud also to whom I send kind remembrances. Very faithfully yours Henry James jr. No previous publication < 108.23 Miss Maud • Maud Howe Elliott (1854–1948), the daughter of Julia Ward and Samuel Gridley Howe. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1917 for the biography of her mother that she and her sisters, Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards and Florence Howe Hall, wrote. 109 1882 5 10 25 30 GEORGE ABBOT JAMES [8 February 1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094.1, box 2 (James, G. A. 08) 102 Mt. Vernon St. My dear George I am all right & you needn’t have me any longer on your mind. I have discovered here a decent, if not a palatial, abode, where you will ever be the welcome guest of yours very faithfully H. James jr ———— No previous publication < 109.2 [8 February 1882] • In 10 February [1882] to George Abbot James (p. 111), HJ says he wrote his friend “the day before yesterday” a brief note saying that he had found a place to live; he was very likely referring to this letter, which would date it to 8 February. 109.9 a decent, if not a palatial, abode • 102 Mount Vernon Street, Boston. CAROLINE DALL 10 February 1882 ALS Massachusetts Historical Society Caroline Wells Healey Dall Papers, P-323 UNION CLUB BOSTON. 8 PARK STREET. Feb. 10th 1882. ———— Dear Mrs. Dall. Thank you for your friendly note, which I would rather acknowledge than not. When I saw you a short time ago, I had 110 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 no idea that I should presently be called away from Washington on so sad an e◇ errand. I reached Cambridge too late to see my dear mother in life; but I saw her looking even more sweet & tranquil than when she lived. You knew what a gentle & beneficent being she was—& you can imagine what we have lost. My father is rather seriously unwell, but he is quiet—& almost cheerful. He has great faith, & that helps him. I shall remain near him for the present, & as I have now determined not to return to England for some time to come, I am hoping for another opportunity to go to Washington. Yours very truly H. James jr No previous publication < 110.2 e◇ errand • [first r overwrites illegible letter] < 109.24 CAROLINE DALL • Caroline Wells Healey Dall (1822–1912) was an important feminist and activist who resided in Boston. She was the author of The Romance of the Association, or, One Last Glimpse of Charlotte Temple and Eliza Wharton: A Curiosity of Literature and Life, The College, the Market, and the Court, and Transcendentalism in New England: A Lecture Delivered before the Society for Philosophical Inquiry, Washington, D.C., May 7, 1895; she wrote about Sr. in her private journal. 111 1882 5 10 15 GEORGE ABBOT JAMES 10 February [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094.1, box 2 (James, G. A. 09) UNION CLUB, BOSTON 8 PARK STREET. Feb. 10th (102 Mt. Vernon St.) ———— My good George. I am infinitely obliged to you for the trouble you appear to have taken with regard to those indecently naked chambers we looked at together. As soon as I had found a tolerable restingplace , as above, (day-before-yesterday) I wrote you a line; but am afraid it didn’t reach you before you had embarked on a sea of troubles. Pray come quickly to shore, where I am fairly settled & believe me ever your thrice-obliged H. James jr No previous publication < 111.14–15 resting- | place • resting-place 111.15 as above • That is, 102 Mount Vernon Street. 112 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 25 30 UNIDENTIFIED 12 February 1882 ALS Special Collections, Colgate University Boston, Mass. Feb. 12th 1882. ———— Dear Sir. As my father is even more good-natured than myself, he will perhaps, if you address him at Cambridge, Mass, send you his autograph, though the infinite multiplication of the signature of distinction in response to perpetual requests from men, women & children, must seem to him, as to me, destined completely to deprive it of the value of rarity. Truly yours Henry James jr No previous publication MARY JAMES WILKINSON MATHEWS 13 February [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1237.18 ✉ UNION CLUB, BOSTON 8 PARK STREET. (102 Mt. Vernon St. Boston.) Feb. 13th ———— My dear Mary. I have been intending to write to you ever since I came back to America, more than three months ago—I wished to give you news both of myself & my people, over here—whom I always 113 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 consider a little "as!"# yours also. To day I have more reason than ever for sending you a friendly missive—but, I grieve to say, it is a very sad one. You will feel much sympathy for us when I tell you that my dear mother, for whom you were named, died a fortnight ago. It seems a great deal longer—her death has made the days move slowly! I am very happy to say that her death was tranquil & painless—she passed away—from one moment to another—as my father & sister were sitting with her in the twilight. She had had a rather sharp (but not at all alarming) attack of bronchial asthma, from which she was apparently happily convalescent—& in the midst of her cheerful sense of recovery she suddenly died. I was not at my father’s house at the time—but in Washington, & I reached home but 36 hours after all was over. I didn’t see my dear mother living—but I saw her with a tranquil, beautiful appearance of life. My three brothers had all arrived—it was the first time in 15 years that we had been together—& we carried her to her rest on one of those splendid days of winter that her "are!"# frequent here— when the snow is high & deep, but the sky as blue as the south, & the air brilliant and still. You will know for yourself that y◇◇r "our!"# loss is great. She was the perfection of a mother—the sweetest, gentlest, most beneficent human being I have ever known. I am extremely happy that I had come to America this year, after so long an absence—all my last recollections of her are inexpressibly tender. I thank heaven, however, that it is given to us to feel this particular pang but once! My father is infirm, but very tranquil; he has a way of his own of taking the sorrows of life—a way so perfect that one almost envies him his troubles. Alice, I am happy to say, after many years of ill-health has been better for the last few months than for a long time; she is able to look after my father & take care of his house—& as she is a person of great ability it is an extreme good fortune that she is now able to exert herself. You were always interested in Wilky—whom I lately saw for the first time in ten years. He 114 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 is not particularly successful, as success is measured in this country; but he is always rotund & good natured & delightful. Please tell your father & mother all this—I know they will think of us affectionately. My mother’s death has changed my present plans. I was to have returned to England in May—but I have put off my departure till somewhat later, in order to be a while longer near my father. When I do go you shall soon see me; & as I expect to spend the remainder of my life in England I don’t grudge my native land a few additional months. I greatly hope that you are all well, & I send you the very best wishes. Commend me kindly to your valiant husband, & to your father & mother, & believe me ever faithfully yours Henry James jr. ✉ UNION CLUB. England. ———— Mrs. Francis Mathews 8 Boundary Road. St. John’s Wood N.W. London. [Postmarks:] BOSTON MASS. FEB 13 5PM[;] BOSTON PAID FEB 13[;] LONDON.N.W. 17 FE24 82 Previous publication: HJL 2: 378–79 < 113.29 ill-health • ill- | health < 112.21 MARY JAMES WILKINSON MATHEWS • Mary James Wilkinson Mathews (1846–1944), daughter of James family friends Emma Wilkinson and Dr. James John Garth Wilkinson (1812–99), was MWJ’s goddaughter 115 1882 5 10 15 20 and namesake. She married Francis Cloughton Mathews (1842–1943) in 1871. ELIZABETH BOOTT 14 February [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (561) My dear Lizzie. I thank you tenderly—my room is transfigured. Only I shall keep the picture, & you must paint an Italian pendant to it, & I will take the pair. I shall see you immediately & ringraziarla more expressively. It was a charming thought & the sketch is of your best.—Where, please, is Duveneck’s studio? I looked for it in vain this a.m. to take him a message from father, who told me it was above Shoenhof’s old shop. I found it neither above the old nor above the new. Would you mind posting Your d me the correct thing on a scrap of paper? Your devotissimo H. J. jr. Feb. 14th ———— No previous publication < 115.11 my • [m malformed] 115.14–16 It was [. . .] this a.m. • written across the letter’s first page < 115.13 ringraziarla • thank you. 115.17 Shoenhof’s • Founded in 1856, Schoenhof’s Foreign Books is the fourth oldest bookstore in the United States. In 1882 it was located at 146 Tremont Street in Boston (Schoenhof’s 174). 115.19 devotissimo • most devoted. 116 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 DANIEL CHESTER FRENCH [14 February–25 April 1882] AL Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Za James 59 Mr. Henry James jr. greatly regrets that engagements in Boston on Thursday next deprive him of the pleasure of accepting Mr. French’s kind invitation to Concord. 102 Mt. Vernon st. Tuesday a.m. ———— No previous publication < 116.2 [14 February–25 April 1882] • HJ resided at 102 Mount Vernon Street from 8 February to 1 May 1882. Tuesdays during HJ’s residence at 102 Mount Vernon Street were 14, 21, 28 February; 7, 14, 21, 28 March; and 4, 11, 18, 25 April. 117 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 HELENA DE KAY GILDER 17 February [1882] ALS Lilly Library Gilder MSS, 1781–1984, box I, series I: correspondence, box 11 ✉ 102 Mt. Vernon St. Boston. ———— Feb. 17th St. ———— Dear Mrs. Gilder. I am greatly touched by your kind note & your friendly sympathy with our recent sorrow. I gave your remembrances to my father & Alice, who are equally gratified, & beg me to thank you for them.—Yes, as you say it is more natural to lose our parents than our children—a remark, on your part, which speaks of what you yourself have suffered. My dear mother was ready for death—she had lived a long & beautiful life.—I expect to be in New York in the early part of next month, & I shall come & see you. Meantime I have found a provisional perch here—till about the month of May. I am writing to your husband. Very faithfuly yours H. James jr ✉ Mrs. R. W. Gilder East 15th St. (next Century Club.) New York City. [Postmark:] BOSTON MASS. FEB 17 8PM 118 The Complete Letters of Henry James 15 20 25 [Partially legible postmarks:] D 2-18 9 A[;] P.O. 2-18-82 No previous publication < 117.23 faithfuly • [misspelled] < 117.18 what you yourself have suffered • Two of the Gilders’ children had died in infancy: Marion de Kay Gilder (1875–76) died before reaching his first birthday, and Richard de Kay Gilder was born and died on the same day in December 1880. 117.22 your husband • Richard Watson Gilder. GEORGE ABBOT JAMES 20 February [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094.1 (141) 102 Mt. Vernon St. Feb. 20th My dear George. If you haven’t forgotten, I haven’t: & I shall be delighted to dine with you on Friday next (at 7?) if that day is not objectionable to you. In any case I am, with kind remembrances to Mrs. George, very faithfully yours H James jr No previous publication < 118.26 Mrs. George • Elizabeth Cabot Lodge (1843–1908) married George Abbot James in 1864. 119 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 EDWIN LAWRENCE GODKIN 27 February [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1083 (391) 102 Mount Vernon St Boston. Feb. 27th ———— My dear Godkin. I have a genial letter from you (of the 8th) long a unanswered. You have not heard from me because I have had before "before me!"# the prospect of again appearing in New York, & not unmindful of your generous vows, I wished to wait till I could mention a day for my probable turning-up. What do you say to my coming on Monday, 13th—by which I mean, rather, arriving on Tuesday morning, 14th? I hope this notice will seem to you neither too long nor too short. I shall have occupation for about a week in New York about that time; but a few days earlier or later—especially the latter—won’t make a difference. I have found a temporary perch in Boston, & am trying to live here as I would in Florence or Vienna; an operation more successful than I could have hoped. I have been very quiet & seen no one; but walked out every day (almost) to "my!"# father’s, where I have dined, & then walked back in the evening. I have seen Grace Norton pretty often—but you have that privilege now. May you long enjoy it!—a wish I utter disinterestedly, because I think New York must do her good. I have got at work again, & rather like Boston. I hope your winter is leaving a happy record. Mille tendresses to Lawrence! Ever faithfully yours H. James jr 120 The Complete Letters of Henry James 10 15 20 25 30 No previous publication < 119.10–11 a unanswered • [u overwrites a] 119.14 turning-up • turning- | up 119.20 temporary • tempo- | rary < 119.29 Mille tendresses • Very tenderly. 119.29 Lawrence • [w malformed] ARCHIBALD PHILIP PRIMROSE, LORD ROSEBERY 27 February 1882 ALS National Library of Scotland MS 10078, f. 60 Boston, February 27th 1882. My dear Rosebery. Ever since I heard a few weeks ago that you had become the heir father of an heir to your greatness—& your goodness— I have wished to let you know that in this distant land I put candles into my windows in honour of the event. This modest illumination is was but the symbol of my sympathy & good wishes—fortunate father of a fortunate son! May the latter young man emulate your amiability & profit by your wisdom! He inherits at the outset a fund of good will which ought to make his little life a success even before other things arrive to confirm the tendency. I should have said this to you long ago, but that I have lately had a personal sorrow which has given me much occupation. My mother died suddenly a month ago, & the event has given me much to think of & to attend to. It will not however, probably, cause me to alter my original plan of returning to England in May. I spent the early part of the winter in seeing something of America—an extensive (& expensive) country, with many idiosyncrasies. It is not so much a country as a world—but you know all that better than I.—I am desperately 121 1882 5 homesick for London, & the intestinal convulsions of the British Empire only increase my tender interest in it, & my desire to be near the sick-room, as it were, to get the last news of the illustrious invalid. I am proud to think of the doctors—or nurses—I number among my friends—& I entreat you to use all your skill! I mak[e] my best obeisance to Lady Rosebery & I remain of your dear lordship, the very devoted Henry James jr Previous publication: HJL 2: 380; SL 2: 181 < 120.21 is was • [wa overwrites is] 120.32 extensive • [n malformed] 121.6 mak[e] • [e written off the letter’s fourth page] 121.6–7 & I remain [. . .] Henry James jr • [written across the letter’s first page] < 120.10 ARCHIBALD PHILIP PRIMROSE, LORD ROSEBERY • Archibald Philip Primrose (1847–1929), 5th Earl of Rosebery, writer and Liberal politician, later British prime minister. 120.18 father of an heir to your greatness • Albert Edward Harry Meyer Archibald Primrose (1882–1974), 6th Earl of Rosebery, was born on 8 January. 120.31 returning to England in May • HJ left the United States for England on 22 August. 121.6 Lady Rosebery • Hannah de Rothschild (1851–90) married Archibald Philip Primrose on 20 March 1878. 122 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 GRACE NORTON [3, 10, or 17 March 1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (930) My dear Grace. Please don’t think me inhuman if I don’t come to dine tomorrow: I will come in as soon as possible after dinner. Then I will tell you everything—my tremendous reasons for not dining, & my joy at your return—my curiosity about your adventures in N. Y.—& my regret at your extreme fatigue— which I hoped New York would have made less—not greater! Do rest tomorrow, at any rate—or sometime before I see you. Bon voyage! Ever faithfully yours H. James jr 102 Mt. Vernon St. Friday. ———— No previous publication < 122.2 [3, 10, or 17 March 1882] • Because this letter refers to Grace Norton’s visit to New York and is addressed from 102 Mount Vernon Street, it must have been written in early 1882 after Norton’s trip to the city, which occurred in late February 1882 (see HJ to Edwin Lawrence Godkin, 27 February [1882], p. 119), and during James’s short residence at 102 Mount Vernon Street. Further, since HJ himself visited New York beginning 21 March (see HJ to Edwin Lawrence Godkin, [18 March 1882], p. 130), the date for this letter must fall on one of the Fridays after Grace Norton’s visit and before HJ’s: 3, 10, or 17 March 1882. 123 1882 5 10 15 20 25 WILLIAM B. CLOSSON 4 March [1882] ALS The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations, Tintner-Janowitz Collection (uncataloged), box 174, folder 1 ✉ 102 Mount Vernon St. ———— ◇ March 4th. Dear Sir. I am much obliged to you for the charming impression of your engraving of my little portrait. It is at least as good looking as the original, & it was a very kind thought on your part to send it. Believe me very truly yours H James jr W. B. Closson esq. ✉ W. B. Closson esq. 119a Tremont St. City [Postmark:] BOSTON MASS. MAR 4 8PM [Partially legible postmark:] 3 No previous publication < 123.10 ◇ March • [M overwrites illegible letter] 123.12 impression • im- | pression < 123.13 your engraving of my little portrait • William Baxter Palmer 124 The Complete Letters of Henry James 10 15 20 25 30 Closson (1848–1926), American painter and engraver, finished a wood engraving of Henry James based on Timothy Cole’s engraving for the Century, which immediately preceded Howells’s “Henry James, Jr.,” the “original” about which HJ notes here. WILLIAM JONES HOPPIN 4 March [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 986, vol. IX 102 Mount Vernon St. (Boston.) March 4th. My dear Hoppin. I don’t mean to inflict a letter upon you—I only want to write to you just enough to make you write to me! I want to send my greetings to the minister, too, & yet I don’t want to force him to write—an act of delicacy for which I know he will be grateful. It has been on my mind all winter to ask you about your health & happiness, & I was just on the point—some six weeks ago— of executing my project, when an event occurred which forced me to postpone it. My mother died, very suddenly, & her death entailed a great many new obligations & temporary duties. I have now, however, worked many of these off, & indeed, thanks, to the quiet life I am leading, have at present a comparative abundance of leisure—more than I have enjoyed to for several years. I am trying indeed to fill it with work; but even this allows me time to think of old friends. I have thought of you, & I have hoped you have ceased to be an invalid. If you are not well, I trust at least that you are better—that you have got rid of the doctors & are less exclusively in the hands of the fishmongers. It will give me great pleasure to hear that you are out of pain— if you can conscientiously say so. Do also, I beg you, make up for me a little parcel of London items, & trust me to turn it to 125 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 good account. I dont know who but you, for instance, to ask for news of poor Mrs. Duncan Stewart. I’m afraid she is very ill—I am afraid even of something worse. I wrote to her a good while ago, but I have received no answer, & a letter from Mrs. Rogerson, which came several weeks ago, gave a bad account of her. I mean, however, to write soon again to the latter.—My mother’s death has of course changed the complexion of my winter; & it has brought me some very welcome repose. I spent the early part of my stay here in New York—but I shall be for the next two months in Boston; not because I love it very much, ◇ "but!"# because it is convenient. I have taken my passage for England on the 10th of May—but I possibly shall not sail till later. This idea makes me all the more homesick for London, the full extent of my devotion to which I didn’t know until I had put the ocean between us. My country pleases, in many ways, but it doesn’t satisfy, & I sometimes wrap my head in my toga, to stifle (stoically) my groans. I spent several weeks in Washington—an episode which has vivified considerably my consciousness of our national existence. But there were hours in which Washington seemed little else but niggers & asphalte. If one lived here, it would be a resource to go there—but one doesn’t l◇ live here, fortunately! I am indeed an immitigable cockney, & when I next arrive at the Euston Station, I shall fall down & kiss the platform. Please to commend me very kindly to Lowell, who will, I trust, in turn, commend me to Mrs. Lowell. It is a great pleasure to me to think that I shall probably see him in May. Tell him that the other day in Cambridge I went & looked at his house—but that his house is worse without him than he is without it. I send a blessing to Nadal, who I trust is ever young & fair. We all feel quite sentimental & proper about the Queen not having been touched, or even scared. Send me a sketch of London in general & of Westbourne Place in particular, & believe me very faithfully yours H. James jr 126 The Complete Letters of Henry James No previous publication < 124.18 grateful • grate- | ful 124.24 however • how- | ever 124.26 to for • [for overwrites to] 124.33 conscientiously • cons- | cientiously 125.3 am • [m malformed] 125.11 ◇ " • [" overwrites illegible letter] 125.18 consciousness • conscious- | ness 125.21 l◇ live • [i overwrites ◇] < 124.17 the minister • James Russell Lowell (1819–91), the American envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to England from 1880 to 1885. 125.2 Mrs. Duncan Stewart • Harriet Everilda Gore Stewart. 125.4–5 Mrs. Rogerson • Christina Stewart Rogerson. 125.25 Mrs. Lowell • Frances “Fanny” Dunlap Lowell (d. 1885) married James Russell Lowell in 1857. 125.29 Nadal • Ehrman Syme Nadal (1843–1922) was an American author and lecturer who served as the second secretary for the United States Legation in London from 1877 to 1884. HJ reviewed Nadal’s Impressions of London Social Life; with Other Papers; Suggested by an English Residence in the 7 October 1865 issue of the Nation. 125.32 Westbourne Place • A large Georgian mansion in west London. It was, for a time, an address of the Gilder family (see HJ to Helena de Kay Gilder, 3 [February 1880], CLHJ, 1878–1880 2: 115). 127 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 HENRIETTA REUBELL 4 March [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (1047) Boston. 102 Mt. Vernon St. ———— March 4th My dear Miss Reubell. I have just sent you a message through Mrs. Boit; but I won’t content myself with that. I will thank you directly from your amiable note, just received, & echo most heartily h yo¤¤ur¤¤ "your!"# hope that we may meet, in May, in the city of my adoption. I have good prospects of being there at that time, though not, I am sorry to say, positive ◇ ones. The death of my mother, which occurred s / five weeks ago, has altered my prospects & intentions somewhat, & given me certain reasons for prolonging my stay in the Americas. These reasons, however, have a tendency to diminish—so that I shall probably return to England, at least for a while, some ten weeks hence. I am leading at present so very quiet a life that your little whiff of the great Parisian hubbub seems to me the comple d "carnival!"# of dissipation. Marriages & plays, visits from Mrs. Tennant, breakfasts with Hamilton Aidé, causeries with Mrs. Boit, promenades with Laugel—rien n’y manque of the “vie à grandes guides!” Prenez garde, seulement, de verser—with Hamilton Aidé, say, or even with Laugel! Please to give the latter my very friendly remembrances. I passed the month of January in Washington & saw his little im diplomatic son—who has not, however, apparently, the diplomacy to conceal the fact that he is not a very bon jeune homme. He is spoken of as rather vicious— but don’t tell Laugel I said so!—or mention, please, in fact, that I saw the boy, who is, I fear, a hopeless failure. I received just before your letter the "beautiful!"# documents relating to your 128 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 brother’s marriage, for which I was on the point of sending a grateful acknowledgement to your mother, whom I now thank & congratulate. Kindly express also to your brother & his beautiful bride my sincere felicitations. I venture almost to say à bientôt! & in any case I remain, with many good wishes to your mother, very faithfully yours H. James jr No previous publication < 127.11 won’t • [n malformed] 127.12 h yo¤¤ur¤¤ • [y overwrites h] 127.12 yo¤¤ur¤¤ • [canceled with a series of five slash marks] 127.15 ◇ ones • [o overwrites illegible letter] 127.16 s / five • [f overwrites s] 127.25 promenades • promen- | ades 127.26 seulement • seule- | ment 127.29 im diplomatic • [p overwrites m] 128.4–6 felicitations. I venture [. . .] H. James jr • [written across the letter ’s first page] < 127.23 Mrs. Tennant • Gertrude Barbara Rich Collier Tennant (c. 1821– 1918) was married to Charles Tennant, MP (1796–1873), and hosted a London salon. 127.24 Hamilton Aidé • Charles Hamilton Aïdé (1826–1906) was a soldier , novelist, poet, dramatist, and socialite whose London gatherings HJ often attended. 127.25 Laugel • Auguste Laugel (1830–1914) was a French writer, journalist , and Nation contributor who married Elizabeth Bates Chapman (b. 1831). 127.25 rien n’y manque • nothing is missing. 127.25–26 “vie à grandes guides!” • “fast life!” 127.26 Prenez garde, seulement, de verser • Take care, only, in doing it (i.e., the “fast life”). 127.29 his little [. . .] diplomatic son • Léonce Laugel (1859–1936). 129 1882 10 15 127.31 bon jeune homme • fine young man. 127.34–128.1 your brother’s marriage • Jean Jacques Reubell (c. 1850– 1933) married wealthy New Yorker Adeline Emma Post (b. 1853) in January 1882. 128.4 à bientôt • see you later. ABBOTT HANDERSON THAYER 7 March [1882] TLC Creighton University Leon Edel Papers Dear Mr. Thayer. A word to keep up your spirits. I come to N. Y. on the 20th! Ever yours H. James jr. 102 Mt. Vernon St. March 7th No previous publication < 129.15 20th • HJ did not arrive on the 20th but rather on the 22nd. See HJ to Edwin Lawrence Godkin, [18 March 1882], p. 130. 130 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 20 25 30 UNIDENTIFIED 11 March 1882 ALS University of Virginia Library Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Special Collections, Papers of Henry James, MSS 6251-a, box 1, item 38 Boston, March 11th 1882. ———— Dear Madam. I don’t remember to have received from you any of those seven or eight requests for my autograph; & I respond without delay to the present one, thanking you kindly for the value you attach to the poor signature of yours very truly Henry James jr Previous publication: CLQ 34 EDWIN LAWRENCE GODKIN [18 March 1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1083 (392) 102 Mt. Vernon St. ———— Saturday a.m. My dear Godkin. The little delay is of no consequence, & I will come (i.e. arrive) on Wednesday a.m., rather early, as I shall take the Tuesday night train from here. I ought already to have written you to this effect, & was meaning to telegraph you when your letter came. I hope, as it is, that I am not “crowding”—or otherwise incommoding Mrs. Rockwell; to whom, as well as to yourself & Lawrence, I send very genial remembrances. Ever faithfully yours H. James jr 131 1882 20 25 30 No previous publication < 130.29 telegraph • [second e inserted] 130.33 Lawrence • [w malformed] < 130.18 [18 March 1882] • HJ indicates in his 7 March [1882] to Abbott Handerson Thayer (p. 129) that his plan to leave Boston for New York on 13 March, which he had established with Godkin (27 February [1882]), would commence on 20 March (p. 119). The year of this letter must be 1882, the only year HJ lived at 102 Mount Vernon Street. If the delay mentioned in this letter is from Monday the 20th to Wednesday the 22nd, this letter, dated to the previous Saturday, was written on 18 March 1882. 130.32 Mrs. Rockwell • Godkin’s mother’s sister, Katherine Virginia Foote (1839–1902), married Alfred Perkins Rockwell (1834–1903) in 1865. GRACE NORTON [23 March 1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (929) 115 EAST 25TH STREET Thursday ———— Dear Grace. Your letter afflicts, yet gratifies me—though I could give a better reason for the first emotion than for the other. I didn’t give you a good-bye because I hate ’em so much that I perform them only when it is rigidly necessary. It didn’t seem to me to be so for so short an absence—I return on Monday or Tuesday. Meanwhile I try to grow brilliant, & the brilliancy of N. Y.—with the brightness of my hosts—helps me a little. But I am in for a quiet life & shan’t see many more people than you did at Mrs. Swifts, who has always, by the way, seemed to me so misnamed.—I am 132 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 sure Theodora enjoyed the dinner—if all the more that she got in by such a tight squeeze—& if I had been there you couldn’t have talked about me—at least I hope not. We talk about you— & would still, indeed, even if you were here. I shall come as soon as I get back, to assure you that in future I shall never subject you to a painful operation without ethr◇ etherizing you first! Ever yours H. James jr No previous publication < 132.5–7 that in future [. . .] H. James jr • [written across the letter’s first page] 132.6 ethr◇ etherizing • [er overwrites r and illegible letter] < 131.18 [23 March 1882] • In March 1882 HJ traveled to New York City to visit Edwin Lawrence Godkin (see HJ to Abbott Handerson Thayer, 7 March [1882], p. 129, and HJ to Edwin Lawrence Godkin, [18 March 1882], p. 130); he left Cambridge on 21 March and returned sometime on or before 29 March (HJ to Isabella Stewart Gardner and HJ to Arthur George Sedgwick, both 29 March [1882], p. 133 and pp. 133–34, sent from 102 Mount Vernon Street). The only Thursday between these dates is 23 March 1882. The information in this letter would then date HJ’s return to Cambridge to 27, 28, or 29 March. 131.32 my hosts • Edwin Lawrence Godkin and his family. 132.1 Theodora • Theodora Sedgwick (1851–1916), who lived with her sister Sara and their maternal aunts, Anne and Grace Ashburner, on Kirkland Street in Cambridge; their home was located between the Shady Hill estate of the Nortons and the Jameses’ residence at 20 Quincy Street. 133 1882 5 10 25 30 ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER 29 March [1882] ALS Archives, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston 102 Mt. Vernon St March 29th Dear Mrs. Gardner. So very, very kind. . . ! I shall see you, in a day or two, the very first moment you are able—& tell you about the delicious little plan & the select very few. I most tenderly deplore your illness & rejoice in your convalescence. Most faithfully yours H. James jr Previous publication: Zorzi 84 < 133.10–11 your illness • Gardner’s illness seems to have been relatively minor, with a “relapse” mentioned in HJ’s letter to her of 7 April [1882] (p. 139) and, apparently, a complete recovery by the writing of 12 April [1882] (p. 142). ARTHUR GEORGE SEDGWICK 29 March 1882 TLC Creighton University Leon Edel Papers 102 Mt. Vernon St. March 29th 1882 My good wishes, my dear Arthur?—my very best, and most cordial, and most affectionate; and the same to Miss Tuckerman, whose acquaintance I shall take the earliest opportunity of making. May you enjoy what I lately heard called a “dual union” (not duel,) and be always serenely and imperturbably happy! When I contemplate you I shall feel more out in the cold than 134 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 ever; but you will have a charming fireside at which, at the worst, I shall be able occasionally to warm myself. It torments me a good deal that I have not met Miss Tuckerman, (as I thought I had;) but if I have not seen the rose I have at least seen the flower that lives near it, and judging by the fragrance of this charming plant.......! I leave you to complete the metaphor, which may serve as a bouquet to present to the two amiable sisters. I repeat, however, my compliments and congratulations to the Rose herself—whom I imagine as divinely blushing—I shake hands with you, dear Arthur, most effusively, and remain, more than ever Very faithfully yours, Henry James jr. No previous publication < 134.13 Henry James jr. • [copy-text reads HENRY JAMES jr.; probably Edel’s formatting] < 133.22 ARTHUR GEORGE SEDGWICK • Lawyer, writer, and editor for the Nation (1872–84) and the New York Evening Post (1881–85). HJ had known Sedgwick (1844–1915) since they were young men in Cambridge. 133.30 Miss Tuckerman • Lucy Tuckerman (1858–1904). 133.32 “dual union” • Lucy Tuckerman married Sedgwick on 16 November 1882. 134.7–8 two amiable sisters • Arthur Sedgwick’s two surviving sisters, Sara Price Ashburner Sedgwick (1839–1902) and Theodora Sedgwick (1851–1916). 135 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 JOHN MILTON HAY 5 April 1882 ALS Brown University John Hay Collection 102 Mt. Vernon St. Boston. April 5th 1882. ———— My dear Hay. I should value the note of your gracious & mysterious friend supremely, if I didn’t value yours still more. It gave me great pleasure to hear from you again, across such abysses of time & space. There is a certain fatuous naïveté in saying that, in view of the unblushing amiabilities of your letter. However, it would be still more naïf in me to pretend that I don’t like being praised too much better than being praised just enough. Seriously, I thank you for your friendly & hearty words, & it will always be a great pleasure to me to remember—when I am tempted to lengthen out a little—that you, at least, won’t object to it. But I promise not to abuse of your tolerance. I have been spending the last five months on this side the ocean, & it was a part of my plan to make a little Western journey—much needed on my part—& alight, among other places, at Cleveland. But about the middle of the winter I had to change all this, & I have spent the last eight weeks in this secluded spot. I haven’t given up my Western journey—I have only put it off till I come over again. I return to England next month; but I come back here within the year following. As I write this I look out on Louisbourg Square, where Howells has pitched his tent, & I reflect, with envy, that he has the advantage of not wanting to go abroad{, finding his native land more than sufficient for literary purposes. He is right in being shy of the dismal fate of trying to live in two countries—in two worlds— at once. There is a woful intellectual straddle in the attempt, & 136 The Complete Letters of Henry James my poor legs ache with it. However, you applaud the feat & I’m consoled. I send many good wishes to Mrs. Hay & remain very faithfully yours H. James jr. Previous publication: Monteiro 1: 86–87 < 135.10 mysterious • [m malformed] 135.12 again • [n malformed] 135.31 {, • [, overwrites .] < 135.1 JOHN MILTON HAY • Author and statesman John Milton Hay (1838–1905) had a number of literary friends, including Henry Adams, Samuel Clemens, Constance Fenimore Woolson, and William Dean Howells. In 1875 Hay helped HJ secure the position of Paris literary correspondent for the New York Tribune, for which Hay also wrote. Hay served as US assistant secretary of state (1879–81), ambassador to England (1897– 98), and US secretary of state (1898–1901, 1901–5). 135.12–13 across such abysses of time & space • HJ’s first extant correspondence with Hay dates to July 1875 (21 July [1875], CLHJ, 1872–1876 2: 225–28). Their first meeting may have occurred only a few months before , perhaps facilitated by their mutual friend, William Dean Howells. The previous extant letter from HJ to Hay is dated 18 August [1875], and while correspondence from the intervening years may have been lost, Hay wrote on 29 March [1882] that “I have not seen you nor written to you for years” (Monteiro 1: 85). The pair’s last known meeting before this letter took place in May 1878 while both were visiting London. 137 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 FRANCES “FANNY” ANNE KEMBLE 5 April 1882 TLC Houghton bMS Am 1237.16, box 2: H–K (Kemble) 102 Mount Vernon St. Boston. April 5th. 1882 Dear Mrs Kemble, I have before me your gracious letter of the last of February. Believe me that I thank you tenderly for your friendly sympathy in all that we have felt in regard to my dear mother’s death. As the weeks have gone by they have made us at once miss her more and yet desire less that she should be back here again. There have been troubles and anxieties; and the sense that she is at rest forever from all these pains and pangs is on the whole the best sense we can have.—Suffer me to say that I smile with derision—absolute and unmitigated—when you speak of my getting “weaned” from my London loves and longings by remaining over here. If I were able to make it clear to you how little danger there is of that result, I should be almost ashamed to. The catastrophe won’t happen now, at any rate, for I sail for old England on the 10th of May. This is chiefly what I wish to tell you. I shall see you so soon that I can add other items at our leisure. My plan of spending the summer in America has evaporated—thanks to its appearing, as time goes on, that there is no need of it. My father is much better than he was a month ago, and will not listen to my making any “sacrifices” for his sake—amiably considering that I have made enough in spending three months in Boston, to be à sa portée. So I shall greet you face to face, most honoured friend, at a much earlier day than I a little while ago ventured to hope. I shall turn up in Bolton St. about May 21st or 22nd, and hope extremely that in spite of the convulsions of your domicile you will still be in town. Your 138 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 picture of that domicile is most lugubre, and the image of your noble person seeking a precarious subsistence in the London eating-houses brings tears to my eyes. When I get back you must dine with me at my club! I have heard from Mrs Wister on her return from the tropics, but of course you have heard more fully. I have also heard from Mrs Procter, who writes as neatly as she talks, and from whose firm and brilliant surface the buffets of fate glance off!—I am very sorry your new book is indecent! I shall risk the shock, on the first opportunity. I delight in your conversation whether printed or uttered, and I am thankful that the people who can’t enjoy the latter may have a little compensation in the former. I am impatient to sail, and you are for a great deal in it. Ever most faithfully— Henry James jr. Previous publication: HJL 2: 381–82 < 137.18 derision • de- | rision 137.34 domicile • dom - | icile 138.12 impatient • im- | patient < 137.22–23 I sail for old England on the 10th of May • HJ left New York on 10 May 1882 (see also HJ to Owen Wister, 25 April [1882], p. 152, and HJ to Thomas Sergeant Perry, [29 April 1882], p. 154); he landed in Queenstown, county Cork, Ireland, and spent “three or four days” there and in Dublin (HJ to Edwin Lawrence Godkin, 5 June [1882], p. 165). He arrived in London on 22 May 1882 (HJ to Mary Lucinda Holton James, 25 May [1882], p. 159). 137.30 à sa portée • close at hand. 138.1 lugubre • dismal. 138.8 your new book • Records of Later Life. 139 1882 5 10 15 20 ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER 7 April [1882] ALS Archives, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston 102 Mt. Vernon St. ———— April 7th ———— Dear Mrs. Gardner. I am extremely sorry for your relapse—which is a relapse for all of us; but I cannot too strongly express the hope that you will conform rigidly to the orders of the ingenious & exasperating Bigelow. On these terms we may perhaps see you again, with impunity, at an early date. It is a great novelty for us to find ourselves dangerous—though it mortifies us a little to reflect that we assume this character only as the hand of fate makes you defenceless! My little volumes will be innocuous at any rate: I hadn’t them myself, & had to borrow them from Cambridge. Of the three new things (so to speak) they contain, the Man of Fifty is the best. He wishes you a speedy & uninterrupted recovery & will soon "come!"# & see that it is going on. Very faithfully H. James jr Previous publication: Zorzi 85 < 139.10 your relapse • James first mentioned Isabella Stewart Gardner ’s unnamed illness in 29 March 1882 to Gardner (p. 133n133.10–11) and addressed her recovery in his 12 April [1882] letter to her (p. 142). 139.13 Bigelow • Henry Jacob Bigelow (1818–90) was Isabella Stewart Gardner’s physician. 139.17 My little volumes • HJ’s two-volume publication, The Madonna of the Future and Other Tales (1879), contained three pieces previously published only in magazines (“Longstaff’s Marriage,” “Benvolio,” and “The Diary of a Man of Fifty”) and also three others that had been published in 140 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 the United States (“The Madonna of the Future,” “Madame de Mauves,” and “Eugene Pickering”). GRACE NORTON 11 April [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (937) 102 Mt. Vernon St. Dear Grace. I didn’t come in last night, because I was "too!"# dusty & untidy for a “dinner-company!” Thank you very kindly for your other suggestions. Friday happens to be the only one of the days you mention that I am disengaged; I will come with pleasure on that evening at 7. Another of my reasons for hanging fire last night was that I have had been long projecting a call at Shady Hill—& saw my opportunity for making it. Charles was (mostly) out, & I spent the evening with the children—very happily. Very hastily & faithfully H. James jr April 11th ———— No previous publication < 140.18 have had • [d overwrites ve] < 140.18–19 Shady Hill • The Norton family’s Cambridge estate, Shady Hill, was located between Beacon and Kirkland Streets and between today’s Museum Street and Divinity Avenue near the James family’s Quincy Street address. The Norton family home, also called Shady Hill, was toward the north side of the property near Beacon Street at present- 141 1882 20 25 30 day 136 Irving Street. Grace Norton had moved into her own home, very close to Shady Hill on the corner of Irving and Farrar Streets, in 1881 (see HJ to Grace Norton, 18 August [1881], CLHJ, 1880–1883 1: 251, 252n251.10). 140.19 Charles • Charles Eliot Norton (1827–1908) was an influential author, editor, and scholar. He was professor of the history of fine art at Harvard (1873–98), translated Dante, edited the North American Review (1864–68), and was one of the founders of the Nation. He lived near the James family and was an early mentor of HJ, publishing some of his first review articles and introducing him in 1869 to prominent individuals in London. Norton married Susan Ridley Sedgwick in 1862, and the couple had six children. 140.20 the children • The six children of Charles Eliot Norton and Susan Sedgwick Norton (d. 1872): Eliot (1863–1932), Sara “Sally” (1864– 1922), Elizabeth “Lily” (b. 1866), Rupert (1867–1914), Margaret (1870– 1947), and Richard (1872–1918). THOMAS SERGEANT PERRY 11 April [1882] ALS Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine ✉ Dear Tom. I shant be able to come to the dinner—but I shall come soon & see you—& your’s. Ever the same H. James jr April 11th ✉ T. S. Perry esq. 312 Marlborough St. Boston. 142 The Complete Letters of Henry James 10 15 20 [Postmarks:] BOSTON MASS. APR 11 8PM[;] 4-11-82 9P C No previous publication ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER 12 April [1882] ALS Archives, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Wednesday ———— Dear Mrs. Gardner. To come to you to be punished is almost a reward. I am delighted you are better. I shall give myself the pleasure of coming tomorrow, as I am obliged to go to Cambridge to-day. Be well, be happy, &, above all, be good! Very faithfully yours H. James jr 102 Mt. Vernon St. April 12th Previous publication: Zorzi 87 143 1882 5 10 15 25 30 ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER 14 April [1882] ALS Archives, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston 102 Mt. Vernon St. ———— April 14th ———— Dear Mrs. Gardner. I am shut up with a bad throat (it got much worse last night, & I have been in bed all day;) so that I am sadly afraid it won’t "wouldn’t!"# do for me to undertake our little performance on Monday. It distresses me much to put it off—but won’t you say Thursday instead? Now that I am really taking care of myself I shall get better; but I shan’t have any voice to speak of (or with) for three or four days. But I shall come & see you on one of the first of them & find you, I hope, in perfect health. Ever faithfully yours H. James jr Previous publication: Zorzi 88 ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER [16 April 1882] ALS Archives, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Dear Mrs. Gardner You will be afflicted to hear that I am a good deal better, & have been out this morning. However, when I next see you I shall probably gratify you with the traces & ravages of misery. You remind me of a Roman Lady of the Decadence, at the Circus: I myself being the Christian Martyr! If your mysterious unknown comes on Thursday I will with pleasure come on 144 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 20 25 30 Wednesday (say) or Saturday: (I mean of course) if either of these days suits you; as to which I await further information.— I am not at all Roman—I am Greek! Therefore I delight in your, (I trust,) continued amendment. Ever faithfully yours H James jr 102 Mt. Vernon St. Sunday noon. ———— Previous publication: Zorzi 90 < 143.34 unknown • un- | known < 143.29 a good deal better • HJ was recovering from a sore throat; see HJ to Isabella Stewart Gardner, 14 April [1882], p. 143. ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER [16 or 17 April 1882] ALS Archives, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Dear Mrs. Gardner. I have just found your note, & am deeply gratified by your amiable impatience. I have, however, to my great regret made an engagement for Wednesday! Kindly contain yourself, & I will be, on Thursday everything you can desire. I hope you haven’t meanwhile made an engagement for Thursday? If I n hear nothing more I will come on that day at seven. Many regrets for our incompatibilities.—I am a Greek as I admire you—& a Xtian martyr as you persecute me. Ever H. James jr 145 1882 25 30 Previous publication: Zorzi 93 < 144.27–30 Thursday? [. . .] H. James jr • [written across the letter’s only page] 144.27 n hear • [h overwrites n] < 144.19 [16 or 17 April 1882] • This letter was likely written between HJ’s [16 April 1882] (pp. 143–44) and [17 April 1882] (p. 145) letters to Isabella Stewart Gardner. In the former, HJ wrote that he would like to come visit Gardner on the upcoming Thursday but that he could also come Wednesday or Saturday if her “mysterious unknown” appeared on Thursday. In this letter, HJ apologizes for making other plans on Wednesday and suggests Thursday as an alternative. HJ also repeats a figure from [16 April 1882] to Gardner comparing her to a fine Roman lady and himself to both a Christian martyr and a Greek. The letter of [17 April 1882] to Gardner seems to follow, as it confirms a Thursday date and again mentions the “mysterious unknown.” The letter of [16 April 1882] was written at noon on a Sunday, and that of [17 April 1882] is dated to a Monday morning, which would put this letter at Sunday night, 16 April 1882, or very early on 17 April 1882. ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER [17 April 1882] ALS Archives, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Dear Mrs. Gardner. Many thanks to the mysterious unknown. I will turn up on Thursday at seven—with my sermon in my pocket. I am getting odiously better. If you could be odious, I should hope the same of you. Bien à vous, Madame, H. James jr Monday a.m ———— 146 The Complete Letters of Henry James 15 20 25 30 Previous publication: Zorzi 92 < 145.24 [17 April 1882] • This letter follows [16 April 1882] (pp. 143–44) and [16 or 17 April 1882] (p. 144) to Isabella Stewart Gardner. The former mentions setting up a visit for the nearest Thursday, unless a “mysterious unknown” makes plans for Gardner that night, in which case Wednesday or Saturday also works with HJ’s schedule. In the latter, HJ apologizes for having just made plans for Wednesday and again proposes a Thursday date. This letter verifies that Thursday date and again uses the phrase “mysterious unknown.” 145.31 Bien à vous • Sincerely yours. JULIA WARD HOWE 18 April [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 2214 (214) 102 Mt. Vernon St. April 18th ———— Dear Mrs. Howe. I’ll come, distinguished Julia, With the greatest satisfaction! ’Twould be indeed peculiar To resist such an attraction! ———— —Excuse this lyric rhapsody—the natural result of the prospect before me on Friday at 1.30. I shall burst into snatches of song at regular intervals until the occasion arrives. I am extremely sorry to hear of your having been laid up with lameness, & had I known of your condition would have presumed to come & sit by your couch. But I hope to find you entirely re-established. With many greetings to your daughter, Very faithfully yours H. James jr 147 1882 15 20 25 30 Previous publication: Elliott 86 < 146.27 result • [u malformed] < 146.30 lameness • On 4 March 1882 Julia Ward Howe badly sprained her left knee as she stepped out of her carriage. Her doctor subsequently “sentenced [her] to six weeks of (solitary) confinement.” She still managed to conduct her affairs until the splint was removed on 16 April 1882 (Richards, Elliott, and Hall 73, 76). 146.33 your daughter • Maud Howe Elliott (1854–1948). FRANCIS J. GARRISON 20 April [1882] ALS Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine Dear Mr. Garrison I certainly ought already to have sent you Miss Bruen’s address, & can plead nothing but chronic bewilderment as my excuse: Miss Bruen 2 Walnut St Boston. ———— It was her earnest hope & prayer that you should be able conscientiously to praise the archducal books. Sooner than sh see them blamed she would I surmise prefer the mantle of silence. She also desires (much, I suppose,) to repossess them. In all this I am her simple interpreter—though why I should be (except that she asked me) I hardly know! I shall be in N. Y. from the 7th to the 10th, when I sail for England, & shall of course see you. Ever yours H. James jr 102 Mt. Vernon St April 20th ———— 148 The Complete Letters of Henry James 15 20 25 30 No previous publication < 147.12 FRANCIS J. GARRISON • (1848–1916), the son of American abolitionist , suffragist, and social reformer William Lloyd Garrison. With his brother Wendell Phillips Garrison (1840–1907), Francis J. Garrison coauthored William Lloyd Garrison, 1805–1879: The Story of His Life Told by His Children, released in four volumes between 1885 and 1889. 147.17 Miss Bruen’s • Mary Lundie Bruen (1828–86), sister-in-law of noted Boston art critic Charles Callahan Perkins (1823–86). EDMUND CLARENCE STEDMAN 20 April [1882] ALS The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations, Tintner-Janowitz Collection (uncataloged), box 174, folder 1 102 Mt. Vernon St. Boston. April 20th Dear Mr. Stedman. Howells has just read me a portion of a letter from you in which you make inquiry about foreign lodgings, & as he (who hasn’t been in foreign lands for a good many years) seemed rather at a loss how to advise you, I ventured to say to him that perhaps I might be able to give you a few suggestions. If they prove to be at all useful, I shall be very happy.—In Venice there are lots of furnished rooms, which are let by the day, week or month, & where the tenants usually dine & breakfast at the restaurants & cafés. I spent the months of March, April, May & June last at No. 4161, Riva dei Schiavoni, where I had a little fourth floor (4 rooms) which were meagrely & hideously furnished, but where the rent was so low, the view so divine (four windows on the lagoon,) & the situation so convenient, that it was a very tolerable habitation. I wrote there the larger 149 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 part of my last novel. (I had to fee◇ feed out, entirely,—in the Piazza:) the best place is the Café Quaddri.) The house I speak of, you would perhaps deem too modest: try then the Casa Barbier—there are three different branches of the establishment, all on the Grand Canal. Or try the Casa Chitarin (where there are Baths.) Or the Casa Foscolo (beautiful.) Any gondolier knows these places; knows also lots of other addresses of lodgings (wherever you see a white paper on the blind.) You will be rather late for Rome, but thanks to that fact (the thinning out of the strangers,) will have your pick of rooms. Those on the Corso are the best (with sun.) Walk up and down, & go in & ask wherever you see a card hung out with Camere mobigliate. "There are dozens of such.!"# There too you will dine abroad. I don’t think you spoke of Florence, but there are many "little!"# apartments there. Try the house on "the corner of the!"# Piazza Sta. Maria Novella & Via della Scala, I forget the number (I think 10 or 12) where I once had excellent quarters for several months—though the buxom landlady won’t (any more than the one in Venice) remember my name. They never do! I used to know Switzerland very well—but I don’t know Germany much. In the former country, it is an embarrassment (of riches) to recommend you the rural retreat you desire. Don’t bury yourself too much or you will be bored. I am not particularly fond of Switzerland myself; would give it all for one hour of Italy. But the places are legion, & of every kind. Do you want a mountain or a valley, a lake or an altitude, a town or a lonely dell? (The towns are rural enough.) The upper part of the Lake of Geneva (from Lausanne to Villeneuve) is a chain of little resorts; & the lake of Lucerne the same. In the former case the scenery is tame, though lovely; in the latter, superb. Doubtless, however, you know all that. Try the Axenstein, & Seelisberg, on the L. of Lucerne: though I am bound to say they are not quiet. Or Try the glorious Grindelwald—though that is not quiet, either. The truth is none of the good places in Switzerland are 150 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 quiet in July in August. If a place is wrapped in repose, there are probably objections to it.—A few years ago I spent two summers in Germany: one at Homburg (near Frankfort;) the other at Baden Baden. The latter place (now that the gaming is dead & gone) is an enchanting spot & if I wished to settle down for a "few!"# weeks (in Germany) & do a little work I should choose it again. ◇ (I wrote a large part of Roderick Hudson there.) It has every comfort, lots of quiet, & the loveliest scenery I know; I am much addicted to walking & in this respect Baden is delightful. I worked all the morning, & spent the afternoons strolling through the Black Forest. In the evenings I listened to the music at the Kursaal: it was a charming summer. Excuse this dry & inadequate enumeration. Perhaps it may assist you a little. I go abroad on May 10th—& hope we may meet. Yours very truly—H. James jr Previous publication: Horne 137–38 < 148.22 inquiry • in- | quiry 149.1 fee◇ feed • [d overwrites illegible letter] 149.2 ) the • [th overwrites )] 149.6 beautiful • beau- | tiful 149.9 thinning • [second n malformed] 150.7 . ◇ ( • [( overwrites illegible letter; . inserted] < 148.12 EDMUND CLARENCE STEDMAN • Edmund Clarence Stedman (1833–1908) was an American journalist, popular poet, banker, literary critic, and literary anthologist. 149.15 Try the house • HJ lived from April through June 1874 at 10 Piazza Santa Maria Novella, where he wrote Roderick Hudson. 150.2–3 A few years ago I spent two summers in Germany • HJ lived in Bad Homburg from early July through mid-September 1873 and in Baden Baden from late June through early August 1874. 151 1882 5 10 25 30 ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER 24 April [1882] ALS Archives, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston 102 Mt. Vernon St. April 24th ———— Dear Mrs. Gardner. I hope you may find health & happiness in New York. I am very sorry to say that on Thursday I have "am!"# tied fast; but on Friday, at 7, if that suits you, I shall be delighted to come with my little entertainment. I await your orders—not your reproaches! Very faithfully yours—H. James jr Previous publication: Zorzi 94 < 151.13 faithfully yours—H. James jr • [written across the letter’s only page] OWEN WISTER 25 April [1882] ALS Library of Congress Owen Wister Papers, box 25 102 Mt. Vernon St. April 25th ———— My dear Owen Wister. Hurrying to my rooms last evening at 6.45, just in time to "dress to!"# dine out, I found your note with the ticket for the operetta, which it was very kind of you to have taken it into your preoccupied young head to send me. I was engaged to dinner (under circumstances which forbad my leaving early;) so that I was unable to make use of the ticket. I didn’t see my way at the 152 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 moment (especially as I was in frantic haste) to get it back to you—so I solved the problem by simply leaving it at the door of another friend who lives close to me, & who, I knew, would be glad to go to your entertainmt if he could—(Mr. Frank Boott, a friend of your mother’s.) He did go, & he has just come in to tell me that he did "has!"# never been more amused & pleased. Also that he sat next you—whereupon I rebuked him for not mentioning to you how he came to be occupying my seat. This please understand, with my regrets for myself.—I am glad you are better of your ailment—which I was pleased to hear yesterday from your mother was light. I sail for England on the 10th, "May,!"# & dine at Butler Place on the 8th. Later in the summer I shall see you over there. Very truly yours H. James jr No previous publication < 152.4 entertainmt • [misspelled] < 151.21 OWEN WISTER • Wister (1860–1938) was a writer and the son of HJ’s close friend Sarah Butler Wister. His best-known novel, The Virginian , helped establish the cowboy as an American literary folk hero. Wister and HJ remained friends until HJ’s death. Owen Wister was an undergraduate at Harvard in April 1882. 151.30–31 the operetta • The Emma Abbott Grand English Opera Company performed Friedrich von Flotow’s Martha, or the Market at Richmond at the Globe Theatre in Boston on 24 March 1882. 152.4 Mr. Frank Boott • Francis Boott (1813–1904) was an amateur composer and musician who raised his daughter, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Boott, in Florence after the deaths of his wife, Elizabeth Otis Lyman (1817–47), and their infant son. 153 1882 5 10 15 20 EDWARD WALDO EMERSON 28 April [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1280.226 (3735) 102 Mt. Vernon St. April 28th ———— My dear Edward. It is very good of you to find time among your grave preoccupations—which we all share with you, & have been sharing, for many days past—to write me & my father that kind note. Of course we are inden !"#intending!"# to be at Concord on Sunday, & your special invitation is touching to us. We shall come—I speak for my father, though he is rather feeble & infirm—to the service at the house. It Thank you for recurring to the idea of my visit. I am afraid I hardly see my way to it now—as it just been settled that I leave Boston (for Europe) on the 5th or 6th.—Your father’s death only brings his beautiful life & the work of his great mind, & the influence of his noble spirit, home to us all. I send a very kind remembrance to your mother & Miss Ellen—that is, I mean, to both your sisters. If my father were here there is much he would ask me to say. Very faithfully yours H. James jr No previous publication < 153.15 It Thank • [Th overwrites It] < 153.1 EDWARD WALDO EMERSON • Edward Waldo Emerson (1844– 1930), youngest child of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Lidian Jackson Emerson . He was a writer, poet, lecturer, physician, and painter. 153.9–10 grave preoccupations • Emerson’s father, Ralph Waldo Emer- 154 The Complete Letters of Henry James 10 15 20 25 30 son (1803–82), died on 27 April 1882. Sr. and Emerson were longtime friends, and Emerson was WJ’s godfather. 153.20–21 your mother & Miss Ellen • Lidian Jackson Emerson (1802– 92), Edward’s mother, and Ellen Tucker Emerson (1839–1909), his sister. 153.21 both your sisters • Ellen Tucker Emerson (1839–1909) and Edith Emerson Forbes (1841–1929). THOMAS SERGEANT PERRY [29 April 1882] ALS Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine ✉ Dear Tom. I am afraid to engage for the Club on Friday next as I may leave on that day for the shining Orient: (that is for N. Y., en route, on the 10th.) If I don’t, I leave Saturday. Do let me see you, somewhere, somehow. I am riddled with engagements till I leave. I give up these rooms (perforce) Monday, & on that p.m. go to Newport, till Wednesday a.m. Then I shall be at the Parker House till I leave—but never at home! Send a line to me here at my father’s 131 Mount Vernon St.—Ever yours H. James jr Saturday ———— ✉ T. S. Perry esq. 312 Marlborough St Boston [Partially legible postmarks:] BOST[ON] MASS. AP[R] 2[. . .] 8[2] [;] 4-29-82 240P C 155 1882 15 20 25 30 No previous publication < 154.18 engagements • en- | gagements < 154.10 [29 April 1882] • HJ left for Europe on Wednesday, 10 May 1882. The dinner invitation that HJ must decline is for the preceding Friday , 5 May 1882. Therefore, the Wednesday he left Newport and the Monday he moved out of 102 Mount Vernon Street are 3 May and 1 May, respectively. The Saturday immediately preceding HJ’s leaving Boston is 29 April and therefore the most probable date for this letter. ELIZABETH ELLERY SEDGWICK CHILD [3 May 1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1922 (343) Boston, Wednesday. Dear Mrs. Child. Just returned from Newport, I find your kind invitation to dine on Thursday. I am very sorry to say that I have an engagement for that purpose, of some days’ standing, st now hanging over me. It is my last dinner but one, in Boston, & I have promised it to a person with whom ever since I returned from Europe it has been a question of my dining, without the event coming off. We have no other chance, & I don’t dare to “back out.” I wish I did! Your note is such a prodigy of grace & wit that nothing less but "than!"# the rupture of some social law could properly commemorate it. My inability to accept your invitation, even if I were to wrap it up in a hundred fine phrases, would still be a gross & awkward contrast to it. Let me not therefore lingering !"#over!"# it but send you all my thanks, regrets & good wishes. Very faithfully yours H. James jr 156 The Complete Letters of Henry James 20 25 30 No previous publication < 155.14 [3 May 1882] • On 1 May 1882 HJ moved out of his rooms on Mount Vernon Street and left for Newport. He stayed there only briefly, leaving Newport for Parker House on 3 May, which was a Wednesday and fixes the date of this letter (see HJ to Thomas Sergeant Perry, [29 April 1882], p. 154). The date 3 May 1882 would place the Thursday mentioned in this letter on 4 May, a likely date for HJ’s “last dinner but one in Boston ,” since he likely left for New York on 6 or 7 May (see HJ to Francis J. Garrision, 20 April [1882] p. 147). 155.23 last dinner • Extant letters do not provide details on this engagement , but they indicate that HJ canceled a plan with Thomas Sergeant Perry and hoped to visit with Perry before leaving the country (see HJ to Thomas Sergeant Perry, [29 April 1882], p. 154). GRACE NORTON 25 May [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (931) 3 Bolton St. Piccadilly. May 25th ———— Dear Grace. Only a word of greeting from terra firma; to tell you that I have arrived & survived. There wasn’t much to survive, as I had the brightest & fairest, as well as the shortest, voyage in my numerous l record. England looks green, & London looks black, & I am very glad to be here—though "I doubt much!"# if I could tell you just why I am glad—any better than I did that evening in Cambridge, when I remember that I made a very lame business of it.—I have been but three days in London & have already met 350 people (to speak to.) The whirlpool of the season, however, 157 1882 5 10 15 doesn’t draw me in & I shall keep out of it this year—even though I have already six engagements to dinner. The night I got back I found cards for three parties (for that night,) to none of which I went. I left the ship at Queenstown, & tried to see something of Ireland & the Land League. But I saw little save some very green fields & dirty cabins, & perceived that to explore the subject would take more days than I had to give. So behold me settled, after a fashion, in London, where I have already spent an hour with J. R. Lowell, who seemed easy & happy, in spite of the suspects & his apparently probable recall. Mrs. L. is betteer better than I had heard her represented, & better than when I left.—How is Cambridge, & how are you? Is it summer— or is it winter?—for it certainly can’t be spring!—I have a certain fear that you miss me—or shall I call it a certain hope? Whatever it is, the missing won’t hurt you, & I rather like the idea. Excuse the apparent cynicism of this, which is only one of the multitudinous forms of the affection with which I remain, dear Grace, very faithfully yours—H. James jr Previous publication: HJL 2: 382–83 < 156.29 l record • [r overwrites l] 157.11 betteer better • [r overwrites er] < 157.9 J. R. Lowell • James Russell Lowell. 157.10–11 Mrs. L. is [. . .] better • Frances “Fanny” Dunlap Lowell (d. 1885) had been ill for some time, suffering from typhus and also mental illness (see HJ to Sarah Butler Wister, 14 November 1880, CLHJ, 1880– 1883 1: 96n94.18). 158 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 MARY LUCINDA HOLTON JAMES 25 May [1882] MS photocopy Creighton University 3 Bolton St. Piccadilly W. May 25th ———— Dear Mary. I meant to have written you before I left America, to tell how sorry I was that the winter should "have!"# come & gone without my seeing you. But as it turns out, it is better that I should send you a few words after my return to my London habitation than that you should have heard from me in the hurry & preoccupation of my last days in Boston. This is especially the case as I am able to give you some news of poor Bob, who is at present with me at the above address. You will already have heard of his having come to England—either from himself or from the people at home [. . .] know how lately he may have written to you; but he has writte[n] to father since his arrival here (which took place some 12 d[a]ys ago,) & I have done the sam[e] with[in] the last three days. They will probably in any case have forwarded some news of hi[m] to you from Mt. Vernon St. [You] will know what a disma[l] failure his attempt to go ◇ t[o] the Azores in a sma[ll] schooner was, & how little comfort or well-being he found on arriving at Fayal. His vessel was too small, the weather horrible, there was noth[in]g to eat, and he was horribly "extremely!"# knocked up. He got as soon as possible upon an Engli[s]h steamer coming here, & arr[i]ved here about at the mom[en]t that I was sailing from New York. I consequently found him here awaiting me when I reache[d] London ” (though he h[a]d been staying in the country, at a small water-cure, until that day. I am keeping him here with me, & he seems glad to remain for the present. He seems ◇ 159 1882 5 10 15 much shaken & “flattened=out” by his wretched voyage (I don’t mean from T the Azores here, for that was comfortable, but t[he] first,) & it will take him some time to recover. But I have no doubt he will do so before long. He is very nerv[ous &] depressed, & his back & head got very bad while he was at sea. But he seems already better than when I arrived (on the 22d;) & I will give you more news of him—at least through my letters to Father, which I take for granted he will send you. I suppose Bob writes to you—but am unable to ascertain. Excuse the meagreness of this report, & take it as an expression of [m]y sympathy for you & Bob both. I am full of compassion for him—though he is a trying companion!—because his very constitution & character are so unhappy. I left Father & Alice very well—both of them apparently taking a new lease of life in consequence of their move into Boston—a singularly fortunate change. I hope your little girl is really better, & send her most my blessing as well as to the Boy. Believe me dear Mary, very affectionately yours H. James jr No previous publication < [the bracketed insertions are conjectural emendations required by illegibilities in the photocopy] 158.25 ◇ t[o] • [t overwrites illegible letter] 158.32 ” ( • [ ( overwrites ,] 158.34–159.1 ◇ much • [m overwrites illegible letter] 159.1 flattened=out • flattened= | out 159.2 T the • [t overwrites T] 159.15 consequence • conse- | quence 159.17–19 as well [. . .] H. James jr • [written across the letter’s first page] < 158.1 MARY LUCINDA HOLTON JAMES • Mary Lucinda Holton (1847– 1922) married Robertson James (1846–1910), the youngest son of Sr. and 160 The Complete Letters of Henry James 25 30 MWJ, in 1872. They had two children: Edward “Ned” Holton James (1873–1954) and Mary Walsh James (Vaux) (1875–1956). 158.14–15 hurry & preoccupation of my last days in Boston • HJ’s last two weeks in America before his return to Europe were busy with dinners and other engagements, including Ralph Waldo Emerson’s funeral in Concord on 30 April 1882 (see HJ to Edward Emerson, 28 April [1882], p. 153). HJ had given up his room at 102 Mount Vernon Street on 1 May, visited Newport until the 3rd, and then stayed at the Parker House in Boston until leaving for New York on the 7th. From Boston HJ left for Europe on the 10th (see HJ to Francis J. Garrison, 20 April [1882], p. 147; and HJ to Thomas Sergeant Perry, [29 April 1882], p. 154). 158.16 poor Bob • RJ, who struggled with alcoholism and depression, suffered difficulties with employment and his role as husband and father. 158.24–25 his attempt to go [. . .] t[o] the Azores • Two months after MWJ’s death, RJ took an unexpected trip to Fayal, in the Azores. He had planned to stay abroad for one year, but after only two weeks sailed on to Saint Michael (São Miguel), the nearest island, and from there to Lisbon. Ill from the voyage and deeply depressed, he finally traveled to London and waited for HJ’s arrival from the United States. WILLIAM RALSTON 26 May [1882] ALS The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations, Tintner-Janowitz Collection (uncataloged), box 174, folder 1 3 Bolton St. W. ———— My dear Ralston. Many thanks for your information about Turgénieff, of whose convalescence I am delighted to hear, & to whom, on receipt of your note, I immediately wrote. Oddly enough, the 161 1882 5 10 25 30 same post that brought me yours, brought me one from him,”"introducing a Moscow friend,!"# written five weeks ago & sent to America, whence it had been returned to me. I should be very glad indeed to see you, & the first time you are "I am!"# in your quarter shall certainly knock at your door. I am very sorry you have lost your visit to Russia with Ivan Sergéitch, but I hope it is only postponed. Very truly yours H. James jr May 26th ———— No previous publication < 161.1–2 , ”" • [" overwrites ,; first , inserted] < 161.6 Ivan Sergéitch • Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev. THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH 1 June [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1429 (2559) ATHENÆUM CLUB PALL MALL 3 Bolton St Piccadilly W. ———— June 1st. ———— My dear Aldrich. Will you have another article? I send you one by this post in another cover. When I first got back here (10 days ago,) I 162 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 had "put!"# myself en ren règle with society by going to see the pictures & the plays: hence these tears! You told me you have !"#had!"# made up the Atlantic for 4 months ahead; & as this is a thing of “actuality,” it "out to ought to!"# go in rather promptly. I hope therefore that your arrangements are not immutable. Give me news of my MS. when you turn up on July 1st. Make as happy a voyage as I did in the Gallia in eight days & nine hours. Find London as much London as I am doing. Be patient meanwhile, & temper the editor with the philosopher. Take your packing easily & your exercise regular. I shall probably send you a thing or two more. I am to read D. M. next week to a London Manager. Ever yours H. James jr P.S. I should add that my article must—oh, must—be rigidly anonymous, for all sorts of good reasons which I will explain when I see you. ———— No previous publication < 162.1 ren règle • [g overwrites n] 162.4 out to ought • [g overwrites t; t overwrites to] < 161.32 I send you one • “London Pictures and London Plays.” 162.1 en [. . .] règle • in proper form. 162.7 Gallia • Cunard liner SS Gallia. HJ wrote that his recent voyage from New York to Queenstown, Ireland, on the Gallia was “the brightest & fairest, as well as the shortest, voyage in my numerous l record” (HJ to Grace Norton, 25 May [1882], p. 156). 162.11 D. M. • HJ’s dramatic version of Daisy Miller. 163 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER 5 June [1882] ALS Archives, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston REFORM CLUB, PALL MALL.S.W. 3 Bolton St. Piccadilly. W. June 5th My dear Mrs. Gardner. A little greeting across the sea!—I meant to send it as soon as I touched the shore; but the huge grey mass of London has interposed. I experience the need of proving to you that I missed seeing you before I left America—though I tried one day—the one before I quitted Boston—but you were still in New York, contributing the harmony of your presence, & the melodies of your toilet, to the din of Wagnerian fiddles & the crash of Teutonic cymbals. You must have passed me in the train that last Saturday; but you have never done anything but pass me—& dépasser—me; so it doesn’t so much matter.—That final interview—that supreme farewell—will however always be one of the "most!"# fascinating incidents of life—the incidents that didn’t occur, & leave us to muse on what they might have done for us.—I think with extraordinary tenderness of those two pretty little evenings when I read you my play. They make a charming picture—a perfect picture—in my mind, & "the memory of them!"# appeals to all that is most raffiné in my constitution. Drop a tear—a diminutive tear (as your tears must be—small but beautifully=shaped pearls,) upon the fact that my drama is not after all to be brought out in New York (at least for the present.) I had a fundamental disagreement with the Manager & got it back from him just before sailing. It is possible it may see the light here—I am to read it to the people of the St. James’s t Theatre next week. Please don’t speak of this. London seems big & black & horrible & delightful—Boston seems only the last-named. You i◇◇ indeed could make it horrible for me 164 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 if you chose; & you could also make it big; but if I doubt if you could make it black. It would be a fair & glittering horror— suggestive of icicles & white fur. I wonder if you are capable of writing me three words? Let one of them tell me you are well. The second—what you please! The third that you sometimes bestow a friendly thought upon yours very faithfully H. James jr Previous publication: Lubbock 1: 92–93; Zorzi 95–96 < 163.12 though • [second h malformed] 163.19 farewell • fare- | well 163.27 beautifully=shaped • beautifully= | shaped 163.29 disagreement • [n malformed] 163.32 t Theatre • [T overwrites t] 163.34 i◇◇ indeed • [nd overwrites illegible letters] < 163.10 I touched the shore • HJ landed in Queenstown, Ireland, on 18 or 19 May and arrived in England a few days later. HJ wrote in his 1 June [1882] letter to Thomas Bailey Aldrich that his voyage aboard the SS Gallia , which was scheduled to depart New York on May 10, lasted only “eight days & nine hours” (p. 162). He was in his rooms at 3 Bolton Street by 22 May (HJ to Mary Lucinda Holton James, 25 May [1882], p. 159). 163.18 dépasser • surpass. 163.23 my play • Daisy Miller. 163.25 raffiné • refined or subtle. 163.29–30 a fundamental disagreement with the Manager • Daniel Frohman (1851–1940), manager of the Madison Square Theatre in New York, rejected HJ’s stage adaptation of Daisy Miller because it relied on too much dialogue and was “‘too literary’” (Edel, “Editor’s Foreword” 117). In return, HJ didn’t trust the theater’s owners, with whom he seems to have met about the play’s production. Of the owners, the Mallory brothers, he wrote that the “[p]roprietors behaved like asses and sharpers combined” (James, The Complete Notebooks 232). 165 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 163.31 see the light here • Daisy Miller was never produced as a play during James’s lifetime. EDWIN LAWRENCE GODKIN 5 June [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1083 (393) REFORM CLUB, PALL MALL.S.W. 3 Bolton St. Piccadilly June 5th. My dear Godkin. It was my plan to write to you from Ireland, if Ireland should prove inspiring: but I am sorry to say she did not. I disembarked at Cork, on the 9th day of a beautiful voyage, & spent three or four days in that c city and in Dublin—but I soon perceived that to get even a glimpse of the Irish Revolution I shld. have to take several days & wander about the country—a course for which I was not prepared, having neither the time nor acquaintances, nor letters of introduction Cork & Dublin offered nothing abnormal save a good many constables & soldiers & the latter place a better than the usual British Hotel. There was no inducement to indulge "resolve!"# my sel◇ impressions into eloquent prose; so I have waited till to-day to send you my greeting. It is only the more cordial—as separation has become more serious. I have had time to resume my vicious little habits—writing my letters here, for instance, & to begin & look at New York through the golden mists of memory. They show it to great advantage—make it poetical & “tender.” London seems big & black & actual—it is a brutal sort of place compared with New York. But I revert to it with a kind of filial fondness— which is a proof, I suppose, that I have become brutalized. It seems complicated & complete, & very “smart” or very foul, 166 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 according to the way you look at it. What strikes me most is the fine physique & handsome appearance of the people—alas, they beat us there. I have seen Lowell, who is in good spirits, in spite of transatlantic rumblings, & has invited me to dinner tonight —to meet (inter alios) the Countess of Jersey!—Knowles has asked me to write in the 19th Century a rejoinder to Matt. Arnold’s article about America; but after thinking a bit of it I have declined, in compliance with a vow I long since took not to descend into the arena of controversy & never to embark on a defense of my native land, which seems to me rather worse than an attack upon it. Let the English discuss America among themselves; meanwhile she does well enough; & I limit my ambition to producing from time to time a soigné work of art! L Hold on to your plan of coming of over, & let Lawrence do the same. It will give you lots to think about. Meanwhile I have relapsed—but I am none the less of both of you, the very faithful & grateful—H. James jr Previous publication: Horne 139–40 < 165.17 c city • [ci overwrites c] 165.24 inducement • induce- | ment 165.32 fondness • fond= | ness 166.4–5 to- | night • to-night 166.14 L Hold • [H overwrites L] 166.14 of over • [v overwrites f] 166.14 Lawrence • [w malformed] < 166.5 Countess of Jersey • Margaret Elizabeth Leigh (1849–1945) became the Countess of the Island of Jersey upon her 1872 marriage to Victor Albert George Child-Villiers, the 7th Earl of the Island of Jersey. She was also invested as a Dame Commander, Order of the British Empire (DBE). 166.5 Knowles • James Thomas Knowles (1813–1908) was the founder and editor of the Nineteenth Century. 167 1882 10 15 20 25 166.6–7 Matt. Arnold’s article about America • “A Word about America.” 166.13 soigné • carefully done. 166.14 Lawrence • Godkin’s son, Lawrence Godkin. ELIZABETH EBERSTADT LEWIS 14 June [1882] ALS Bodleian Library Oxford Dep. c. 834 f. 104–5 3 Bolton St W. June 14th ———— Dear Mrs. Lewis. I am extremely sorry to say I am not venturing to make any engagements after June 25th, as there is an uncertainty about my being in town. It is very possible that I shall be absent, & in the "my!"# doubt I obey the adage & abstain. I don’t venture of course to delay my reply to your kind invitation—I should have to delay it for some time. I shall not at all events del abstain from seeing you very soon. Believe me with many thanks & regrets Very faithfully yours H. James jr No previous publication < 167.19 venture • [t inserted] < 167.7 ELIZABETH EBERSTADT LEWIS • Elizabeth Eberstadt Lewis (1845–1931) was the second wife of prominent lawyer Sir George Henry Lewis (1833–1911). She kept a well-known salon at their home, 88 Portland Place, London. 168 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 167.17–18 an uncertainty about my being in town • HJ did not leave town as he had anticipated but remained in London until August 1882. 167.19 obey the adage • i.e. “When in doubt, abstain” (Lawson and Mateaux 60, 61). ELIZABETH EBERSTADT LEWIS 16 June [1882] ALS Bodleian Library Oxford Dep. c. 834 f. 4–6 ✉ 3 Bolton St. W. June 16th Dear Mrs. Lewis. I didn’t dare to ask you to let me wait a little; & it is very kind of you to give me leave of your own accord to do so. I avail myself of it with delight; & promise to let you ◇ you know the first moment I see my way a little. I am not at liberty now to make any engagements far in advance, but I take a hopeful view.—Unselfish? I was never more so than when I lowered that dusky veil over the opportunity of dining with you. Very faithfully yours H. James jr ✉ Mrs. George Lewis 88 Portland Place W. [Postmark:] LONDON S.W ZX JU 16 82 S.W. 38 No previous publication < 168.17 ◇ you • [y overwrites illegible letter] 169 1882 5 10 15 20 ELIZA LYNN LINTON 20 June [1882] TLC Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University Leon Edel Papers 3 Bolton st. w. June 20th. Dear Mrs. Linton, You certainly write better than I when it is a question of writing eulogies. Let me thank you for this bunch of flowers which I have been inhaling with infinite satisfaction. I greatly value your judgement of my books, for you judge as one who knows and understands. So much the better for me if you are so pleased. You won’t be particularly, by the way, with Washington Square: it is the poorest thing I have done being monotonous and meagre. But I recommend you with more confidence the two shorter tales that are bound with it. There is a hideous misprint in some volumes of the Portrait, which I hope you won’t discover. I hope indeed that they have sent you a corrected copy. I wish you rest and courage. But you have the latter—and courage is rest. Very faithfully and gratefully yours, H. James. Previous publication: Edel, Prefaces 121 < 169.1 ELIZA LYNN LINTON • Elizabeth “Eliza” Lynn Linton (1822– 98) was a novelist, journalist, and vehement antifeminist. She married engraver and poet William James Linton (1812–97) in 1858; they separated in 1867. 169.17–18 the two shorter tales • Macmillan and Company published “A Bundle of Letters” and “The Pension Beaurepas” with Washington Square in 1881. 170 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 20 25 30 THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH 27 June [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1429 (2547) 3 Bolton St. W. June 27th ———— Dear Aldrich. Will you dine with me alone, on Sunday, at the Reform Club, "Pall Mall!"# at 8? Then we can talk. Don’t dress unless you want to. "I probably shan’t.!"# And don’t make a sacrifice for it— but say you will come only if you have "not!"# the prospect of something better than the stale society of yours ever H. James No previous publication ELIZABETH EBERSTADT LEWIS 3 July [1882] ALS Bodleian Library Oxford Dep. c. 834 f. 101–3 ✉ 3 Bolton St. W. July 3d Dear Mrs. Lewis. I must express my extreme regret for my deplorable disfigurement of your dinner last night. But I was really extremely unwell & my only safety was in flight. I thought when I arrived that I should be able to see it out—but when I got to table I saw that this was not the case—in spite of the truly angelic influence of that lovely Miss Lehmann. It was well that I departed, for by the time I got home my situation was critical 171 1882 5 10 25 30 & my head aching to sl split. There are other details which I will spare you: I allude to them only to assure you that I fought the battle as long as I could & deserted my flag only when I was severely wounded. As to what I lost—I scarcely venture to think! I am better this morning—much: though still rather seedy. I shall come & see you as soon as I am quite right.—Think of me not as a criminal, but as a victim, & believe me very faithfully yours H. James jr ✉ Mrs. George Lewis 88 Portland Place. W. No previous publication < 171.1 sl split • [p overwrites l] 171.7 criminal • [first i inserted] < 170.33 Miss Lehmann • Probably Miss Nina Frederika Mary Teba Lehmann (1861–1933), daughter of Liberal politician Augustus Frederick Lehmann (1826–91) and Jane Gibson Chambers Lehmann (1830–1902). FRANK 6 July [1882] ALS Williams College Chapin Library 3 Bolton St Piccadilly W. July 6th My dear Frank. I enclose you with great pleasure the two autographs you ask for—though I confess that the multiplication of my 172 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 signature during the last six months (while I was in America,) seems to me to have deprived it of all value.—It gives me great satisfaction to learn that you are well occupied, & are able to attend to your work. May you go on comfortably & happily— I shall always be glad to hear about you. I have been back in London a month & feel as if I had never been absent. I saw Lewis Carnes yesterday, who told me that Serena was to remain for the present in America—so that I may send you "them!"# & all her mother & sisters, my friendly remembrances through you. Keep up your spirits, do your work as well as possible & I am sure you will get on. Ever affectionately yours H. James jr No previous publication < 172.1 last six months (while I was in America,) • HJ arrived in the United States on 31 October 1881 and set sail from New York on 10 May 1882. 172.7 Lewis Carnes • Lewis Mortimer Carnes (1837–93). 172.7 Serena • Serena Mason Carnes (1847–91), daughter of Henry (1819–91) and Lydia Lush James Mason (1820–97), married Lewis Mortimer Carnes in 1867. 172.9 her mother & sisters • Serena’s mother, Lydia Lush Mason, and sisters Lydia Stringer (1840–1918), Helen (1841–97), and Gertrude (1842–88). 173 1882 5 10 15 FREDERICK MACMILLAN 12 July [1882] ALS British Library Add. MS 54931, f. 91–92 July 12th ———— Dear Macmillan. Would you kindly give the printers a push about my Point of View (the tale they were to set up) which they have had since Monday week? The time has passed since I was to have sent it to America, & I am somewhat discomfited. They haven’t sent me, either, the batch of Daisy Millers—wh◇◇ "but!"# that doesn’t particularly matter. I shall come & see you—after the 20th! Have you a correspondent at Alexandria? Yours ever H. James jr Previous publication: Moore 70 < 173.12 somewhat • some- | what < 173.11 The time has passed • “The Point of View” was printed, at HJ’s expense, by Macmillan and Company in July 1882 so that HJ could send it to the United States for the purpose of protecting his American copyright. It was published in the December 1882 Century Magazine and included in the first American edition of The Siege of London, The Pension Beaurepas, and The Point of View (1883). 174 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 ELIZA LYNN LINTON 23 July [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094.1 (165) 3 Bolton St W. July 23d ———— Dear Mrs. Linton. I think no friendly words about my books give me more pleasure than yours—I take so much pleasure in your pleasure. You really judge—you measure things by a standard—& when you tell me that I have done well, I see the best reason for believing it. If I have, so much the better. There is a great deal of labour & effort in my things, & if all this doesn’t altogether fail of the mark I am delighted to know it. You tell me so with a generosity & sincerity which give an added price to the evidence, & which, I assure you, touch me very deeply. Such praise as that doesn’t spoil, I think; it helps "stimulates!"# & assists. One intends so much more than one achieves that it is a ple blessing to think there are a few acute spirits who have guessed the secret of what one would have done. One writes for the public, perhaps—but one writes to those few. I shall always write to you in future—most intelligent & liberal of readers, most positive of friends! In this distracting & bewildering world, I find there is a certain ideal of form, of art, of execution, of beauty, that one can hold on to—but I shall always have another hand "free,!"# to shake yours!—I hope you are having a commodious summer, & congratulate you on being out of London, of which the entanglements are inhuman. Fortunately the close of the Season cuts the knot! Isabel & her spouse are not the Stillmans, whom I don’t know—they are not any one, or rather any two. I send you a thousand good wishes. Very faithfully yours H. James jr 175 1882 15 20 25 30 No previous publication < 174.29 congratulate • con- | gratulate 174.32–34 or rather [. . .] H. James jr •[written across the letter’s first page] < 174.31 the Stillmans • American Pre-Raphaelite painters (and husband and wife) William James Stillman (1828–1901) and Marie Spartali Stillman (1844–1927) (see HJ to Grace Norton, 5 November [1872], CLHJ, 1872– 1876 1: 136n135.19). ELIZABETH EBERSTADT LEWIS 27 July [1882] ALS Bodleian Library Oxford Dep. c. 834 f. 7–8 ✉ 3 Bolton St. W. July 27th ———— Dear Mrs. Lewis. The simplest way of answering your amiable questions is to say that I shall be very happy indeed to come to you on Saturday afternoon, 5th. Very faithfully yours H. James jr ✉ Mrs. George Lewis Ashley Cottage Walton-on-Thames. ———— 176 The Complete Letters of Henry James 10 15 20 25 30 [Postmark:] LONDON • S.W 12 JY 28 82 S.W 51 No previous publication WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS 28 July [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1784 (253)-40 3 Bolton St, Piccadilly W. July 28th ———— Dear Howells. Welcome to old England & to such rest & refreshment as an I trust not too abominable voyage may have caused you to yearn for! I hope that neither Mrs. Howells nor any "other!"# of you is knocked up, & that if you are, the sight of these dusky shores will ease off the situation. Do let me know at your first convenient moment, after the perusal of this, when I "may!"# prepare to do the honours of the metropolis for you. I have taken for you a set of very good rooms at No. 18 Pelham Crescent, South Kensington. S.W. This is not the Bloomsbury Region, but I shrank from that—for reasons I will impart. I will also, in the freedom of conversation, tell you why I took these;—roughly speaking, it was because I knew them to be good, whereas I didn’t know it of others. I engaged them only for a week, so that you can easily quit them if they don’t suit or if they are too dear. They are dearer than some & cheaper than others: i.e. 4 guineas ($21) a week for a drawing-room, dining room & three good bedrooms, in a quiet, salubrious, genteel, but unfashionable, situation. As soon 177 1882 5 10 as you telegraph me by what train you come, I will let your landlady know, order your dinner "(or your lunch,)!"# &c, & then come to Euston to meet you. There are two ways of coming™ "from Liverpool:—!"# by Euston "to the!"# Euston station, or to St. Pancras. Take the former! You will without difficulty get a carriage to yourselves; a shilling to the Guard will make it sure. You are much expected here the fame of your advent prec◇◇ preceding you, though the town unfortunately is rapidly emptying itself. I repeat my hope that you have suffered no sea-change, & await your news. Ever yours H. James jr Previous publication: Anesko 221–22 < 177.3–4 ™" • [" overwrites—] 177.8 prec◇◇ preceding • [second e overwrites illegible letters] < 176.16 Welcome to old England • Howells and his family departed from Quebec on 22 July and docked in Liverpool on 30 July; they arrived in London the next day. 177.26–27 for reasons I will impart • HJ’s friend Anne Benson Skepper Procter had coincidentally vacated her rooms at 18 Pelham Crescent, making them available for the Howellses (see HJ to Sr., 31 July [1882], p. 178). 178 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 HENRY JAMES SR. 31 July [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (1923) REFORM CLUB, PALL MALL.S.W. 3 Bolton St. W, July 31st ———— Dear Father. I have a letter from Alice, to acknowledge—of July 10th, the first written from Manchester™ & giving me an account of its charms. It is deeply delightful to me to think of your having & such a cool & suitable refuge, & I hope your life is easy & happy there. I try to think of dear mother being there in spirit, looking at you—being the soul of your pure breezes—& rejoicing for you at what she had not in life! May all go well with you for all the summer. I should like to see the sight of your hand if only for ten lines. Alice tells me about you, but who is to tell me about her? The hated “Season” is over, dead & done with, & comparative peace has descended upon my spirit. Bob is still at Llandudno, & writes me very little—scarcely at all, from which I infer that things go well with him.—I shall without difficulty, I think, persuade him to go later to Whitby, on the Yorkshire Coast, where he will have superabundant society in the persons of the Smalleys, Du Mauriers, & Freshfields. "who are there for 2 months!!"# Mrs Smalley has promised to take a great interest in him. London is, socially, empty, & we are at last having some lovely warm weather, after weeks of rain.—I stay here for the present; it is the best place for me. An hour hence I go to meet Howells at the Euston Station, having taken apartments for him & his family in South Kensingtons /—rooms vacated by Mrs. Procter. I th send you by this post a thing which is to appear before long in the Century, & which I had printed in the form I send you, here, because I grow more nervous about 179 1882 5 10 15 20 25 trusting valuable MS.—& now my MS. has become valuable, to the transatlantic post. As it is now not my property, & is to be of course a secret till the Century publishes it, please destroy it as soon as you have read it & speak of it to no one. It will probably call down execration on my head in the U. S. A. I have also just sent a long article on Du Maurier to the Century, but please speak also of this to one "no!"# one, as the articl is to be anonymous. I have engaged to do considerable work for that magazine for the coming year—it is the best paid thing, & it is tantamount to publishing in England, as the Century has a large circulation here. I suppose Mary & her children are now with you, & complete the gaiety of the scene. Tell the former I thank her very kindly for her letter of July 16 14th.—I am hoping to hear from William soon about his plans, as they will help me to shape my own. Alice’s mention of his plan "project!"# of bringing Alice !"#his wife!"# & children was, I take it, a false alarm. I shall discourage his doing so till he can do it more pecuniously. To bring them here for a “Season” would be luxurious, but "fatally!"# expensive. I dined with Lowell three days ago, with a number of men—the first time I had ever dined with him. Rather dull, & roasting hot. Mrs. L., who is bad, "but better,!"# is at the Isle of Wight. I send you "regularly!"# the two illustrated papers, & the Cornhill & Macmillan—I hope they come. I will very soon write again. I embrace you all. ever your H. James jr No previous publication < 178.11 ™ & • [& overwrites—] 178.12 delightful • de= | lightful 178.22 difficulty • [y inserted] 178.31 Kensingtons /— • [—overwrites s] 179.7 articl • [misspelled] 179.13 16 14th • [4 overwrites 6] 180 The Complete Letters of Henry James 179.19 dined • [n malformed] 179.23 illustrated • illus- | trated < 178.11 Manchester • Alice James’s house in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. 178.21 Llandudno • A seaside resort town in Conwy County Borough, Wales. 178.25 Smalleys, Du Mauriers, & Freshfields • George Washburn Smalley (1833–1916), a journalist and the London-based correspondent for the New York Tribune, and his wife, Phoebe Garnaut Smalley (1838–1923); George du Maurier (1834–96), novelist and illustrator of the British satirical magazine Punch, and his wife, Emma Wightwick du Maurier (b. c. 1841); and Douglas Freshfield (1845–1937), a British lawyer and mountaineer, and his wife, Augusta Charlotte Ritchie Freshfield (1847–1911). 178.32 Mrs. Procter • Anne Benson Procter (1799–1888), widow of the author Bryan Waller Procter, who wrote under the pseudonym Barry Cornwall. 178.32–33 which is to appear before long in the Century • “The Point of View” was published in the December 1882 Century Magazine, but it was first printed, at HJ’s expense, by Macmillan and Company in July 1882 to protect his US copyright. 179.6 a long article on Du Maurier • “Du Maurier and London Society.” 179.8–9 considerable work for that magazine for the coming year • Over the next year and a half, the Century published HJ’s “The Point of View,” “Du Maurier and London Society,” “The Correspondence of Carlyle and Emerson,” “Anthony Trollope,” “Alphonse Daudet,” “Tourgéneff in Paris: Reminiscences by Daudet” (HJ’s anonymous translation from the French), and “The Impressions of a Cousin.” 179.11 Mary & her children • Mary Lucinda Holton, RJ’s wife, and their two children: Edward “Ned” Holton James and Mary Walsh James (Vaux). 179.14 William soon about his plans • WJ spent his 1882–83 sabbati- 181 1882 5 10 15 cal year abroad, visiting colleagues in Germany, Prague, Venice, Paris, and London. WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS [1 August 1882] APS Houghton bMS Am 1784 (253)-41 When you come to morrow, do bring with you, if not inconvenient, the sheets of the Modern Instance. H. J. jr. W. D. Howells Esq. 18 Pelham Crescent South Kensington. S. W. [Postmark:] LONDON •W ZX AU 1 82 Previous publication: Anesko 222 < 181.11 inconvenient • in- | convenient < 181.11 the Modern Instance • Howells’s A Modern Instance, then in serialization in the Century Magazine. 182 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 ELIZABETH BOOTT 2 August [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (558) 3 Bolton St. W. Wednesday, Aug. 2d. ———— Dear Lizzie. I don’t know where you are nor where to address this, but I nevertheless begin it. Your letter of the 15th lies before me, & most tenderly thankful I am for it.—I am deeply grieved to hear you have been ill—having a nurse &c—& I reproach you keenly for not having given me more details.—But let me hope that the pretty Scotchwoman has had the happy influence that a person of that nationality & capacity once had upon me, years ago, during an acute attack. Stia bene, in short.—I myself am as well as can be expected of a poor man who has emerged rather breathless & panting from a London June & July. August has come, thank heaven, & brought with it rest & peace—or almost so. I am to remain here till the end of the month: my plans after that are unformed. London at this moment is rather close & unbreathable, & I think with envy of the little airs that flutter up from your Magnolian tides. But I shall have a little country, at moments, during the rest of the summer; & I enjoy the independence & material commodities of London. I don’t know whether to reckon our friend Mrs. V. R. among these! It may interest you to know that she is round the corner, that she arrived in London the day after I returned here and settled herself at 20 steps from Bolton St, & that she apparently intends to remain here for three weeks longer, when she goes for two months to America. You can see her there, if you long for the privilege, & contemplate her rotundity & her coiffure! 183 1882 5 10 15 20 25 I have not seen much of her, as I have had other duties, & she, fortunately, has had other pleasures, being now a good deal lancée, strange as it may appear, in London society (through the Inglesi she is civil to during the winter in Rome.) But isn’t she "a!"# good example of the irrepressible? (Not a word about this, please, to any one!) I have had an uncomfortable overcrowded summer—& there was a difficult moment when Mrs. V. R., Mrs. Boit, Miss Reubell & Mrs. Wister were all here together! Mrs. W., who was tired & worn, but very gracious, has gone to join her mother in Switzerland.—I am delighted to hear that you have moments of homesickness, & I wish you would return to your native countries for those waters you speak of. Come, do come, & I will accompany you to any springs! Your pleasant words about the paternal cottage gratify me much, & I hope that Father & Alice will find life easy there. You say little "nothing!"# about art—& little about your Father (whom I "may!"# call Nature—though Nature is usually called a mother.) How does he survive an American dispensary of “summr board”—with his particularités? I think I see the faint, thin crescent moon of Europe rising on "in!"# your sky—May it speedily mature? Are you going to Bostonize next winter?—Do come & live in London.—Think of me often & write to me sometimes. I wish you were more irrepressible. Tell Mrs. Warren about V. R., but no one else. I embrace you both—your father particularly! Ever very faithfully—H. James jr I cant think where to address you—unless to Mrs. Greenough! No previous publication < 182.33 contemplate • [m malformed] 183.18 summr • [misspelled] 183.26 I cant think [. . .] Greenough! • [written across the letter’s first page] 184 The Complete Letters of Henry James 20 25 30 < 182.13 been ill • Boott’s illness lasted into autumn 1882 (see HJ to Elizabeth Boott, 7 October [1882], p. 206). 182.17 Stia bene • Be well. 182.27 Mrs. V. R. • Anna Lovice Whitmore Van Rensselaer (1840– 1918), widow of Phillip Livingston Van Rensselaer. She was then residing in Italy (see also HJ to Elizabeth Boott, 25 September [1880], CLHJ, 1880– 1883 1: 63, 64n63.30, 21 December [1877], 26 January [1878], and 3 April [1878], CLHJ, 1876–1878 2: 3, 26, 83). 183.3 lancée • started, initiated, launched. 183.4 Inglesi • English people. 183.23 Mrs. Warren • Alice Bartlett Warren (1843–1912), longtime friend of Lizzie Boott and HJ. 183.26 Mrs. Greenough • Frances Boott Greenough (1809–97), wife of architect Henry Greenough (1807–83) and paternal aunt of Elizabeth Boott. EDMUND GOSSE 2 August [1882] ALS Leeds University BC Gosse Correspondence Dear Gosse. I am very sorry I go out of town tomorrow, to remain till Tuesday—that is, with the interval only of Friday in town. I am unable, therefore, to accept your kind invitation for Sunday. But shall come & see you on after I return. Very truly yours H. James jr 3 Bolton St. W. Aug. 2d. Previous publication: Moore, Gosse 27 185 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 GRACE NORTON 2 August [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (932) 3 Bolton St. W. August 2d ———— My dear Grace. I had, literally, my pen in my hand to write to you half an hour ago when young Opdyke & young Welling made their appearance with your note, which was as superfluous as it was agreeable. They have just gone (after talking awhile "— inevitably!—!"# about the Royal Academy, Henry Irving &c,) & I may now go on with my letter, with the added impetus of their genial & welcome little visit. I am still of the opinion that I like young Americans to come & see me; though I rather wonder why, when I think of the little I can do for them. These, at any rate, are sweet young fellows & I shall strive to do what I can.— Your other letter was the one I was just going to answer—I can’t identify it by its date for I have sent it off to Mrs. Kemble—so liberally did I construe your defense! She takes your account of Miss Ellen Parkman’s (whom I don’t know) hymene◇ hymeneal plans very philosophically however, & greatly admires the wit & grace of your letter: of your letters, rather, I should say, for this is not the first of these communications that I have imparted to her. She is now in Switzerland, with Mrs. Wister— far away from, & deeply indifferent to, the considerable talk her new book is making here. I mean the second series of her Memoirs, which have lately appeared in three stout volumes: two "too!"# voluminous, & ill put together, but full of interest, of wit, & above all, of life. "If it appears in the U. S. read the parts about Philadel. 40 years ago!!"# The Season, thank God, is over, & I have survived it—to feel sure that I shall never pass 186 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 another—till the next! I am fond of the London August, & this one is something like Summer—even too much so. I stop on here till the end of the month, & then depart for regions as yet unknown. I have a sense of something like leisure. I can work, & in the afternoon I can take the sixpenny steamer on the Thames, & go down to Greenwich & dine. ™ By which I mean that I have done so once! Howells is here, & I have inducted him & his impedimenta (terrible ones I should find some of them!) into lodgings in South Kensington & , where he expects to spend some weeks, I believe, finishing a novel. His industry is wonderful, & I am told the Modern Instance no "which!"# I have not yet read, has all the elements of a great success. John Hay is also here—do you know him?—with his big, handsome, vaccine wife; & him too I try & look after a little—I can’t forget my compatriots even if I would (which I wouldn’t!) for shoals of them, chiefly feminine, (“passing through London”—for a month or two!) have been on my back ever since I returned. I dined five days ago with Lowell, a dinner of men, chiefly American, enhanced however by Browning, John Morley, Lecky Aubrey de Vere, &c. He seemed in good spirits, having got Mrs. L. conveyed to the Isle of Wight by his sister.—And you, dear Grace, where are you, & how? Not in Cambridge, I trust, for Cambridge just now must be rather flat; though I can, after all, imagine you comfortable at "and!"# at leisure, in your spacious, darkened house, without interruptions to the long hot days, a few good books, a light camisole—is that what you wear?—& plenty of iced lemonade—is that what you drink? All this, that is, if Miss Loring hasn’t arrived! Apropos of Miss Loring, I met ever so long ago Miss Hogarth, Miss Dickens & Miss !"#Mrs.!"# Perugini—with all of whom I talked of you till I didn’t know whether we were in Cambridge or you where "were!"# in Bayswater. Do come there, some day—somehow. I hope your Summer isn’t insupsuportable & am your devotissimo H. James jr 187 1882 No previous publication < 185.9 my • [m malformed] 185.10 when • [n malformed] 185.22 Ellen • [n malformed] 185.22 hymene◇ hymeneal • [illegible letter struck out] 186.6 ™ By • [ By overwrites—] 186.9 & , • [ , overwrites &] 186.32 some day • some | day 186.33 insupsuportable • insup- | suportable; [misspelled] < 185.10 young Opdyke & young Welling • Leonard Eckstein Opdycke (1858–1914) and Richard Ward Greene Welling (1858–1946), members of the Harvard class of 1880. They both became lawyers. Opdycke was in an 1881 performance of Oedipus Tyrannus at Harvard’s Sanders Theater (Foley 265). 185.22–23 Miss Ellen Parkman’s [. . .] hymeneal plans • Ellen Twisleton Parkman married William Warren Vaughan on 16 October 1882. 185.28 her new book • Frances “Fanny” Anne Kemble’s Records of Later Life. 186.19 John Morley • Editor of the Fortnightly Review and general editor of Macmillan and Company’s English Men of Letters series, Morley (1838–1923) was also a British Liberal statesman, historian, and writer. He proposed that HJ write a book on either Washington Irving or Nathaniel Hawthorne. 186.20 Lecky • William Edward Hartpole Lecky (1838–1903), Irish historian and political theorist. 186.20 Aubrey de Vere • Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902), Irish poet and literary critic. 186.28–29 Miss Loring • Katharine Peabody Loring (1849–1943), AJ’s friend and caretaker. 186.29 Miss Hogarth • Georgina Hogarth (1827–1917) was the sisterin -law of Charles Dickens and a family friend of the Nortons. 188 The Complete Letters of Henry James 10 15 20 186.29 Miss Dickens • Mary “Mamie” Dickens (1838–96), the eldest daughter of Charles Dickens. 186.30 !"#Mrs.!"# Perugini • Catherine “Kate” Elizabeth Macready Perugini (1839–1929), daughter of Charles Dickens and wife of painter Carlo Perugini (1839–1918). WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS [4 August 1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1784 (253)-45 3 Bolton St W. Friday. ———— Dear Howells. Here is a recommendation, presumably very good, of a tutor. There is the drawback that he couldn’t begin immediately, but in your place I would write to him. I write to Mrs. Smally to-day about the French governess, as I don’t hear from Mrs. Macmillan. I shall try & look in at you this evening. Ever H. James jr No previous publication < 188.19 Mrs. Smally • Phoebe Garnaut Smalley (1838–1923; see HJ to William Dean Howells, 8 August [1882], p. 189), wife of London-based correspondent for the New York Tribune, George Washburn Smalley. 188.21 Mrs. Macmillan • Lady Georgiana Elizabeth Warrin Macmillan , wife of Frederick Macmillan. 189 1882 5 10 25 30 WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS 8 August [1882] ALS Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center (#55) Aug. 8th 3 Bolton St. W. Dear Howells. Here is Mrs. Smalley’s note about the tutor, &c. & Mrs. Stanley Clarke’s memorandum "for Mrs. Howells,!"# about shops. The advice about Sloane St, which is near you, is good. Yours ever H. James jr No previous publication < 189.8–9 Mrs. Stanley Clarke • Mary Temple Rose Clarke (d. 1913), wife of Sir Stanley Clarke (d. 1911). She was the daughter of Lady Charlotte Temple Rose (1833–83). WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS [10 August 1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1784 (253)-46 3 Bolton St. W. Thursday. 11.15. a.m. Dear Howells. I forgot to say last p.m. that if you would come in this afternoon at 5. I would go down with you to the Athenaeum & show you the ropes. Don’t answer, but come if you can. And keep yourself free to dine with me on Wednesday next, 16th. Yours ever H. James jr 190 The Complete Letters of Henry James 15 20 25 30 No previous publication < 189.22 [10 August 1882] • The year must be 1882, when Howells was in London and HJ helped him and his family to settle for their long visit. HJ invited Howells to dine with him “Wednesday next, 16th” and dated this letter “Thursday. 11.15. a.m.” The Thursday before 16 August in 1882 was the 10th. HJ to William Dean Howells, 12 August [1882], pp. 190–91, also notes the Athenæum visit mentioned here. WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS 12 August [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1784 (253)-47 3 Bolton St. W. ———— Dear Howells. I was in hopes you would turn up yesterday afternoon, as you couldn’t come the day before, that I might conduct you "to!"# the importunate Athenaeum; & I was on the point, an hour ago, of telegraphing you to come for the same purpose to-day, when I got a telegraph telegra"m!"# from my brother "Bob,!"# announcing his arrival in town some time to-day & probable re-departure, with my assistance, for Yorkshire: which, as I myself” go into the country at 6 o’clock, would leave us little opportunity for our visit. I go down into Bucks. this evening & return either on Monday morning or on Tuesday early—in time to meet you & Winnie, for Loseley, at the Waterloo station for the 10.35 train to Guildford. Be there five or ten minutes before, & take your two return-tickets for the said Guildford. In the meantime, if the spirit moves you, don’t wait for me to go with you to the Athenaeum, but enter it yourself & be at home— breakfast, lunch, dine, writes write letters, read books, use all 191 1882 5 25 30 the conveniences. Only say "give your name!"# to the hall-porter, as you go in, once for all, that he may know who you are.—I forwarded you a letter this a.m. I hope you all flourish{, & that Mrs. Howells enamours herself a little of the metropolis. Yours ever H. James jr Aug. 12th ———— Previous publication: Anesko 222–23 < 190.23 telegraph telegra"m!"# • [m written above ph] 190.26 ” • [struck and blotted out] 190.34 writes write • [e overwrites es] 191.3 {, • [, overwrites .] < 190.27 I go down into Bucks. • HJ visited Buckinghamshire from 12 to 14 or 15 August 1882. WILLIAM JONES HOPPIN 12 August [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 986, vol. IX Aug 12th ———— 3 Bolton St. W. Dear Hoppin Will you give me the pleasure of dining with me on Wednesday next, 17th at the Reform Club, at 8—to meet Howells & two or three other men if I can get them? Yours ever H. James jr 192 The Complete Letters of Henry James 10 15 20 25 30 No previous publication < 191.31 Wednesday next, 17th • 17 August 1882 was a Thursday. WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS 19 August [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1784 (253)-42 3 Bolton St. W. Aug. 19th Dear Howells. I go out of town tonight, to stop till Monday a.m.— with regret at missing your visit yesterday—(Osgood I saw this morning.) You had better call for me about 7. on Monday evening, & we will go & dine together at the Athenaeum—or rather at the United Service Club (opposite) where during the annual window-washing of the A., the members & guests are relegated.—Stay, I just remember that you dine with the Century on Monday—so that we must say Tuesday—when I hope you will be free, & when I shall not have to go (as on Tuesday !"#Monday!"# p.m.) to visit four haggard spinsters (compatriots & cousins) who have descended upon Bloomsbury & upon me.—The present, I delight to say, is my last visit to the Country, so that next week we must take some walk or excursion; & I shall also see your wife.—Your novel is admirable to the end, "(which I haven’t quite reached,) & !"# of an extraordinary reality. I will talk to you about it. It is the Yankee Romola! Yours ever H. James jr I have confided myself to Osgood! 193 1882 10 15 20 25 30 Previous publication: Anesko 223–24 < 192.19 members • [second e inserted] 192.33 I have [. . .] to Osgood! • [written across the letter’s last page] < 192.27 Your novel • A Modern Instance. 192.30 Romola • George Eliot’s Romola (1863). THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH 29 August [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1429 (2555) 3 Bolton St. W. Aug. 29th My dear Aldrich. I ought already to have answered your note of the 25th touching Daisy Miller, & my delay has not been indifference but perplexity—a perplexity which I will explain when I see you. I am afraid it will not be wholly removed for some little time yet, so that I am not now able to give you a definite answer. But I will say this; that if another disposition "—the 50th!—!"# which it has been disp !"#proposed!"# (what a sentence for a writer of good prop◇ prose) to make of the piece & which has nothing to do with magazines or publishing—from which, moreover I have not great expectations—falls to the ground, you will be very welcome to print it, on the terms you mention, in January, &c.—I am to be in London for some 12 days yet, so that you will find me, & then I will tell you more fully of my difficulty.—I am glad to hear you have seen the new & strange, & I hope that the bazaar of Paris is also entertaining, like that of the un-(with safety) spellable N.-N. Many greetings to your wife & a happy traversée (to London.) Ever faithfully H. James jr 194 The Complete Letters of Henry James 15 20 25 30 No previous publication < 193.25 prop◇ prose • [se overwrites p and illegible letter] < 193.18 your note of the 25th • Aldrich had written to HJ requesting publication of his stage adaptation of Daisy Miller in the Atlantic Monthly. (See HJ to James R. Osgood, 29 August [1882], p. 194 for James’s summary of the letter’s contents). The play, which was never performed, was published in the April–June 1883 issues of the Atlantic Monthly. JAMES RIPLEY OSGOOD 29 August [1882] ALS University of Virginia Library Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Special Collections, Papers of Henry James, MSS 6251-a, box 1, item 39 3 Bolton St. W. Aug. 29th ———— Dear Mr. Osgood. I called on you this morning about ten o’clock, but you had just gone out. I wanted to say to you, among other things, that since I saw you last, I have been induced to alter "review!"# my decision{ about offering my unfortunate little play to Mr. Field. I have received from Aldrich (in Paris,) such an urgent appeal to let him have the piece to print in the Atlantic, "(where it seems they are in a bad way for fiction)!"# beginning January 1st, that though I have not yet written to him in the affirmative, & shall not do so for a day or two, it seems to me the best thing to do. If I thought there were a very definite probability of Field’s accepting the piece I should hesitate. But I don’t much believe in that probability, & Aldrich offers me ◇ £200 ($1000) down.—— I send you by this post the copy of The Point of View of which 195 1882 5 10 15 20 I spoke. I will send you "to!"#morrow a copy of the Pension Beaurepas, which is mentioned in the margin—I find I haven’t it by me, as I supposed. As I told you a tale in two parts, yet unbaptized, is to appear in the October & November Cornhill, making about (at least) 55 pages of that magazine. My idea is that these three things: 1/ Tale in Cornhill. 2/ Pension Beaurepas. 3/ Point of View.— would make such a volume as might decently be published at $1.50—i.e. a volume of about 300 pages. It would bear the title of the 1st story. The 3d comes out in the Century in December & January. I will send you of course the complete copy, "(of this last)!"# in addition to what I send to day. If I don’t hear from you that it is your ardent belief that Field, of the Museum, will jump at Daisy Miller, I will give it up to Aldrich, who appears quite to yearn for it.—I needn’t, however, tell him definitely till he arrives here, which will be two or three days hence. Very truly yours H. James jr No previous publication < 194.24 { • [blotted out] 194.33 down • [n malformed] 194.33 —— •—|— < 194.25 my unfortunate little play • Daisy Miller: A Comedy in Three Acts. See 29 August [1882], p. 193, for HJ’s response to Aldrich. 194.25 Mr. Field • Richard Montgomery (“R. M.”) Field (1834–1902), manager of the Boston Museum Theater, 1864–98 (Watermeier 96). 195.10 would make such a volume • The Siege of London, The Pension Beaurepas, and The Point of View (1883). 196 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER 3 September [1882] ALS Archives, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston 3 Bolton St Piccadilly. A September 3d ———— Dear Mrs. Gardner. I have an unanswered letter from you of almost two months (or rather of exactly that period) old! I have become the more fond of it as the weeks have gone by, & have been unwilling to part with it, as I may express myself, by answering it. It is only the thought that I may possibly get another in place of it that gives me this courage. I write you from the depts depths of this stale & empty London, & you will read my poor words on that wondrous piazza of yours, the haunt of breezes & perfumes & pretty woma women. Read them to the breezes, read them to the flowers, but don’t read them to the pretty women! I don’t know why I should give you this caution, however, as you are not in the habit of boring your visitors. There is nothing to tell you about London at this spacious & vacuous moment, except that it is very delightful. I have it absolutely to myself, & London to one’s self is really a luxury. I have been paying certain country visits—but as few as possible, & even them I have now abandoned & I am spending this still, cool Sunday in the metropolis. The purpose of this proceeding is the ingenious effort to “make up for lost time”—(I lost a great deal during June & July.) I "really!"# don’t think lost time ever is made up— one can save a few hours out of the future but one never can out of the past! Fix your thoughts on your future then—& forget your past—if you can. It is very quiet—though a man has just come in, most unexpectedly, to propose that we shall dine together. So we shall repair to a hot & somewhat disreputable establishmet at about the hour that you will have come out to 197 1882 5 10 listen to your creepers and tendrils rustle in the breath of the Atlantic. You have had a hot summer, but I pray you have had a merry one. My sister writes me you kindly came to see her, & were all freshness & grace. Your journey to Japan & India is a coup de génie: won’t you take me with you as your specialcorrespondent -& companion? (I mean special-companion.) Poor little Daisy Miller, in her comic form, has been blighted by cold theatrical breath, & will probably never be acted. She will in that case only be publishd. But she had two evening’s success, & that amply satisfies your very faithful friend—Henry James jr I hope your health has been perfectly serene. I go "to!"# Paris, for the autumn, on the 12th ———— Previous publication: HJL 2: 383–84; Zorzi 98–99 < 196.6 A S • [S overwrites A] 196.14 depts depths • [h overwrites s] 196.17 woma women • [e overwrites a] 196.34 establishmet • [misspelled] 197.9 publishd • [misspelled] 197.11–13 I hope [. . .] the 12th ———— • [written across the letter’s first page] 197.12 autumn • [n malformed] < 196.16 that wondrous piazza of yours • The piazza on the Gardners ’ ocean-front house, the Alhambra, in Beverly, Massachusetts (Zorzi 61n3). 197.4 journey to Japan & India • The Gardners left Boston for California in late May 1883, and from there they traveled to Asia. The couple spent one year in Japan, China, Cambodia, and India and then traveled through the Suez Canal to Venice (Zorzi 100). 197.5 coup de génie • stroke of genius. 197.7 her comic form • Daisy Miller: A Comedy in Three Acts. 198 The Complete Letters of Henry James 10 15 20 25 30 197.9 only be publishd • See HJ to Thomas Bailey Aldrich, 29 August [1882], p. 193. 197.9 she had two evening’s success • The two evenings during which HJ read Daisy Miller: A Comedy to Isabella Stewart Gardner; see HJ to Isabella Stewart Gardner, 5 June [1882], p. 163. HENRIETTA REUBELL 3 September [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (1048) 3 Bolton St Piccadilly W. ———— September 3d Dear Miss Reubell. Very kind & gracious was n your little note, & very grateful was your humble correspondent. (It has also a delightful smell— excuse this detail—qui ne gâte rien!) The said correspondent is spending these lovely days in the vast vacancy of London, where he has everything to himself, including his time, which he greatly values. He is making up for those frantic hours in which you beheld him some weeks ago, when he was often sustained amid the bewilderment of conflicting duties & pleasures, by the thought of what a good time he should have in August & September, all by himself. He is having it now, & doing, I am happy to say, a considerable amount of work. London is charming at this time—cool & melancholy, & full of leisure & lazy intervals. I remain here till the 12th (about,) when I cross to France & go straight to the banks of the Loire, where I am to meet some friends. By the 1st of October I expect to be back in Paris & I hope to find you there—unless I have the pleasure of meeting you on "first at!"# Chenonçeax & other spots consecrated by the memory of Diane de Poitiers. I quite 199 1882 5 10 15 20 expected that your letter would contain a graceful plea on behalf of Dinard, & a sketch of its attractions intended to be irresistible to my yielding spirits. But I judged too complacently, for you say nothing about your “station balnéaire” which can in the least be interpreted as a bait. Poker, Mrs. Pringee, “faded people,” tricolors of violet & white, are almost the only seductions you mention. It is true you say something about Mrs. Boit’s “merry laugh,” but you describe it as exercised mainly on the objects just enumerated. I fear that merry laugh, but !"#&!"# believe it would assume that "a!"# mocking sound if I were to arrive at Dinard in search of peace and quiet, which are my present necessities. I like you ladies better in Paris than anywhere (except in London,) & I have a dread of the faded people & the peculiar tricolors. I kiss the hand (of if she allows it) of Mrs. Boit.—There is little to tell, as you may imagine, of London. Mrs. Crafts, dear woman, was here with her chemical spouse, who had just returned from the U. S., & whom she had gone to meet—a few days ago. She is a delightful creature, & I like her (as I have always liked her, much. Altro non c’è! I was not at “Willie Bruce’s” wedding, as I don’t know Willie Bruce; but I wish him joy all the same. Laugel must have written you a very characteristic letter from his Alsatian côteau. Je l’y vois d’ici! I greet your dear mother very kindly & your brother his wife. Ever very faithfully yours—H. James jr No previous publication < 198.17 n your • [y overwrites n] 198.24 bewilderment • [n malformed] 199.1 expected • ex= | pected 199.14 of if • [i overwrites o] 199.17 meet • [second e inserted] 199.22 côteau • [misspelled] < 200 The Complete Letters of Henry James 25 30 198.19 qui ne gâte rien! • And that is certainly nothing I would complain of! 198.34 Diane de Poitiers • Diane de Poitiers (1499–1566), a wealthy, well-educated, and influential courtier during the reigns of French kings Francis I and Henry II. 199.2 Dinard • A town on the Côte d’Émeraude, Brittany. 199.4 station balnéaire • seaside resort. 199.15–16 Mrs. Crafts, dear woman, was here with her chemical spouse • Clémence Haggerty Crafts (1841–1912) and her husband, James Mason Crafts (1839–1917), Americans living temporarily in Paris. Mr. Crafts had an active research life with French chemists and was a chemistry professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1870–80 and 1892–97). He was elected president of MIT in 1897 and served until 1900. 199.19 Altro non c’è! • There is nothing else! 199.19 “Willie Bruce’s” wedding • Probably William Napier Bruce (1858–1936), British lawyer and educationalist who married Emily McMurdo (1857–1937) at All Saints Church in London on 5 August 1882. 199.22 côteau • hillside. 199.22 Je l’y vois d’ici! • I can see it now! 199.22–23 your dear mother very kindly & your brother his wife • Reubell ’s mother, Julia Coster Reubell; her brother, Jean Jacques Reubell; and her brother’s wife, Adeline Emma Post Reubell (d. 1892). MONCURE DANIEL CONWAY 10 September [1882] ALS Columbia University, Rare Books and Manuscripts Library Moncure Daniel Conway Papers Dear Mr. Conway. I am not at all “up” in the bibliography of Hawthorne & know nothing of the origin of the tales you speak of, which I encountered for the 1st time in Page’s book. I suspect the coincidence with Tieck is a pure accident, as Hawthorne didn’t 201 1882 5 10 15 read German, though he did study it. Neither of the stories is included in the “definitive” edition of his works published by Houghton & Mifflin, in Boston, 1879, & which contains everything else—Fanshawe, Fragments, &c. I imagine the tales you speak of were early productions—published probably in one of the defunct American magazines to which he contributed & not sufficiently approved by himself to be reprinted with the others. But which magazine I don’t in the least know. In the little sketch of him which I wrote for Morley’s series I was not expected to go into those details, for which I had no space, & over here, no facilities. Yours very truly Henry James jr 3 Bolton St. W. Sept. 10th ———— P.S. I have made a mistake. The Virtuoso’s Collection is in the edition I speak of the last tale in the Mosses. No previous publication < 201.2 definitive • [third i inserted] 201.5 productions • produc- | tions < 200.25 MONCURE DANIEL CONWAY • Moncure Daniel Conway (1832– 1907), an American clergyman, author, memoirist, and abolitionist born in Virginia. During his residence in Concord, Massachusetts, in the early 1860s, Conway became acquainted with Sr. Conway lived in England from 1863 to 1885. 200.33 Page’s book • Memoir of Nathaniel Hawthorne with Stories Now First Published in This Country, written by Scottish author Alexander Hay Japp (1837–1905) under the pseudonym H. A. Page. 200.34 Tieck • Ludwig Tieck (1773–1853), a prolific German writer to 202 The Complete Letters of Henry James 10 15 20 25 30 whom Hawthorne was first compared by Edgar Allan Poe in a review of Twice-Told Tales in Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1847 (Labriola 325). 201.2 “definitive” edition of his works • The Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne. 201.9 little sketch • Hawthorne. 201.18 The Virtuoso’s Collection • The last tale of the second volume of Hawthorne’s two-volume Mosses from an Old Manse. HENRIETTA REUBELL 11 September [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (1049) Dear Miss Reubell. I assure you I would if I could—but upon my honour I cant! There are the possible & the impossible things, & my going to Dinard is one of these. Pray believe it, with every assurance of my regret. I start tomorrow for the banks of the Loire. Mrs. L. C. has nothing to do with it; she is at present on a visit to Mlle. de Cimio (?) near the Villa d’Este, Lago di Como, in Italia nostra. But I am none the less bound to appear in those parts without delay. Bring your sketches to Paris & let me look them over with you, lovingly & lingeringly, & I shall figure to myself that I have seen your grey landscape & your turquoise sea. I have just written Mrs. Boit a bad little note—as bad as this—but it is 12.30 p.m. I have no preparations made for departure—& I leave tomorrow. I am s◇ "also!"# tired, cross, & sad. But when I see you two gracious sisters in Paris, I shall be as amiable as you have always known me—so amiable that you won’t !"#will!"# forgive me not coming. Je ‘n’ai plus d’écriture & à peine de l’ortographe. Only enough to remain your fedelissimo H. James jr 3 Bolton St W Sept 11th ———— 203 1882 10 15 20 25 30 No previous publication < 202.31 remain • [n malformed] < 202.30 Je ‘n’ai plus d’écriture & à peine de l’ortographe. • I have no more writing left in me and hardly any spelling either. MONCURE DANIEL CONWAY 11 September [1882] ALS Columbia University, Rare Books and Manuscripts Moncure Daniel Conway Papers Dear Mr. Conway. Your note reached me to­◇ to-late to day to answer betimes, & I am sorry to say it has not been possible for me to get out to Bedford Park. I leave for the Continent tomorrow, & have had everything to do in the way of getting ready, which I leave as usual to the last. Thank you for the facts about Hawthorne’s German, &c. I recalled in writing to you his entry "in the Note Books!"# about his labours over some German story—but forgot it was “Tieck’s Tale” & your conjecture that it was the Scarecrows, & that “Mother “Ripley was in consequence both written & suppressed, has much probability in its favour. Excuse my haste & believe me with kind remembrances to Mrs. Conway, very truly yours H. James jr 3 Bolton St. W. ———— Sept 11th ———— 204 The Complete Letters of Henry James 15 20 25 30 No previous publication < 203.15 to­◇ to-late • [l overwrites illegible letter] < 203.17 Bedford Park • A suburban area in West London, where Conway lived (Conway 10). 203.19–20 Hawthorne’s German • In 10 September [1882] to Conway, explaining similarities between Hawthorne’s writing and that of German author Ludwig Tieck (1773), HJ wrote that “Hawthorne didn’t read German , though he did study it” (pp. 200–201). 203.25 Mrs. Conway • Ellen Dana Davis (1833–97) married Moncure Daniel Conway in 1858. WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS 14 September [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1784 (253)-43 GRAND HOTEL 12, BOULEVARD DES CAPUCINES PARIS Sept 14th ———— Dear Howells I meant to drop you a line of farewell before leaving London, which I quitted on Tuesday afternoon; but constant & extreme occupation left me but little time—or rather none at all. Here is a word to supplement our very hasty parting on Sunday afternoon. Its purpose is to tell you not to leave me long without news, & above all to give me some general address, if you have one, where I may at any time communicate with you. I came on Tuesday p.m to Dover & slept, & proceeded yesterday to Paris, over a glassy channel. I shall be here 3 or 4 days & then retourner go down for a fortnight into Touraine; after which I 205 1882 5 10 15 shall again be here for October. Here is some information which may help you. If you come to the Lake of Geneva via Paris, you can (after sleeping as many or as y few nights as you please in the latter place,) go on at 8.55 "in the morning, of course!!"# (by the line of Paris-Lyons,) to Dijon, which you reach at 2.24 in the afternoon. Rest there "24 hours!"# & see a very picturesque old town, & the next day, at 2.40 in the afternoon, go on by Pontarlier to Lausanne, which you reach at 9.25 in the evening. You have thus two very easy days. At Lausanne you are an hour’s boat-sail or less by train, from Montreux, or whatever your station is. A very good place for information "touristical!"# is Cook’s office, Ludgate Hill. I hope London is giving you more rest. Love to every one. Ever yours H. James jr I met my brother on Sunday, & he left also on Tuesday p.m. You had better address always 3 Bolton St. It will be but a short delay. Previous publication: Anesko 224 < 205.3 y few • [f overwrites y] 205.15–17 I met my brother on Sunday [. . .] It will be but a short delay. • [written across the letter’s first page] < 204.34 retourner • go back. 205.15 I met my brother on Sunday, & he left also on Tuesday p.m. • WJ arrived in Liverpool aboard the Parisian on 10 September 1882; he stayed briefly in London and from there continued on to Venice via Cologne, Nuremberg, and Vienna (CWJ 5: 244). 206 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 ELIZABETH BOOTT 7 October [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (560) Hotel de l’Univers, Tours. October 7th ———— My dear Lizzie. Your gracious & most welcome letter from Peterborough (wherever that mysterious town by may be,) reaches me on in the banks of the fine old Loire. It is very delightful to get news of you, & to learn that from the twinges of mortal malady you are fairly exempt. I am very happy indeed to hear that you are so much yourself again. Tâchez de ne pas recommençer, as they say here! I am doing this pleasant Touraine, which I think you looked into on your way back from Spain. I have an idea that I remember your having spoken to me with a familiarity which I envied, about the Loire. If you didn’t, then you must see it when you next come over—heaven speed the day. The country is as charming as the essential meagreness of the French landscape will allow it to be; ™ & the châteaux are singularly interesting. I have seen a great many—in company for the most part with Mrs. Wister, whom, with Mrs. Kemble & her son (Mrs. W.’s,) I came down to join here a fortnight ago. They went back to Paris "a week ago!"# to spend the next two months, while I have lingered on, & have just returned from a couple of days at Bourges, where I went to see the stupendous cathedral. The Wister-Kemble episode was interesting, but complicated, & I felt, when it was over, as if I had been holding a lighted bombshell for a given number of minutes, & then had been told I might plunge it in a bucket of water. Mrs. W. is a tragic nature, & so much worn, physically, that I am very sorry for her—as she wishes to do everything & when she finds that she can do but 207 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 a little sinks back in sombre despair. She speaks of returning to America at Xmas, which I earnestly hope she won’t do, as Europe will have brought her nothing but fatigue unless she stops over the winter. The boy, though attractive & amiable, is, I should think, light & slight, both in character in talent. Mrs. Kemble is always ce que vous savez—neither light nor slight! She & her daughter are characterized by the most extraordinry resemblances & desparities. But basta cosi, on that subject—I left England nearly a month ago, & spent ten days in Paris on my way hither, to which place I mean to return for the month of November. Meanwhile I am going to continue my present little journey into the Midi—via Bordeaux &c,—& see some of the old towns in that part of France. Please mention it to no one— but I am to write some papers—probably "enough to!"# make a book—for Harper, who is to illustrate them expensively. I wish you were here—à mon côté—to make the drawings! They mean, I believe, to send artists for the purpose. Won’t you be one of them? Did you make any sketches here that might be used? This is a sort of work that I have less & less taste for; but I have undertaken it because it is light & "(relatively)!"# easy, & promises to be lucrative. As I say, please don’t mention it—though it will be sure to be bruited.—Your inquiries about the youth Cloëté find me embarrassed & unprepared. My “acquaintance” with him is wholly a matter of my having crossed on the steamer with him to Quebec a year ago, & having come in his company afterwards to Boston, where I afterwards "subsequently!"# saw him two or three times. I know nothing whatever about him. I remember his intasri intarissable jaw & thinking him a fearful jaw !"#bore!"#, with a passion for talking, in season & out, of things he knew nothing about, & bragging, perpetually, of his acquaintan "relationship!"# to every one you could mention— from Queen Elizabeth to Sir Garnet Wolseley. I never had seen him nor heard of him in London, & have never done so since. He told me, I remember that he was a member of the Savile 208 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 Club, a small & third rate (that is unfashionable) but perfectly respectable institution. He is an Oxford man, &, I should think, ◇ a gentleman; I should also think a good fellow, without hidden vices or mysterious crimes. But I know nothing whatever of his family or his means. He is apparently a great athlete & sportsman; & I thought him a great romancer, & insufferably tiresome. The things that tell against him are his bragging about his connections & his exploits; & the fact that the man in whose company I met him, & whom I have since seen in London, was (though a gentleman & very attractive socially) as I have since ascertained, a rather seriously discredited individual. (Please be very careful how you allude to this—though I dont tell you the name of the man—especially with me as authority for it.) The person in question has the most charming wife, a lovely being, for whom I have the greatest sympathy & esteem & who was of the party on the steamer.) I should think Co Cloëté kind & good-natured; but I should think his background was to be thoroughly looked into, & I can only say, for myself, that I should never let him marry my daughter. But this is only a personal impression of mine, & I should be very sorry to take upon myself to blast his prospects by appearing to speak of him with a knowledge which I don’t possess. But basta, also, about him. I gather from your letter that you face your Boston winter with philosophy much more than with enthusiasm. Comme je comprends ça! I hope you will see father & Alice as often as possible—I feel as if they were much bereaved, now that William too is away. He writes to me from Venice. How is your dear Father, & how does he feel about the rather stern prospect before him? Give him my love & tell him that he mustn’t Bostonize himself—in his later years” "—having escaped it so, before.!"# Anne came to see me—but I missed her—peccato "give her many regrets.!"#. Farewell, dear Lizzie; with every good wish of yours very faithfully—H. James jr 209 1882 No previous publication < 206.11 on in • [i overwrites o] 206.15 yourself • your- | self 206.22 ™ & the • [& t overwrites—] 207.7 extraordinry • [misspelled] 207.8 desparities • [misspelled] 207.11 Meanwhile • Mean- | while 207.28 intasri intarissable • [ris overwrites sri]; in- | tasri tarissable 208.3 ◇ a • [a overwrites illegible letter] 208.16 Co Cloëté • [l overwrites o] 208.25 comprends • com- | prends 208.30 ” " • [" overwrites ,] < 206.10 Peterborough • Probably Peterborough, New Hampshire, which had a thriving art community. 206.15 Tâchez de ne pas recommençer • Try not to repeat [the illness]. 206.17 your way back from Spain • Elizabeth Boott traveled to Spain with fellow artists in April 1881. She returned to Italy that summer without visiting the Loire Valley. 207.4 The boy • Owen Wister. 207.6 ce que vous savez • what you know. 207.8 basta cosi • that’s enough. 207.16 à mon côté • by my side. 207.22 the youth Cloëté • William Broderick Cloete (1851–1915), grandson of Henry Cloete, high commissioner of the British colony of Natal in southeastern Africa. William Broderick Cloete matriculated at Oxford in 1870 and made many trips to North America due to his work as an agent of a Mexican mining company. 207.28 intarissable • inexhaustible. 207.32 Sir Garnet Wolseley • Sir Garnet Joseph Wolseley (1833–1913), a celebrated British military officer and author of the Soldier’s Pocket Book, a 210 The Complete Letters of Henry James 10 15 20 25 30 practical military manual. He and Lady Louisa Erskine Wolseley (m. 1867) had one child, Frances Garnet Wolseley (1872–1936). 208.24–25 Comme je comprends ça! • As I understand it! 208.31 Anne • Mary Ann Shenstone (b. c. 1821), known as Ann from 1848, Elizabeth Boott’s childhood nurse and the Boott family’s longtime household employee. 208.31 peccato • pity. WILLIAM JAMES 15 October [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (1997) Bordeaux. Oct 15th. My dear William Yours of the 10th via London, reached me here yesterday, & I re-enclose to you the fragment from Alice, which it contained. I also send you one from Howells, just received, which will show you where he is. I don’t know when he thinks of starting for Venice. I have heard no more from home since that last of Father’s, which I sent you. I am delighted to hear that you feel some symptoms of betterment & trust they will increase till they surround you with joy. My mind is relieved to hear that you have company “nights,” as I feared you perhaps lacked this element of recreation. I am especially glad you have fallen upon James Bryce, who must be an agreeable change from Mrs. McKay, & Mrs. Smith Van Buren! I trust Venice will in every way succeed to you, as I think it can’t fail to do if you give it time. There’s a church I saw "want!"# to tell you to go to, to see a John Bellini & a Sebastian del Piombo—the latter especially— but I can’t remember its name!—I pursue my pilgrimage through these rather dull French towns & through a good deal of bad weather, & all my desire now is to bring it to a prompt 211 1882 5 10 conclusion. It is rather dreary work, for most of the places, I am sorry to say, are much less rich in the picturesque than I had supposed they would be. I don’t despair, however, of being able to do something with them. I Tomorrow I start for Toulouse, Carcassonne, &c; after which I begin to journey "travel!"# northwar[d.] As soon as I reach Paris I shall go to the Grand Hotel, where I have left some luggage.—Alice’s letters seem to point to a sufficiently comfortable existence, & I should think would make you rather homesick. I, for some mysterious reason, am more so in this poco simpatico f French pilgrimage than I have been for years. I haven’t spoken to a soul for a fortnight & see nothing but commis voyageurs. But I shall soon make an end. Ever yours H. James jr Previous publication: CWJ 1: 334–35 < 210.18 re-enclose • re- | enclose 211.4 I Tomorrow • [T overwrites I] 211.6 northwar[d.] • [written off the margin] 211.9 mysterious • mys- | terious 211.10 f French • [F overwrites f] < 210.28 Mrs. Smith Van Buren • Henrietta Eckford Irving Van Buren (1832–1921), second wife of Smith Thompson Van Buren. 210.30–32 There’s a church [. . .] but I can’t remember its name! • Probably San Giovanni Crisostomo, of which, also remarking on a point of memory, HJ wrote in “Venice”: There is another noble John Bellini, one of the very few in which there is no Virgin, at San Giovanni Crisostomo,—a St. Jerome, in a red dress, sitting aloft upon the rocks, with a landscape of extraordinary purity behind him. The absence of the peculiarly erect Madonna makes it an interesting surprise among the works of the painter, and gives it a somewhat less strenuous air. But it has brilliant beauty, and the St. Jerome is a delightful old personage. The 212 The Complete Letters of Henry James 15 20 25 30 same church contains another great picture, for which he must find a shrine apart in his memory; one of the most interesting things he will have seen, if not the most brilliant. Nothing appeals more to him than three figures of Venetian ladies which occupy the foreground of a smallish canvas of Sebastian del Piombo, placed above the high altar of San Giovanni Crisostomo. (20–21) 210.31 Sebastian del Piombo • Nickname of Sebastiano Luciani (1485–1547). 211.10 poco simpatico • not very pleasant. 211.12 commis voyageurs • traveling salesmen. WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS 15 October [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1784 (253)-44 Bordeaux, Oct. 15th My dear Howells. Il me tardait, as they say here (& even in "your!"# pays de Vaud, I suppose,) to know what had become of you. Your letter came to me at this place, ◇ two days ago, & I my imagination draws a long breath at being able to give you a local habitation. From what you say it must be a very pleasant one, though I am afraid you are sadly under water. I know your region well, & have lived about all around you—notably at the Hotel Byron, & at Glion, above Montreaux Montreux, which is lovely in summer, when the blue lake shines through the walnut=threes trees which cover the hill as you go up. I suppose you will have walked (unless your sitzfleisch fears the ascent) up to the church at Montreux, which looks so well on the hillside, & about which Ruskin has somewhere written a charming passage (in Modern painters.) I have roamed all over the hills above you, & scaled the Dent de Jaman & the Rochers de Naye. (Vide M. Arnold’s 213 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 Obermann for “Jaman’s lonely peak.”) I don’t mean to exult over you, who, I gather, don’t both mountaineer & pursue a serial; but simply to show you that I place you. I congratulate you on your interesting household, though I confess I find it hard to get up an interest in a Swiss—much more in a Suissesse. They had produced but one person of distinction, & poor William Tell has lately been found out to a myth! Haven’t your ladies a commencement de goître? If they haven’t, they ought to have, to give you the real local colour. They do however probably give you good coffee and luscious honey, which, when you eat it, gets into your hair & shoes! I should have liked to know the perils, penalit penalties, & I trust pleasures, of the journey from London, & you must tell me them some day. It’s well you didn’t try to cross the Alps, as Noah’s ark would appear to have been the only vehicle. I appreciate your moralizings about middleage & one’s inevitable embourgeoisment, for I was a hundred- &-fifty last week! I have never felt so little young as since I undertook this youthful errand (in which you are "were!"# my sponsor) of doing the French picturesque for Harper. For that is what brings me to these latitudes. I have assented to a proposal from Laffan to write not two or three articles—but enough to make a book, & "after!"# having pursued this{ elusive volume through Touraine, I am making desperate snatches at it in these southern cities.—I go tomorrow to Toulouse, Carcassonne, Narbonne, &c. I don’t feel very successful, & find less material than I expected. But I shall put it through, & return to Paris by the end of the month. Touraine is charming, but revolutions & Napoleons have abolished the antique, in general, in France, to a degree that surprises—& much discomposes—me. There is no more to my purpose at Bordeaux than there would be at Fitchburg, & I am not even consoled by good claret, as what I am given here is very much what you would get at F.—that is if you can get any there. Do let me here hear about you as you go; "write, above all, as soon as you reach Italy.!"# I hope Mrs. 214 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 Howells enjoys the heat "repose!"# of Leman’s shores—rest both from America & from England. I hear from my brother at Venice, who expects you there ◇, but speaks of rain. I adjure Winnie & Pilar, both of whom, with their brother, I embrace, to go bravely at their French—it will give them a great sense of conversational power. Love to all. Ever yours H. James jr Previous publication: Anesko 227–29 < 212.22 ◇ two • [w overwrites illegible letter] 212.22 I my • [m overwrites blotted I] 212.27 Montreaux Montreux • [ux overwrites aux] 212.28–29 walnut=threes trees • [tr overwrites thr] 212.34 Rochers • [s inserted] 213.3 congratulate • congratu- | late 213.4 household • house- | hold 213.12 penalit penalties • [l overwrites li] 213.15–16 middle- | age • middle- | age 213.16 embourgeoisement • [misspelled] 213.22 { • [blotted out] 213.30 Bordeaux • Bor- | deaux 213.33 here hear • [ar overwrites re] 214.3 ◇, • [, overwrites illegible letter] < 212.20 Il me tardait • I have been longing. 212.20–21 pays de Vaud • Mountainous district of western Switzerland on the border with France. 212.33–34 I have roamed all over [. . .] Dent de Jaman & the Rochers de Naye • Mountains on Lac Léman in the pays de Vaud of Switzerland, north of Villeneuve. HJ had visited the area several times (e.g., see CLHJ, 1855–1872 2: 38–42). 213.1 “Jaman’s lonely peak.” • Matthew Arnold’s “Stanzas in Memory of the Author of ‘Obermann’” includes these lines: 215 1882 How often, where the slopes are green On Jaman, hast thou sate By some high chalet-door, and seen The summer-day grow late. (lines 113–16) And Arnold’s “Obermann Once More” contains these: But stop!—to fetch back thoughts that stray Beyond this gracious bound, The cone of Jaman, pale and grey, See, in the blue profound! Ah, Jaman! delicately tall Above his sun-warm’d firs— What thoughts to me his rocks recall! What memories he stirs! .¯.¯.¯.¯.¯.¯.¯.¯. Soft darkness on the turf did lie; Solemn, o’er hut and wood, In the yet star-sown nightly sky, The peak of Jaman stood. (lines 29–328) 213.5 Suissesse • young Swiss woman. 213.8 commencement de goître • swelling of the thyroid. 213.21 Laffan • William Mackay Laffan (1848–1909), London agent for Harper and Brothers who had asked HJ to write “En Province” for Harper ’s Monthly, but later declined to publish it. “En Province” was ultimately published in the Atlantic Monthly (Anesko 228n6). 213.21–22 enough to make a book • A Little Tour in France. 213.31 Fitchburg • Fitchburg, Massachusetts, that is, “in a small New England town.” 214.1 Leman’s shores • Lac Léman, also known as Lake Geneva. The Howellses were staying in the city of Villeneuve on Lac Léman (Goodman and Dawson 234). 214.4 Winnie & Pilar • Winifred “Winny” Howells (1863–89) and Mildred “Pilla” Howells (1872–1966), daughters of Elinor Gertrude Mead and William Dean Howells. 216 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 ALICE HOWE GIBBENS JAMES 16 October [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (1611) Bordeaux, Oct. 16th My dear Alice. I have long owed you a letter, but I shall always be in your debt for something or other, & you will be so used to thinking of me in this situation that habit will aid your natural generosity in forgiving my shortcomings. Why I should write to you from Bordeaux more than from another place I scarcely know; my best reason is that I am here to-day, & that tomorrow I shall be in Toulouse, which is perhaps even less natural. With your husband in Venice & your eldest brother-in-law in these strange French cities, you must feel rather bewildered and abandoned. Your situation seems to me most unnatural, but I hope you bear up under it, & that you derive some assistance in doing so from your little Harry & William. I am afraid you don’t from the ghastly Royce couple—as the report of your impression of them which William has transmitted to me, seems to warrant me in calling them. What terrible people and above all what a terrible infliction! I hope you will not scruple to pull them off—as I had to do those fatal plasters with which I had saddled my chest last spring, when William & you sprang to my rescue. They must be really a couple of dreadful plasters! Abandoned by your husband who leaves you two Royces in his stead, you seem to me, dear Alice, very greatly to be pitied, & I assure you that I think of you with tender sympathy. I shall never, in future, embrace any man’s philosophy till I have seen him—& above all till I have seen his wife. You see that William’s own doctrines are by this system very well guaranteed! I hope that in spite of what you have lost & what you have acquired your winter begins (if h it has begun, which, as yet, heaven forbid,) with some 217 1882 5 10 15 20 25 promise of peace & comfort. I don’t exactly understand in what house you are living, as the houses in Garden St. have, to me, a certain vagueness of identity; though probably when I see you in it, if I "you!"# don’t leave it before that, I shall find that it was impressed upon my brain, years ago, when I used to walk about the byways of Cambridge & endeavour to invest its habitations with a certain local colour. I am afraid you miss the palatial proportions of Casa Peabody, but if you have your children “on top of you” in your actual residence you will find some satisfaction in the pressure. I should like very much to feel that of the youthful William, in whom I take the greatest interest & beg to kiss wherever he is most kissable. Harry, with a younger brother, must be a great swell, but I hope this glory doesn’t make him forget his uncle. Does he remember me at all, or does he even, or only, pretend to? I expect to find him when I next go home, even if it be a few months hence, in quite a different stage of development. I get every now & then a line from William, at Venice, where I fear he finds the wet weather which has cursed Europe this autumn everywhere. But he also finds James Bryce, & other consolations for the evening—including Mrs. Van Buren, the widow of the husband of one of our deceased aunts! I hope you see something of father & Alice, now that they are more nearly your neighbours again, & that they don’t seem to you too lonely & disconsolate. I send very kind remembrances to your mother & sisters, who don’t like Cambridge less, I trust, as they go on. You must have perpetual writing to William to do; but remember, whenever you can "have!"# anything left over, as it were, what pleasure it will give to yours ever affectionately H. James jr Previous publication: HJL 2: 384–86 < 216.12 Bordeaux • Bor= | deaux 216.34 h it • [it overwrites h] 218 The Complete Letters of Henry James 217.27–29 left over, [. . .] H. James jr • [written across the letter’s first page] < 216.19 little Harry & William • Henry and William James, the sons of WJ and AHGJ. 216.20 ghastly Royce couple • Josiah Royce (1855–1916), who served as WJ’s replacement during his sabbatical in 1882–83, and his wife, Katharine Head Royce (1858–1947). Neither WJ nor AHGJ embraced the Royces socially (CWJ 1: 334n2). AHGJ wrote that “Mrs. Royce is as fierce and sharp-tongued as ever & their three children most unruly” (Gunter, Alice 99). At the same time, AHGJ seems to have made a certain effort to accommodate the Royces. She wrote to WJ, “We had the Royces to dine yesterday and I quite made friends with Mrs R. She is a wild little creature, thrown into a defiant mood by our different way of living” (CWJ 5: 324) and “Mrs Royce had called in my absence. She is improving very fast— poor little girl, and will come out all right” (CWJ 5: 376). 216.31 William’s own doctrines • Possibly WJ’s ongoing interest in the relation of the individual to his or her environment. WJ’s statement in 1880 that “before he can remake his Society, his society must make him” (“Great Men” 449) squares with one from 1885 (Myers 547): “A man’s self is the sum total of all that he can call his, not only his body and his psychic powers, but his clothes and his house, his wife and his children, his ancestors and friends, his reputation and works, his lands and horses, and yacht and bank account” (Principles 1: 291). 217.8 Casa Peabody • WJ and AHGJ rented the home of Andrew Preston Peabody, 11 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 217.19 James Bryce • Bryce (1838–1922) was a British legal historian and author of The American Commonwealth. He served as chief secretary for Ireland (1905–6) and ambassador to the United States (1907–13). He was made 1st Viscount Bryce in 1913. 217.20–21 Mrs. Van Buren • Henrietta Irving Van Buren (1832–1921), second wife of Smith Thompson Van Buren. Smith Van Buren’s first wife was HJ’s aunt Ellen King James. 219 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 GRACE NORTON 17 October [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (933) Hotel du Midi, Toulouse. Oct. 17th. My dear Grace. You shall have a letter this morning, whatever happens! I am waiting for the train to Carcassonne, & you will perhaps ask yourself why you are thus sandwiched between these two mouldy antiquities. It is precisely because they are mouldy that I invoke your genial presence. Toulouse is dreary & not interesting, & I am afraid that Carcassonne will answer to the description I heard given a couple of weeks ago by an English lady, in Touraine, of the "charming!"# Château d’Amboise: “rather curious, you know, but very, very” dirty.” Therefore my spirit turns for comfort for "to!"# what I have known best in life. I got your last excellent letter an abominable number of weeks ago; & I hereby propose, as a rule of our future correspondence that I be graciously absolved from ever specifying the time that has elapsed since the arrival of the letter I am supposed to be answering. This custom will ease me off immensely. Your last, however, is not so remote but that the scolding you gave me for sending your previous letter to Mrs. Kemble is fearfully fresh in my mind. My dear Grace, I regret extremely having irritated you; but I would fain wrestle with you on this subject. I think you have a false code about the showing of letters—& in calling it a breach of confidence you surely confound the limits of things. Of course there is always a particular discretion for the particular case; but what are letters but talk, & what is the showing them but the repetition of talk? The same rules that governš s that of course govern the other; but I don’t see why they should be more stringent. It is indeed, I think, of the very 220 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 essence of a good letter to be shown,—it is wasted if it is kept for one. Was not Mme de Sévigné’s last always handed about to a 100 people—was not Horace Walpole’s? What is "was!"# right for them is, it seems to me, right for you. However, I make this little protest simply for the theory’s sake, & promise you solemnly that in practice, in future, you shall be my own exclusive & peculiar Sévigné! Yet I don’t at all insist on being your exclusive Walpole! I have indeed the sweet security of the conviction that you will never “want,” as they say, (you don’t) in Cambridge, to show "exhibit!"# my epistles. Only I give you full leave to read them aloud at your soirées! Have your soirées recommenced, by the way? Where are you, my dear Grace, & how are you? The question about your whereabouts will perhaps make you smile, if anything in this letter can, as I make no doubt you are enjoying the gorgeous charm (I speak without irony,) of a Cambridge October. For myself, as you see, I am “doing” the South of France—for literary purposes— into which I won’t pretend to enter, as they are not of a very elevated character. (I am trying to write some articles about these regions for an American “illustrated”—Harper—but I don’t forsee, as yet, any "very!"# brilliant results.) I left England some five weeks ago, & after some few !"#a few days!"# in Paris came down into Touraine—for the sake of the châteaux of the Loire. At the hotel at Tours, where I spent 12 days, I had the advantage of the society of Mrs. Kemble, & her daughter Mrs. Wister, with the son of the latter. We made some excursions together—that is, minus Mrs. K.” (a large void,) who was too infirm to junket about, & then the ladies returned to Paris & I took my way further afield. Touraine is charming, Chenonceaux, Chambord, Blois, &c very interesting, & that episode was on the whole a success—enlivened too by my exciting company. But the rest of France (that is, these parts I have been though,) are rather disappointing though I suppose when I recite my itinerary you f "will!"# feel that I ought to have found a world of 221 1882 5 10 15 20 25 picturesqueness—I mean at Bourges, Le Mans, Augers, Nantes, La Rochelle, Poitiers, &c. The Cathedral of Bourges is worth a long pilgrimage to see; but for the rest, France has preserved the physiognomy of the past "much!"# less than England & than Italy. Besides, when I come into the South, I don’t console myself for not being in the latter country. I don’t care for these people, & in fine I rather hate it. I return to Paris on O November 1st, & spend a month there. Then I return to England for the winter. When I am in that country I want to get out of it, & when I am out of it I languish for its heavy air. England is just now in a rather “cocky” mood, & disposed to carry it high, with her little Egyptian victories. It is such a satisfaction to me to see her again counting for something in Europe that I would give her carte blanche to go as far as she chooses; "—or dares;!"# but at the same time I hope she won’t exhibit a vulgar greed. It has as a really dramatic interest for me to see how the great Gladstone will acquit himself of a situation in which all his high principles will be subjected to an extraordinary strain. He will be, I suspect, neither very lofty, nor very base, but will compromise. I don’t suppose however you care much about these far away matters. I hope, my dear Grace, that your life is taking more & more a possible shape—that your summer has left you some pleasant memories & your winter brings some cheerful hopes. I don’t think I shall be so long again . . . . at any rate my letters are no proof of my sentiments—by which I mean that my silence is no disproof; for after all, I wish to be believed when I tell you that I am most affectionately yours—Henry James jr Previous publication: Lubbock 1: 93–96 < 219.10 Carcassonne • Car= | cassonne 219.17 ” • [blotted out] 219.29 a • [inserted] 220.21 forsee • [misspelled] 222 The Complete Letters of Henry James 220.27 ”( • [( overwrites ,] 221.1 picturesqueness • picturesque= | ness 221.4 physiognomy • physiog- | nomy 221.7–8 O November • [N overwrites O] 221.14 ; " • [" overwrites ;] 221.16 as a • [a overwrites as] 221.25 sentiments • [second n malformed] 221.27 affectionately yours—Henry James jr • [written across the letter’s first page] < 219.6 Hotel du Midi, Toulouse • The Grand Hôtel du Midi, “beautifully situated” and a “first-class establishment. Frequented by the highest Class of English and American Travellers. English Spoken” (Murray 63). 219.16 Château d’Amboise • See HJ’s repetition of the anecdote of the Château d’Amboise in “En Province” and A Little Tour in France (45). 220.2–3 Mme de Sévigné’s last [. . .] not Horace Walpole’s • Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné (1626–96), better known as Madame de Sévigné, and Horace Walpole (1717–97), both famous for their copious and stylized letter writing. Madame de Sévigné’s correspondence was a model for Walpole. Both knew that their letters were widely circulated and thus wrote them with the foreknowledge that they were semipublic documents. 220.19–20 some articles [. . .] “illustrated”—Harper • Published serially in the Atlantic Monthly as “En Province” and later in book form as A Little Tour in France. 221.12 little Egyptian victories • On 13 September 1882 the British, led by Gen. Sir Garnet Joseph Wolseley, defeated the Egyptians in the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir and effectively ended the Egypt War of 1882. 221.17 great Gladstone will acquit himself of a situation • Evidently HJ refers to the Liberal government’s strategy concerning the aftermath of the military victory over Egyptian nationalists, led by Ahmed Arabi (Arabi [Urabi] Pasha [1839–1911]), who was captured in the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir. 223 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 JAMES RIPLEY OSGOOD [18–28 October 1882] TLC Creighton University Leon Edel Papers (3 Bolton st. Piccadilly.) Nimes, France, Oct. 4th. Dear Mr. Osgood. Your note of October 4th. delayed in London a few days through my being on my travels, reached me at this place only yesterday. I hasten to say that I had already heard the Point of View was to appear in a lump, in January, and that it will be quite the same to me that it should—that is, that the work should—be published in February. I hoped by this time to have sent you the sheets of the Siege of London (the Cornhill story,) and shall do so now in very few days—as soon as I can communicate with London. My absence has delayed my seeing the proofs till only a few days since. The publication of the thing has been postponed till January and February—so that, though only in two numbers, it may appear as an illustrated serial. You will of course copyright in the U. S. as soon as you receive it, and it is to be marked as so copyrighted, in the Cornhill. Nevertheless I rather fear that before the book appears, the January instalment, reaching America early in the new year, will probably be reproduced, virtually if not totally, by some American journal, or publisher. If your ingenuity suggests any way of “heading off” this, I leave it to your discretion. The book will have to bear the title of the Siege of London, as the Pension Beaurepas will have to come before the Point of View, making this the last of the three stories. You shall have the Cornhill sheets as soon as possible. Very truly, in great haste, yours H. James jr. No previous publication 224 The Complete Letters of Henry James < 223.32 H. James jr. • [copy-text reads H. JAMES jr.; probably Edel’s formatting] < 223.2 [18–28 October 1882] • Written during the time when HJ was traveling to sites written about in “En Province” and was also preparing The Siege of London, The Pension Beaurepas, and The Point of View, the “Oct. 4th” date on the copy-text must be HJ’s error or the transcriber’s. In 1882 HJ was in the area near Tours, not “Nîmes,” in early October (see pp. 206–7). On 17 October, from Toulouse, HJ noted that he was “waiting for the train to Carcassonne” (p. 219) and the part of his itinerary that included Nîmes. By 28 October, HJ had completed the leg of the tour that included Nîmes when he wrote from Avignon (pp. 225–26). Thus this letter , from Nîmes, must have been written after his 17 October letter from Toulouse as he headed toward the southern part of the tour and before the end of the day on 28 October. 223.10 my being on my travels • In the fall of 1882 HJ made a six-week tour of many provincial French towns; he began in Touraine, traveled southwest through Provence, and then headed north to Burgundy. The writing produced as a result of these explorations was first published in the Atlantic Monthly as “En Province” and then by James R. Osgood and Company in 1884 as A Little Tour in France. 223.11–12 the Point of View • See HJ to Frederick Macmillan, 12 July [1882], p. 173, regarding the publication of “The Point of View.” 223.15 Siege of London • Published in Cornhill Magazine in 1883 and included in a book in late February 1883. 223.20 it may appear as an illustrated serial • The Cornhill Magazine publication of “The Siege of London” included woodcut illustrations by William Small. 223.23 the book • “The Siege of London” was published by James R. Osgood and Company in late February 1883 in a volume also containing “The Pension Beaurepas” and “The Point of View.” 225 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 HENRIETTA REUBELL 28 October [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (1050) Avignon, Hotel de l’Europe. Oct. 28th Dear Miss Reubell. I have a certain idea que vous m’en voulez—que vous me tenez même rigueur—because I didn’t come & dance a hornpipe on your plage Bretonne; & it is for this reason that I put forth a little feeler before I return to Paris—an incident now ◇ on the point of occurring. I wish to approach you with a degree of tact equal to my eagerness, & to bid you moo◇ !"#bonjour!"#— to begin & bid it—three hundred miles off. I smile agreeably—I bow till my nose touches "dips into!"# the r Rhone, which is in the streets of Avignon—I hold my hat in one hand & press the other to my heart. If toutes ces manières don’t appease your just resentment I shall have to try & think it over & trouver encore mieux. { "I know they will succeed with Mrs Boit!!"# I have been making a grand voyage through all the Midi de la France, on purpose to collect impressions & anecdotes to entertain you two ladies. This has been my exclusive aim, & in the pursuit of it I have not shrunk from exposing my delicate purp !"#person!"# to the severest hardships, the most uncomfortable contacts and the dirtiest table cloths. J’ai vécu de la vie de commis-voyageur— quoi! To-day for instance I have visited the romantic Vaucluse, sometime the residence of the celebrated Petrarch, & seen the Sorgues tumbling out of a stupendous cliff surrounded with rocks painted over with "the names of!"# 10 000 contemporary beasts—who had have written them themselves. All our rivers are swollen to a fearful volume dans le Midi, & I have walked about this evening to see the Rhone, looking five miles wide, in a magnificent moonlight, frighten these good people with the idea 226 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 that tomorrow it will be in their streets. I sincerely hope not, though if I am inundated here I shall have better entertainment than ever for you & Mrs. Boit, who will perhaps subscribe to have me rescued. If I am rescued in time I start northwards to morrow, & shall arrive in Paris in the course of next week. J’ai vu beaucoup de choses, & have examined in detail the beautiful France. I am ready to describe it to you in such detail as you may desire. I suppose you are long since re-cocknified & I hope to find you, when I am ushered panting into your presence, in health, in happiness, & in spirits. I greet very kindly your dear mother, & remain your tout dévoué H. James jr Previous publication: SL 1: 177–78 < 225.10 rigueur • [first u inserted] 225.12 ◇ on • [o overwrites illegible letter] 225.16 r Rhone • [R overwrites r] 225.20 . { " • [" overwrites . ; first . inserted] 225.31 had have • [v overwrites d] < 225.6 Avignon, Hotel de l’Europe • According to John Murray, the hotel was “comfortable and clean, cuisine excellent—one of the best hotels in S. of France” (123). 225.9–10 que vous m’en voulez—que vous me tenez même rigueur • that you are angry with me—that you don’t even forgive me. 225.18 toutes ces manières • all these forms. 225.19–20 trouver encore mieux • find something better. 225.21 Midi de la France • South of France. 225.26–27 J’ai vecu de la vie de commis-voyageur—quoi! • I’ve experienced the life, in short, of a traveling salesman. 225.27 Vaucluse • Village located in the département of the same name, approximately thirty-five kilometers east of Avignon. 225.28 residence of the celebrated Petrarch • Petrarch spent most 227 1882 15 20 25 of the latter part of his life living and writing around Avignon. See also “En Province” (53: 521–24). 225.29 Sorgues tumbling out of a stupendous cliff • The Sorgues River, the source of which is the largest spring in France. Murray describes it as “a gushing cataract” (130). HJ describes the phenomenon more fully in “En Province” (53: 523). 225.30–31 rocks painted over [. . .] have written them themselves • See “En Province” for a fuller description of the rocks of Vaucluse (53: 523). 226.5–6 J’ai vu beaucoup de choses • I saw many things. 226.10–11 your dear mother • Julia Coster Reubell. 226.11 tout dévoué • most devoted. JAMES RIPLEY OSGOOD 8 November 1882 ALS University of Virginia Library Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Special Collections, Papers of Henry James, MSS 6251-a, box 1, folder 40 Paris, Nov. 8th 1882. Dear Mr. Osgood I send you by this post, in another cover, the sheets of my Cornhill story (January & February.) It is highly important of course that they shouldn’t see the light in America "—the two Parts, respectively—!"# before the 1st of each of those months— the date of their respective appearances in England. Very truly yours Henry James jr. No previous publication < 227.21–22 my Cornhill story (January & February.) • “The Siege of London.” 227.22–23 It is highly important of course • In order to preserve copyright protection in both countries. 228 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER 12 November [1882] ALS Archives, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Paris, Grand-Hotel. Nov. 12th Dear Mrs. Gardner. Your gracious note of the end of last month, which came to me an hour ago (since when I have been reading & re-reading it,) is almost as “crisp” as one of those “silver days” of winter (happy phrase—may I have it for my next article?) I wish it had been longer & regret extremely that, as you imply, the cultivation of virtue should have the effect of abbreviating your letters. If this is really the case I beg you without delay to become vicious & diffuse! Apropos of such matters you see that I am in the city of vice, where I am leading the same innocent & unagitated life that I drag about with me everywhere. I have been spending the last two months in France, but six weeks of them have been passed— very agreeably—in wandering about the provinces—Touraine, Anjou, Poitou, Gascony, Provence, Burgundy. I spent a fortnight on the banks of the Loire, examining the old châteaux of that region—Chenonceaux, Chambord, Amboise, Blois &c—& having taken a fancy to such a manner of life, pushed my way farther & saw a hundred more castles & ruins, as well as cathedrals, old walled towns, Roman remains & curiosities of every sort, I have seen more of France than I had ever seen before, & on the whole liked it better. This has shortened my stay in Paris, for I return to my dear & dingy London on the 20th of the month. The autumn has been loathsomely wet; but since I have been here the weather has been rather shining & Paris has touched a certain place in my affections which only Paris touches. I don’t imply by this that it is by any means the deepest place—that tender spot is like a "those!"# compartments in a French railwaycarriage that are reserved for dames seules! But Paris has a little corner of my complicated organism & it has filled it fairly well 229 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 on the present occasion. It filled it better, however, that time when you were here. I find the same rather threadbare little circle of our sweet compatriots, who dine with each other in every possible combination—of the Alphabet—though none of these combinations spell the word contentment. "satisfaction.!"# That however is the most difficult word in the language—even I am not sure I get it right. I dined last night with Mrs. Strong—I dine tonight with Mrs. Van Hoffmann; that is about the tenor of one’s existence, though there are a few other things between. Did you ever meet Clarence King? He is just below stairs (at this hotel) & I have been down to bid him good morning. He is a delightful creature, & is selling ◇ silver mines & buying water-colours & old stuff by the million. I believe I am to breakfast with him & the good John Hay (who is also very clever.) You see I am very national; do insist on that to people when you hear them abuse me—even when it’s you yourself who have begun. You don’t abuse me however when you say such nice things as you have done about my article in the Century. I am delighted it should have transported you a little, so that perhaps—for a moment— your Beverly ocean looked like the flushing lagoon. The unhappy paper, however, that "like!"# everything in American magazines when I don’t see the proof, is full of odious misprints. Do kindly correct a few of them on the margin of your copy. On p. 19, at the top (left "right!"#) “hardly” after Europa, should be surely. Thrives on the same page, below (left) should be thrones. “Loveliest,” same page, first line on the left, should be “loneliest booth, &c.” On p. 12 on the left, “wavy=twinkling,” which is idiotic, should be “many-twinkling,” which is a shade less so. And just beside it, on the other column, the “bright sea light seems to flash” should be “seems to flush”—which is a very different thing. Not, on p. 10, "left,!"# (“light is not in the great square”) should be of course hot! Colours, p. 13 (left) should be colour, which makes just the difference; & streaked (“the wrong way”) on the column beside that, should be stroked. Furthermore, 230 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 on the last page, "(left)!"# the “beach at the Lido is lovely & beautiful” should be of course “lonely & beautiful.” Excuse this horrid printers’ letter; but it lacerates me to see my careful prose so disfigured. I have only mentioned some of the deformities. I agree with me "you!"# that the portrait is one of these—& if you can accept the disagreeable photograph from which it is taken, I will send "you!"# the latter when I get back to London. Howells’s charming article makes me flush not flash, all over. It was about this time that I paid you that little visit last year—in the sweet sunny American autumn with just a little growl of approaching winter in it. I remember the sea, the woods, the col◇◇ colour of the rocks & the sound of the waves. Also the colour of your sofas & ottomans & the sound of your conversation. Apropos of sound, what a hush must have fallen upon Beverley with that mutual silence of the Gordon Dexters! But it’s better to be silent que de se dire des bêtises. The Point of View appears in the January Century. I believe I have an article on Du Maurier in the December—sure to be full of misprints. Please allow for them— you knows / mon écriture. It is a shame to bother you with any more of it. I only hope it will be legible to you that I am ever very faithfully yours Henry James jr Previous publication: HJL 2: 386–89; Zorzi 101-4 < 228.21 Chenonceaux • [u malformed] 228.32 compartments • [s inserted] 228.32–33 railway- | carriage • railway- | carriage 229.7–8 to- | night • to- | night 229.12 ◇ silver • [s overwrites illegible letter] 229.27 wavy=twinkling • wavy= | -twinkling 229.29 column • [n malformed] 229.34 column • [n malformed] 231 1882 25 30 230.4 mentioned • men- | tioned 230.11 col◇◇ colour • [ou overwrites illegible letters] 230.19 knows / • [blotted out] 230.19–23 you with [. . .] Henry James jr • [written across the letter’s first page] < 228.9 silver days • Proverbial, that is, “happy,” “prosperous.” 228.18 wandering about the provinces • HJ toured the provinces for his series “En Province,” collected later in A Little Tour in France. 228.33 dames seules • only women. 229.8 Mrs. Van Hoffmann • Probably Lydia “Lily” Ward (Mrs. Richard) von Hoffmann (b. 1843). 229.10 Clarence King • Clarence Rivers King (1842–1901), worldrenowned mining geologist, was the first director of the US Geological Survey. King later led a double life, using the identity of James Todd, representing himself as a black Pullman porter, and becoming the commonlaw husband of Ada Copeland, whom King met in 1887. 229.18 my article in the Century • “Venice.” 230.15 Gordon Dexters • Owners of Beverly Farms estate in Beverly, Massachusetts. 230.16 que de se dire des bêtises • than to utter stupidities. 230.17 an article on Du Maurier • “Du Maurier and London Society.” SIR JOHN FORBES CLARK 13 November [1882] ALS University of Virginia Library Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Special Collections, Papers of Henry James, MSS 6251-n, box 1, folder 41 Paris Grand Hotel. Nov. 13th My dear Laird. I won’t pretend to tell you why, having desired to wri[te] to you for many weeks, I only to-day bring my desire to p a 232 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 point; for I am not good at these explanations—they never really justify me—they are wanting in the famous quality of lucidity. Suffice it that I have often thought of you & have sent you all sorts of disembodied epistles. The rain is descending in customary torrents & the gorgeous fabric of the opéra, which I see from my windows, looms vaguely through a curtain of water. My thoughts wander away to your Scotch mountains & moors, & I wonder "ask!"# myself what your situation can be just now, if this is the best that a dazzling capital can do for one of the most faithful of its votaries.—Perhaps I shall hear from you that the sun of Tillypronie has never ceased to shine, & that you sit on your terrace & watch the smoke of your cigar (excuse my forgetting whether you smoke or not,) rise into the blue—or the blues! I have been talking with "about!"# you with the John Hays & with the genial King, who is lodged below me here & who convokes us sometimes (Hay & me—with others) to the most gorgeous feasts—when he is not buying old silk tapestries, or the petticoats of Mme de Pompadour, to cover New York chairs; or selling silver mines to the Banque de Paris, or p◇ p◇ philandering with Ferdinand Rothschild, who appears unable to live without him. These allusions to Tillypronie are the touch of nature which makes us all kin & which makes it "also!"# impossible I should forbear any longer to send you a greeting. Receive it, my dear Laird, as tenderly as it’s sent. I think that what has most attendri myself is hearing from Mrs. Hay (who kindly read me some extracts from a letter of Lady Clark’s) that you are coming to Folkestone for the winter. This is a most lovely fact. I gather that you don’t care at all for that classic refuge of the seasick; but this fact is perfectly indifferent to me. It is enough that Folkestone is but two or three hours from London & that I shall be able—si vous le voulez bien—to go & see you there. You will see that I shall avail myself of this facility. Kindly write me & tell me when you migrate, & whether (as I think Mrs H. told me) you don’t stop awhile in London on 233 1882 5 10 15 20 25 your way. I have wandering about the provinces ever since the middle of September—that is, till 15 days ago, & learning more about France than I ever learned before. What I have learned I will tell you, some time, at Folkestone; it is for the most part to the credit of this interesting country. Touraine, Anjou, Poitou, Gascony, Provence, Burgundy—I have examined them all (more or less,) & seen many picturesque & curious things. Paris is the same old Paris—on the whole I am very fond of it, though I dislike this particular quarter. I have a good many old friends here—& when I am only de passage (a passage of three weeks, as now) my life is too much of a scamper & a scramble. I maintain however that Paris is a good place to work, if you succeed in beginning. The theatres are dull, the restaurants are ruinous, the streets are (for Paris,) dirty. People pretend to feel very insecure & to hear the grondement of subterraneous revolutions. The government is shaky & lives but from day-today & the air has a certain little odour of dynamite. The rain also falls with a persistency worthy of a better cause. With these drawbacks however, th◇ Paris is delightful! I haven’t seen the Westons, though I have tried twice; elles étaient dans leurs malles, watching eachother’s sick-beds, &c. I am to be hear here but a week longer, & after that am to bask in the sun of Bolton St. Kindly address me there. Permit me to send my love to Lady Clark & to assure you of the undying friendship of yours very faithfully Henry James jr Previous publication: Horne 140–43 < 231.33 wri[te] • [MS torn] 231.34 p a • [a overwrites p] 232.1 explanations • explan- | ations 232.20 p◇ p◇ philandering • [illegible letter overwrites illegible letter; h overwrites illegible letter] 234 The Complete Letters of Henry James 232.20 Rothschild • Roths- | child 233.16–17 to- | day • to-day 233.19 th◇ Paris • [Pa overwrites th and illegible letter] 233.20 leurs • [s inserted] 233.21 eachother’s • [HJ’s compound] 233.21 hear here • [re overwrites ar] 233.23–26 Lady [. . .] Henry James jr • [written across the letter’s first page] < 232.5 opéra • Palais Garnier, or the “new Opera House” in HJ’s time, 8, rue Scribe, across rue Auber from the Grand Hôtel, where he was writing. 232.7–8 Scotch mountains & moors • HJ occasionally visited the Clarks at their Scottish estate, Tillypronie, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. 232.15 John Hays • John Milton Hay (1838–1905), author and statesman , and his wife, Clara Stone Hay (1849–1914). 232.15 genial King • Clarence Rivers King. 232.20 Ferdinand Rothschild • Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839– 98), French-born art collector and patron who resided in England after 1860. 232.25 attendri • touched or affected. 232.26–27 Lady Clark’s • Charlotte Coltman Clark (1851–97). 232.31 si vous le voulez bien • if you are willing. 233.1 wandering about the provinces • HJ traveled through southern France in September and October 1882. The tour produced essays that became “En Province,” which was serialized in the Atlantic Monthly in 1883 and 1884 and later collected in A Little Tour in France (1885). 233.10 de passage • passing through. 233.15 grondement • rumbling. 233.20 Westons • Anne W. Weston (b. 1812) and Deborah Weston (1814–89), aunts of Elizabeth Bates Chapman Laugel, who was married to the Nation’s Paris correspondent, Auguste Laugel. 233.20–21 elles étaient dans leurs malles • they were packing their trunks. 235 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 CHARLES HALLAM ELTON BROOKFIELD 22 November [1882] ALS Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine 3 Bolton St. Piccadilly W. Nov. 22d ———— Dear Mr. Brookfield. It has come into my head to ask of you an opinion, & I will be as brief as possible in laying my case before you! Last winter, I being in America, the Manager of one of the New York theatres asked me to write him a play. I agreed to do so, & took my subject from a little story which I had published some time before, & which had had great success in the United States. In a word, I dramatized my story{, "with large alterations.!"# After the work was done, however, the Manager & I fell out; indeed, he didn’t like the play (for which I am bound of course to hold him an "a!"# jackass!) & I returned to England with my comedy in my pocket. I confess that I believe in it somewhat less as a good acting play than I did at the time I wrote it. Still, I cannot but think it has a certain v◇ value & is a rather pretty production; & I take the liberty of sending it to you to read, with this one special view—that you kindly tell me whether you see yourself, as the French say, in the part of Eugenio, the courier. That is mainly what I wish to learn from you; but there are two or three points besides. When I saw Odette last summer at the Haymarket & admired your remarkably accomplished acting of the majordomo at the gambling=saloon—I said to myself—“How well Brookfield would do my Eugenio!” The part is an important one—if you were to play it you might make it the most important one in the piece. My little reasoning is as follows: that if you should take a fancy to the part, & believe you might make a hit in it, it might be worth my while to make some overtures to Mr. & Mrs. Bancroft about the play. I have no desire to do 236 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 this without calculating probabilities in advance; & one of these has seemed to me to be that they may be influenced in some degree—perhaps in a large degree—by seeing an opportunity for a good part for you. I learn moreover that they have lately engaged a young American actress—of whom I know nothing. The heroine of my comedy should "can!"# only be played by an American (who should also be young & pretty;) & I have therefore made the further reflection that if the part of Daisy Miller should "appear to!"# suit the young lady in question, & the part of Eugenio strike you as a good fit, these two facts, taken together, may constitute "give me!"# sufficient ground to address myself to Mr. & Mrs. B. I must beg you in the meantime to say nothing to them about my piece, if you will be so good, & indeed to say nothing of the contents of this letter to any one at all— unless the spirit should move you to impart it to your mother. If you have the leisure, will you kindly read it "my comedy!"# & meditate on it in private only; for I wish this not in the least to be construed as an appeal ◇s "through you!"# to the Bancrofts, but only as a request for your own personal impression of the rôle of the Courier{—& also, of the adaptability of the young lady in question "just mentioned!"# (if you know anything about her) to the other part. I send you the play” in another envelope: don’t be frightened, I do not inflict upon you the outrage of a MS. The piece has been printed—not, as yet, published, & you will have no difficulty in deciphering it. I only venture to repeat my desire that no one else should see it.—I have written you a long & somewhat complicated letter, but I have no doubt that (with the assistance of your good-nature) you will be able to make it out. There are two or three things more I ought to say (one or two of them of importance;) but I will keep them till I see you. For, to close, I mean to ask of you to come & see me after you have read my little book—assuming always that you a◇ accomplish that feat. Will you meantime let me know by a line that you have safely received it? I hope greatly that your mother 237 1882 is well—I have only just returned from a long absence in Paris, & shall soon ascertain for myself. Believe me very truly yours Henry James jr Previous publication: HJL 2: 389–90 < 235.15 {, • [, overwrites .] 235.21 v◇ value • [a overwrites illegible letter] 235.27–28 major- | domo • major-domo 236.1 probabilities • probabil- | ities 236.20 {— • [—overwrites .] 236.22 ” • [blotted out] 236.27 somewhat • some- | what 236.32–33 a◇ accomplish • [first c overwrites illegible letter] < 235.1 CHARLES HALLAM ELTON BROOKFIELD • English actor and, later in life, playwright. Brookfield (1857–1913) was the son of Jane Octavia Brookfield, whom HJ had known since at least 1879. See James’s notes on Brookfield’s acting in “London Pictures and London Plays” (263). 235.11 the Manager • Daniel Frohman (1851–1940). See also James, The Complete Notebooks 232. 235.12–13 took my subject from a little story • Daisy Miller. 235.16 the Manager & I fell out • See also HJ to Isabella Stewart Gardner , 5 June [1882], p. 163. 235.31 My little reasoning is as follows • James’s strategy seems to be to interest Brookfield in the part so that the actor would then promote the play with Lady Marie Wilton Bancroft (1839–1921) and Sir Squire Bancroft (1841–1926), who managed the Haymarket Theatre. The play was never produced, however. See also Edel, “Editor’s Foreword” 118–19. 236.5 American actress • Probably Eleanor Calhoun (1864?–1957), later Princess Lazarovich-Hrebelianovich, whom the Bancrofts engaged in late November 1882 (“Theatrical Intelligence”). 238 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 WILLIAM HENRY HUNTINGTON 22 November [1882] ALS University of Virginia Library Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Special Collections, Papers of Henry James, MSS 6251-c, box 8, folder 71 3 Bolton St. Piccadilly. Nov. 22d ———— My dear Huntington. My last two or three days in Paris were such a feverish scramble, & my first twenty-fours / "hours!"# here have been such a clammy prostration, (don’t you admire that antithesis?) that I have not had till this moment the freedom of mind or of hand to answer your charming letter. That letter only increased my regret at having to leave Paris without seeing you; it gave me such an impression of your undiminishd wit & geniality”. I should have knocked at your door fifty times more if I had not been living in a whirlwind of engagements, which compelled me to snatch such hasty moments as I might for scaling the precipitous flanks of Montmartre. I feared that” I came at unpropitious hours, & I had really to come when I could; & I remembered also that, of old, I had found you at the most heterogeneous times. It was insufferable however to miss you; if it had been foretold me in advance that I should do so beyond remedy, I should have branded the soothsayer as a charlatan. I didn’t leave my address until the last time because I confess I don’t consider the Grand Hotel an "a!"# proper address—or, indeed, any address at all. I saw you wandering through those gilded courts, through mazes of sallow South Americans—& I shrunk from condemning you to that mockery. I am, however, not without a hope (though I have no certainty) of being able to spend a few days in Paris later in the winter.) I wish to see Le Roi s’Amuse (do you suppose he’ll amuse the public?) I wish 239 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 to see Foedora, I wish to see you, & I wish also to see my old friend T. Child, if he is still in Paris & you can give me news of him. Please (in this last case) to give "him!"# my friendly remembrances & say that if I had known where to ask about him (save of you, whom I meant to ask) I should have knocked at his door also. The Parisian appears to be no more, & I have forgotten his old address. I had a better quarter of an hour than I expected on the channel (on Monday) & I find l London not a shade darker & several inches less under water, than your diluvian city. But, incontestably, c’est moins gai. I am shut up with a cold, "contracted on the traversée,!"# & I am about to sit down to my lunch in the shape of a fried sole & a cup of cocoa! You see I am re-Anglicized indeed. I have seen no one as yet—not even the Smalleys. I have under consideration the matter of giving your remembrances to G. W. S., but as yet have arrived (under the circumstances,) at no decision. If I do give ’em, I shall make ’em pungent. "pungent.!"# The two London topics appear to be the Review of Saturday last, which inflated (à peu de frais, after all, I think) the British breast, & the damning of Tennyson’s new play. The latter appears to have been really damnable. I don’t suppose you will reply to this, but if you do you might mention whether you are going to Italianize, this winter. “I could hate ye for’t” as some one says in the School for Scandal. I should have delighted to see your privately printed utterances of her Scotch ladyship. I send you many regrets for the past & hopes for the future, & with innumerable good wishes remain very faithfully yours H. James jr W. H Huntington esq. Curator (poco-curator) of the Franklin Institute. No previous publication < 238.12 s / " • [" overwrites s /] 240 The Complete Letters of Henry James 238.17 undiminishd • [misspelled] 238.17 ”. • [. overwrites ,] 238.21 ” • [blotted out] 239.8 l London • [L overwrites l] < 238.1 WILLIAM HENRY HUNTINGTON • William Henry Huntington (1820–85), American philanthropist and Paris-based correspondent for the Tribune. 238.25–26 foretold me [. . .] branded the soothsayer as a charlatan • See Julius Caesar, act 1, scene 2, when Caesar responds to the Soothsayer’s “Beware the ides of March” with “He is a dreamer, let us leave him” (lines 12–23). 238.28 Grand Hotel • The Grand Hotel, one of the most luxurious in Paris, in the boulevard des Capucines, adjacent to the Paris Opera House, Palais Garnier. 238.34 Le Roi s’Amuse • Victor Hugo’s Le roi s’amuse, which the Théâtre Français revived on 23 November 1882 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the original production (“Drama” 745). 239.1 Foedora • Victorien Sardou’s Fédora, which debuted 11 December 1882 at the Théâtre du Vaudeville and starred Sarah Bernhardt. 239.2 T. Child • Theodore E. Child. 239.6 Parisian • An Anglo-French journal edited by Theodore E. Child, the Parisian published HJ’s “A Bundle of Letters” (1879) and his review of Zola’s Nana (1880). 239.8 Monday • 20 November 1882. 239.10 c’est moins gai • it’s less cheerful. 239.11 traversée • crossing. 239.16 G. W. S. • George Washburn Smalley. 239.19 à peu de frais • at little expense. 239.20 British breast • HJ may be referring to “The Gospel of Relaxation ,” in which the anonymous writer takes up the subject of overwork in the United States and Britain. One of the examples of American overwork is Mr. Ruck from HJ’s “The Pension Beaurepas.” 239.20 damning of Tennyson’s new play • The Promise of May. Though 241 1882 25 30 the play did not receive strong positive reviews (the Saturday Review called it a “failure” [“Mr. Tennyson’s Play”], and the London Evening News called its presentation of “social and moral problems” “tiresome and wholly undramatic” [“Jottings”]), HJ might also allude to the disruption that occurred during the play’s third performance. Lord Queensberry, objecting to the sentiments about freethinking expressed by one of the characters at the conclusion of the opening scene, rose from his seat in the stalls and “loudly protested against the Laureate’s representation of the principles of free-thought. After considerable interruption, the act was allowed to proceed to its close; but immediately upon the fall of the curtain Lord Queensberry rose, and, apparently under the influence of considerable excitement, announced himself as a professing freethinker, and once more accused Mr. Tennyson of presenting a travesty of the sentiments of the sect to which he avowedly belonged” (“Mr. Tennyson and the Freethinkers”). 239.23–24 “I could hate ye for’t” [. . .] School for Scandal • In Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The School for Scandal, Mrs. Candour says, responding to ridicule of another that makes her laugh, “Ha! ha! ha! well, you make me laugh, but I vow I hate you for it” (act 2, scene 2, p. 41). JOHN MILTON HAY 26 November [1882] ALS Brown University John Hay Collection 3 Bolton St, Piccadilly W. Nov. 26th My dear Hay. Your letter reives the impression of an episode suffused with that tenderness, as we littérateurs say, which hangs over perished things. I was beginning to doubt that I had ever spent three wet weeks in Paris, but your handwriting is a document of much weight. Send a specimen of it to: M. Chabanette, pédicure 3 Rue d’Alger (“Priére à M. C. de pauer chez M. J. H., &c”) & 242 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 he will put your feet into such order that you will be almost able to write with them. He operates à domicile "(his own,)!"# as well—only he is never there; & he gladly comes to you at a designated hour, mainly in the morning. He also converses agreeably—for which he makes no extra charge. London is literally lovely—bright mild weather—no fogs, no rain, no dynamite, no Zola, nor Bélot, nor Marc de Montifaud, nor Lion d’Or, nor Tête de Linotte, nor Grand Hotel, nor Chabanette, nor other insidious gallicisms. Tell King to arrive quickly, before all the Roussoffs are sold, in New Bond St. Roussoff is a divine water-colourist who does Venice comme personne— but some of the best are already gone. I never dreamed that I could desire the produce of a female brush—but there are one or two Clara Montalbas that.....(imagine me kissing my fingertips —or those of Miss Clara.) Oh yes—for “sure enough”—you must be good "genuine!"# Rabelaisian. You have only to eat a bad dinner once in a while & drink a toast to “the master.” It’s a sure thing. I helped to found the club—m’y voyez-vous— toasting Rabelais?—so I suppose I ought to know.—Turgenieff was not back in town when I left Paris, & I think ◇ did not expect to return for another week or two, & he also, I am sorry to say, appeared to me, though nominally re-established, much broken, aged, & altered. But I shall be very happy in a day or two to send you a note to him—he must soon have left Bougival. I hope your daily ducking is beginning to “tell”—is it because you are becoming web-footed that you want the pédicure? I look for the Laird of Tillypronie in about another week. Think a little about coming over—this is really a golden day—the sun incommodes me at my writing-table. What more can it do at Cannes? I send very friendly remembrances to Mrs. Hay, & I embrace the little wisps. Remembr Remember that I shall always be very glad to hear from you & believe me always faithfully yours H. James jr Bien des choses to King—but especially this one: Arrivez-donc! 243 1882 Previous publication: Monteiro 1: 87–88 < 242.14–15 finger- | tips • finger-tips 242.20 ◇ did • [d overwrites illegible letter] 242.22 re-established • re- | established 242.31 Remembr Remember • [er overwrites r] 242.33 Bien des [. . .] Arrivez-donc! • [written across the letter’s first page] < 242.7 Bélot • Adolphe Belot (1829–90), best-selling and rather scandalous novelist and playwright. 242.7 Marc de Montifaud • Pseudonym of Marie-Amélie Quivogne de Montifaud (1849–1912), writer and art critic. She shocked many readers with the publication of Vestales de l’église (1877), Les dévoyés (1879), and Mme Ducroisy (1879), which resulted in her being fined and sent to prison for violations of public morality. 242.7–8 Lion d’Or • Restaurant, Cabaret du Lion d’Or, 7, rue du Helder. 242.8 Tête de Linotte • Tête de Linotte: Comédie en trois actes by Théodore Barrière and Edmond Gondinet, first performed at the Théâtre du Vaudeville, 11 September 1882. 242.9 King • Clarence Rivers King. 242.10 Roussoff • Alexandre Nicolaïevitch Roussoff (1844–1928), pseudonym of Alexandre Wolkoff-Mouromtzoff. Wolkoff-Mouromtzoff’s granddaughter wrote that her grandfather assumed the name Roussoff for his paintings to distinguish himself from another painter named Wolkoff (Clough 107). 242.11 comme personne • like nobody else. 242.14 Clara Montalbas • Clara Montalba (1842–1929), British painter. 242.18 m’y voyez-vous • look at me here. 242.24 Bougival • Western suburb of Paris. 242.27 Laird of Tillypronie • Sir John Forbes Clark. 244 The Complete Letters of Henry James 15 20 25 30 242.30 Mrs. Hay • Clara Stone Hay (1849–1914), daughter of American industrialist Amasa Stone and wife (m. 1874) of John Milton Hay. 242.30–31 little wisps • John and Clara Hay had three children at the time of this letter: Helen Hay Whitney (1875–1944), Adelbert Stone (1876–1901), and Alice Hay Wadsworth Boyd (1880–1960). Their fourth, Clarence Leonard (1884–1969), was born 19 December 1884. 242.33 Bien des choses • All the best. 242.33 Arrivez-donc! • Come along! WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS 27 November [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1784 (253)-49 3 Bolton St. Piccadilly W. Nov. 27th My dear Howells. It is not a “literary form” but a perfect verity that your letter this a.m. found me on the point of writing to you. Were you dissolved in Alpine torrents or frozen in Alpine snows—had you grown stiff over your current serial, or had you stealhily returned to a Boston suburb? These wonderments had passed through my mind, & I am delighted to have them answered. More seriously, I figured you fled to Italia nostra—I don’t know however but that I envy you that pleasure the more as still impending. Of course you have been under the spout of heaven, as we all have been, but I am afraid it has been held more directly over your little corner of creation than over some others. May a sunny Italian winter make up for it.—I trust at best that the wetness of the world has only watered your ink—i.e. made it flow as freely ◇ as was necessary. Do you go to Italy with your novel finished? I wish you that joy. I hope the brevity of your mention of your wife’s illness is the measure of 245 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 its duration & gravity. May she be speedily as well as she likes! Please to give her my kind remembrances.—I came back from Paris (where after coming up from my six weeks in the provinces I had been since Nov. 1st) just a week ago—so that I missed the little breeze produced, as I am told, by your "the!"# November Century. I see in the last Academy that you have never seen the magazine ◇—of which I should long since have sent you a copy did I not suppose that the publishers had the civility to do so. I send you one to-day, that is as soon as I can promise it (having given all my own away)—with the hideous misprints in my Venice corrected. You are accused of having sacrificed—in your patriotic passion for the works of H. J. jr—Vanity Fair & Henry Esmond to Daisy Miller & Poor Richard! The indictment is rubbish—all your text says is that the “confidential” manner of Thackeray would not be tolerable to-day in a younger school, which should attempt to reproduce it. Such at least is all I see in it & all you ever meant to put. When I say “you are accused” all I mean to allude to is a nasty little paragraph in the World which accuses Warner you & me of being linked in the most drivelling mutual admiration, & which accuses me "individually!"# of a “tepid, inter invertebrate, captain’s-biscuit” style! "Of!"# T the articles in the S. R. & P. M. I have seen only the former. Warner’s article on England exposes him, I think; it seems to me crude, boyish & not well written—especially for an editor of Men of Letters. But don’t let the other matter bother you; it is infinitesimally small & the affair of 3⁄4’s of a minute. I don’t know whether your Scotch publisher sends you (as he ought, if you wish them—I never do) notices of your M. I., but there is no doubt that you are rapidly ◇ coming very distinctly before the British public. You have only to go on.—I saw a good deal of John Hay, & C. King in Paris, & got on beautifully with them both. Hay is an excellent fellow, & King is a charmer. He charms all the bricábrac out of the shops. I made a goodly tour in France, to do it in Harper, & was informed on my return to Paris 246 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 that Harper didn’t want it! Laffan, who put me up to it, is much abashed. Write me as soon as you rest, somewhere, in Italy, & above all, give me your general address!! I embrace you all. Ever your H. James jr. I return your Missouri letter; the coolest of all the cool ones! Previous publication: Anesko 235–38; HJL 2: 391–92 < 244.22 stealhily • [misspelled] 244.32 ◇ as • [a overwrites blotted illegible letter] 245.7 ◇— • [—overwrites illegible letter] 245.10 misprints • mis- | prints 245.21–22 T the • [t overwrites T] 245.26 infinitesimally • infin- | itesimally 245.29 ◇ coming • [c overwrites illegible letter] 246.6 I return [. . .] cool ones! • [written across the letter’s first page] < 244.22 grown stiff over your current serial • Anesko writes that “A Woman’s Reason did not begin its run in the Century until the next year (February–October 1883)” (235). 244.25 Italia nostra • our Italy. 244.34 your wife’s illness • Erysipelas, a bacterial skin infection (Anesko 236n4). 245.5–6 little breeze produced [. . .] November Century • The November 1882 number of the Century carried Howells’s article “Henry James, Jr.” The “little breeze” must have been the result of the “outpouring of retributive journalism—especially in England—because of the negative comparisons WDH [William Dean Howells] made to the work of Thackeray and Charles Dickens” (Anesko 236n5). In addition, Charles Dudley Warner’s “England,” which did not praise English fiction, also appeared in the issue. One of the breeze creators was published in the Literary Gossip column of the Athenæum (Anesko 236n6). 247 1882 245.6 in the last Academy • HJ misremembers. See Literary Gossip (25 Nov. 1882) and Anesko 236n6. 245.10–11 hideous misprints in my Venice • HJ’s “Venice” immediately preceded Howells’s “Henry James, Jr.” in the Century. See HJ to Isabella Stewart Gardner, 12 November [1882], pp. 229–30, for some examples of the misprints. 245.18–19 World [. . .] Warner you & me • In addition to the articles by HJ and Howells in the November 1882 issue of the Century Magazine, Charles Dudley Warner published “England,” in which he argued that fiction from the United States had to be understood not in terms of English fiction but in terms of the particular American conditions that produced it: “There can be no development of a nation’s literature worth anything that is not out of its own lines, out of its own native materials” (141). The London World, pushing back against the three Americans in a single issue of the Century, offered the following response: “Poor old Dickens and Thackeray are kicked out of court. [. . .] Let us burn our editions de luxe, and fill our shelves with dime copies of Daisy Miller or Their Wedding Journey ” (qtd. in Anesko 237). 245.22 articles in the S. R. & P. M. • “The Arabian Nights” and “The Modern Novel” in the Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art and a “Review of A Modern Instance” in the Pall Mall Gazette (qtd. in Anesko 237n11). 245.27 Scotch publisher • David Douglas (1823–1916). 245.28 M. I. • A Modern Instance. 245.31 C. King • Clarence Rivers King. 245.33–246.1 a goodly tour in France, to do it in Harper [. . .] Harper didn’t want it! • “En Province,” published in the Atlantic Monthly. 246.1 Laffan • William Mackay Laffan. 248 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 30 THEODORE E. CHILD [30 November 1882] ALS University of Virginia Library Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Special Collections, Papers of Henry James, MSS 6251-c, box 1, folder 43 Dear Child. Only a word. Did I send you yesterday a mutilated “Point of View,” by accident? If I did—a word on a postcard will do—you shall have another? I sent to some one a torn copy—May it not have been you! Bien à vous H. James jr No previous publication < 248.1 THEODORE E. CHILD • Theodore E. Child (1846–92), English writer and journalist residing in Paris. He worked as a Paris correspondent to the London newspapers and edited the Parisian, an Anglo-French periodical to which HJ contributed. 248.2 [30 November 1882] • A note also concerning a “mutilated” copy of HJ’s Point of View was sent to William Dean Howells on 30 November [1882] (pp. 248–49), and this was probably sent the same day. WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS 30 November [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1784 (253)-133 Dear Howells. Was that a torn c Century (leaves missing from the Point of View) I sent you last night? If so, a word on a postcard will ensure a substitute. 249 1882 10 15 20 25 30 Your devotissimo H James jr Nov 30th No previous publication < 248.32 c C • [C overwrites c] ELIZABETH EBERSTADT LEWIS 1 December [1882] ALS Bodleian Library Oxford Dep. c. 834 f. 11–12 ✉ Dear Mrs. Lewis. I am very sorry you shld. have any quarrel with providence, & shall be delighted to come & assist at the reconciliation on Thursday 14th at 8. Very faithfully yours H James jr 3 Bolton St. W. Dec. 1st ———— ✉ Mrs. Lewis 88 Portland Place. W. [Partially legible postmark:] LONDON • W. 1 DE 1 82 4 No previous publication 250 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 JOHN MILTON HAY 5 December [1882] ALS Brown University John Hay Collection 3 Bolton St. Mayfair. ———— Dec. 5th My dear Hay. Here is the note I promised you for Turgenieff, who I think by this time must have come back to town. When you call—do so preferably in the a.m. (that is, at least, the hour I have usually seen him,) wait, after you have sent up my note, & he will see you at the moment. Otherwise, write, with it, a line of your own, to the effect that h you will come at any moment he may appoint. I have seen our genial Clarence, who is as genial as ever, though talking a little too much for one’s nerves, perhaps, about Fortuny & other £5000 people & things. I shall see him again, & as yet have seen "heard!"# nothing of “Ferdie.” This however is not necessary to my happiness, as London happens to be very bright & dry (excuse my cruelty,) & I am very happy "glad!"# to find myself again at my little British fireside—which doesn’t go out when I do. I have asked King about you, & he has spoken well on the whole. I regret Paris at moments, but only in my more imaginative hours. The Clarks arrive here in a few days, & we shall have a meeting (with C. K.) to which you & Mrs. Hay will manquer. Please to give my very kind remembrances to that lady & believe me very faihfully yours H James jr Previous publication: Monteiro 1: 88–89 < 250.15 h you • [y overwrites h] 250.29 faihfully • [misspelled] 251 1882 10 15 20 25 30 < 250.17–27 Clarence [. . .] King [. . .] C. K. • Clarence Rivers King. 250.19 Fortuny • Mariano José María Fortuny y Carbo (1838–74), Spanish painter popular among American collectors (Monteiro 1: 168). 250.20 “Ferdie” • Baron Ferdinand James Anselm de Rothschild (1839– 98) (Monteiro 1: 168). 250.28 manquer • be absent. THEODORE E. CHILD 5 December [1882] ALS University of Virginia Library Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Special Collections, Papers of Henry James, MSS 6251-c, box 8, folder 31 3 Bolton St. Piccadilly Nov{ "Dec!"# 5th My dear Child. Your friendly letter increases my regret ◇ at not having seen you in Paris. If I had managed to catch Huntington, I certainly should have seen you as well, but I failed in that good-fortune through the limitations of my time, as I had many—too many— irons on the fire. So you absolutely never come to London? I am afraid you have forgotten that this Philistine city has after all du bon. So much so that I at any rate am very glad, at the beginning of the winter, to find myself back at a British fireside. I spent six weeks in France, in the provinces, before coming to Paris & vi◇◇ visited 20 villes du Midi—some of which, like London, had du bon. I looked at M. Rabusson in the Revue, & found him dirty sans le moindre talent. What "the devil!"# is coming over you Frenchmen?—ces messieurs seem to me to have lost the perception of anything in nature but the genital organs. The French imagination ne sort pas de là. You will probably think these strictures of the most prudish hypocrisy. Thank you all the 252 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 same for your account of Daudet’s new novel, which sounds very curious & interesting, but "and!"# which I await with interest. Tell him that an American, not without talent, adores him, & spent a day at Tarascon not long ago soely solely for the love of him & of his Tartarin. I have read three or four of Renan’s papers, & am anxious for the book. The said Renan is a queer mixture. He has an enchanting mind, but it needs ventilation, awfully. I should like to see your books, & envy you that good company. I don’t collect—I fear possessions—which seem also to fear me. I envy ◇ you your new pieces, & other Parisian things, & am never absolutely unlikely to go & see a few. Love to H. W. H. Tout à vous H. James jr Previous publication: Horne 143–44 < 251.19 ◇ at • [at overwrites illegible letter] 251.28 vi◇◇ visited • [si overwrites illegible letters] 251.32 perception • per- | ception 251.33 imagination • ima- | gination 252.10 ◇ you • [y overwrites illegible letter] < 251.24–25 du bon • some good in it. 251.28 villes du Midi • towns in the South of France. 251.29 M. Rabusson in the Revue • French writer Henry Rabusson (1850–1922), whose Dans le monde had just appeared in the Revue des Deux Mondes. 251.30 sans le moindre • without any. 251.31 ces messieurs • these men. 251.33 ne sort pas de là • doesn’t leave there. 252.4–5 Tarascon [. . .] Tartarin • See “En Province,” 217–28. 252.5–6 Renan’s papers • Souvenirs d’enfance et de jeunesse. The last two installments appeared in November 1882. 253 1882 10 15 20 25 30 252.12 H. W. H. • Possibly a reference to William Henry Huntington; HJ had made this mistake with Huntington’s initials at least once. See HJ to Sr., 20 December [1875] (CLHJ, 1872–1876 3: 25). HENRIETTA REUBELL 5 December [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (1051) 3 Bolton St. Mayfair Dec. ◇ 5th Cara Signorina. A little note from you always does me good—even as little a one as your gracious epistle of Sunday. But how could you write me a longer one on that brilliant day, entourée que vous êtes de tout votre petit monde! I am glad you got a whole Century, as by inadvertence I sent only half a one to somebody or other. Yes, I am very complicated—je ne connais que vous qui le soit davantage; & you haven’t arrived at the end of my complications yet—any more than I have of yours. However, I can be simple when I try, as just now, trying to rig !"#write!"# by the light of a London fog. It has however mostly been lovely since my return, & yesterday the whole place was en fête, to see the Queen go in state to the City, to open certain law-Courts. She looked more than ever like a housemaid out of place (in a royal coach,) but a big London turn-out is always an imposing sight. I have thought of you very often since my return, & of your amiable mother & of your great kindness & hospitality. I hope your life goes bravely on & that every day brings forth some little sensation. I wish I had been with you to the Roi S’Amuse, which you don’t appear to have found dull, like the others, & which I crtainly shld. not have found so, seated at 254 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 your side. I await Mrs. Boit à bras ouverts! (Don’t repeat cette formule.) I have even accepted an invitation to meet her at Copt Hall. I wish I could meet you too! Give my love to your dear Mother. Give my kind remembrances to your brother & his beautiful wife. Give my blessing to tout votre jeune monde, & say, in especial, something as friendly as possible for me to Sargent. Finally believe in all the sentiments of yours H. James jr I told you I would send you my last novel—it has gone to the binders! ———— No previous publication < 253.12 ◇ 5 • [5 overwrites illegible letter] 253.19 complicated • complica- | ted 253.25 Queen • [n malformed] 253.25 law-Courts • law- | Courts 253.33 crtainly • [misspelled] 254.9–11 I told [. . .] binders! ———— • [written across the letter’s first page] < 253.13 Cara Signorina • Dear young lady. 253.16–17 entourée que vous êtes de tout votre petit monde! • surrounded as you are by your own little world! 253.19–20 je ne connais que vous qui le soit davantage • I only know that you are more so. 253.24–25 yesterday the whole place was en fête [. . .] to open certain law-Courts. • The opening of the Royal Courts of Justice in London took place on 4 December 1882, a festive annual event marked by large crowds and a public appearance by Queen Victoria (“Opening” 4). 253.31–32 Roi S’Amuse • Victor Hugo’s Le roi s’amuse. 254.1 Mrs. Boit • Mary Louisa Boit. 255 1882 15 20 25 30 254.1 à bras ouverts • with open arms. 254.1–2 cette formule • this phrase. 254.4 your brother • Collector Jean Jacques Reubell (c. 1850–1933). 254.5 his beautiful wife • Adeline Emma Post Reubell (d. 1892). 254.5–6 tout votre jeune monde • your youthful world. 254.9 my last novel • The Siege of London, The Pension Beaurepas, and The Point of View. ROBERTSON JAMES 6 December [1882] MS photocopy Creighton University 3 Bolton St, Piccadilly Dec. 6th Dear Bob. A letter of yours came to me two or three weeks ago, after a most extraordinary delay—being dated Oct. 8th. I suspect however that the Oct. was ◇ "a!"# slip of your pen for Nov., as the slowness is otherwise unaccountable. It told me of what I had already learned from Alice—your h[aving] arranged to look after Mr. Holton’s affairs, & abide with your family & with him. This is apparently a course which has so much to recommend it that the news gave me great pleasure, & I hope very much to hear that you are making it work. Don’t let your periodical mania for change—which is simply a temp[t]ation of the devil— attack you; or rather if it does attack you, don’t on any accoun[t] let i[t] get the better of you, for if it [d]oes the devil will g[et] poss[es]sion of you altogether. Refle[c]t on all the good sides of your [s]ituation—the security, the out-of-door life, the union with your family, that this arrangement assu[r]es you, & make up your min[d] to get used to it, & live into [it,] even when it bores you mos[t]. Excuse my preaching, & reme[m]ber I learned 256 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 to do that last summer. I have a horror of heari[ng] that you have again tormen[te]d yourself into a quarrel with de[s]tiny, at a moment when destiny is offering you easy & liberal terms. Give my love & blessing to Mary & the children. I have been in France for the last 12 weeks, but am now settled for the winter in these quarters which you know; only I am at present occupying “your” rooms. I mean to send you some money after the New Year. Don’t speak of owing me anything: you owe me nothing— nothing but to m[a]ke "the effort!"# to take life as reasonably as po[ssib]le & not to wage ▬ "[war]!"# against the practicable, which must ever be a compromise. Ever faithfully yours H. James jr Write me soon again. Previous publication: Maher 130–31 < [Material in bracketed italics taken from an examination of Maher (130–31), who saw the original manuscript and represents part of it.] 255.33 reme[m]ber • [copy-text illegible] 256.1 heari[ng] • [not in HJ’s hand] 256.8 anything • any= | thing 256.10 po[ssib]le • [not in HJ’s hand] 256.10 [war] • [not in HJ’s hand] 256.10–13 against the practicable [. . .] Write me soon again. • [written across the letter’s first page] < 255.11 6 December [1882] • This letter must have been written in 1882 for the following reasons. HJ’s remarks about having returned from France (“I have been in France for the last 12 weeks, but am now settled for the winter in these quarters”) point to 1882. Also, HJ wrote this letter after RJ had visited London (“these quarters which you know [. . .] ‘your’ rooms”) and when RJ was about to take up residency in his fatherin -law’s Milwaukee home (“your h[aving] arranged to look after Mr. Holton’s affairs, & abide with your family & with him”). RJ traveled dur- 257 1882 20 25 30 ing the spring of 1882 to the Azores, Portugal, and England and spent the summer at 3 Bolton Street (Maher 142–44; Edel, The Middle Years 44). RJ then returned to Milwaukee to take up residence in the house of Edward Holton. 255.22 Mr. Holton’s affairs, & abide [. . .] with him • According to Maher (144), in late 1882, having made a promise to Sr. that he would attempt to overcome his negative feelings toward Edward Holton, RJ agreed to move into his father-in-law’s home along with his wife and children. The meaning of RJ’s “look[ing] after Mr. Holton’s affairs” isn’t clear. 255.22 Mr. Holton • Edward Holton. 256.4 Mary & the children • Mary Lucinda Holton James, Edward Holton James, and Mary Walsh James (Vaux). ELIZABETH EBERSTADT LEWIS 8 December [1882] ALS Bodleian Library Oxford Dep. c. 834 f. 13 3 Bolton St. Piccadilly. Dec. 8th Dear Mrs. Lewis. I have received a sad telegram from America, which compels me to break, to my very great regret, all impending engagements. My poor father is apparently dying & I have reason to expect worse news from one day to the other”. (Excuse my half-sheet—I didn’t see it till I turned.) I dare not therefore venture to hope I can keep my promise to dine with you on Thursday; as between this day & that I may (from present appearances) receive a telegram telling me what I fear is only too certain. You will understand this & will sympathise with me{, & I am glad to give you no later notice. Very faithfully yours Henry James jr 258 The Complete Letters of Henry James 10 15 20 25 30 No previous publication < 257.26 ”. • [. overwrites ,] 257.29 present • pre- | sent 257.31 {, • [, overwrites .] EDMUND GOSSE 10 December [1882] BC Gosse Correspondence 3 Bolton St. Piccadilly W. Dec. 10th. ———— Dear Gosse. If you haven’t already sent me that MS. don’t send it. I sail for America on Tuesday, summoned by the critical condition of my father, who is dangerously ill. Give me your good wishes across this wintry Atlantic. I dont know the length of my absence—it may be short, it may last till the summer. Will you kindly communicate my departure to Howells, & tell him I will write him from Boston? Will you also please say a "very!"# friendly word to Du Maurier for me, & tell him I shall come & see him as soon as I return? I will do the same to you. Excuse my haste—I have still everything to do, & I leave London tomorrow afternoon. This is always my address. Very truly yours H. James jr P.S. If you have already sent my !"#the!"# MS. (i.e. yesterday,) it will be re-delivered to you here on your calling or sending for it.—or rather, I forget, that in that case it will come tomorrow a.m., & I shall have time to send it back. ———— 259 1882 20 25 30 Previous publication: Moore, Gosse 27–28 < 258.19 Atlantic • [blotted out] < 258.8 EDMUND GOSSE • Sir Edmund William Gosse (1849–1928), poet, essayist, biographer, critic, and important figure in British and American literary culture. Gosse was the London agent for the Century Magazine and gave the Lowell Lectures at Harvard in 1884. He was appointed librarian of the House of Lords in 1904. Gosse and HJ became close friends for the rest of their lives. 258.23 Du Maurier • George Du Maurier (1834–96), novelist and illustrator for Punch. 258.30 !"#the!"# MS. • Probably “Du Maurier and London Society,” which included seven illustrations by Du Maurier. ELIZABETH EBERSTADT LEWIS [11 December 1882] ALS Bodleian Library Oxford Dep. c. 834 f. 14–15 3 Bolton St. Sunday night. ———— Dear Mrs. Lewis. Many thanks for your sympathetic words. I sail for America on Tuesday (leaving London tomorrow,) in the hope of seeing my poor f Father once again before he passes away. I have only time to write you this hurried farewell (at 2 o’clock in the morning.) I count on your good wishing !"#wishes!"# following me on this sad errand across the wintry ocean. I am so tired I don’t see what I write. Belive me ever faithfully yours H. James jr P.S. When you next see Burne Jones please to give him my love. 260 The Complete Letters of Henry James 25 30 Tell him I was on the point of going to see him when this sad news came—I shall do so as soon as I return. Previous publication: HJL 2: 393 < 259.27 f Father • [F overwrites f] 259.31 Belive • [misspelled] < 259.18 [11 December 1882] • Although HJ wrote that this letter was composed on “Sunday night,” he also states that it was written “at 2 o’clock in the morning,” signaling that the letter was written early on Monday, 11 December 1882. 259.27 before he passes away • HJ did not arrive in the United States in time to see his father. Sr. died on 18 December 1882. 259.33 Burne Jones • English artist Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Baronet (1833–98). HJ wrote that Burne-Jones’s “imagination, his fertility of invention, his exquisiteness of work, his remarkable gifts as a colourist—all these things constitute a brilliant distinction” (The Painter’s Eye 147). GEORGE ABBOT JAMES [24 December 1882–12 August 1883] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094.1, box 2 (James, G. A. 12) Sunday. Dear George. I return the documents with gratitude & horror. Fancy poor Cook “danged” in that way by base Bostonians! I shall have a neat suit made me here at home by the laundress!—& will come & show myself when it is done. Ever yours H. James jr 261 1882 15 20 25 30 No previous publication < 260.23 [24 December 1882–12 August 1883] • Based on the first and last Sundays of HJ’s second trip to the United States in 1882, which corresponded with attacks in the Boston newspapers against Joseph Cook. 260.31 poor Cook “danged” • Probably Joseph Cook (1838–1901), minister and lecturer, who during the time of this letter was a regular target of ridicule in news stories published in Boston and elsewhere for his lecture attacks against both spiritualists and scientists. CHARLES ELIOT NORTON [24 or 31 December 1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1088 (3870) My dear Charles. Your note is full of kindness & friendship, & I thank you for all your sympathy. I too have wanted to see you, & I shall do so soon at Shady Hill. I have many things to keep me at home—but I shall nevertheless knock at your door one of these next days. I am very sorry you are shut up, but not on the whole surprised, for the savagery of this climate strikes me afresh. My father’s death is an event to make itself keenly felt by all of us. He had a large & very beneficent place in our lives— & there passes away with him a certain sense of inspiration & protection which had, I think, accompanied each of us even to middle life. But he desired, exceedingly, to die, & I am glad that he has been removed from our pains & cares. I am glad, too, that I have not another parent to lose! Give my love to each of the children—& don’t take the trouble to come & find me here. Ever faithfully yours H. James jr. 131 Mt. Vernon St. Sunday a.m. 262 The Complete Letters of Henry James 20 25 30 No previous publication < 261.20 nevertheless • never- | theless 261.23 keenly • [n malformed] 261.25 inspiration • in- | spiration < 261.12 [24 or 31 December 1882] • The earliest possible “Sunday” for this letter is 24 December 1882, the first Sunday after HJ arrived in Boston . The following Sunday was 31 December 1882. Considering Norton ’s close relationship with the James family, it is unlikely that he would have delayed in sending HJ a message of condolence beyond an acceptable period of privacy for the family. Norton, for example, sent a letter of condolence to the James family within a week of MWJ’s death (see HJ to Charles Eliot Norton, 7 February [1882], p. 107). WILLIAM JAMES 26, 27 December [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (1998) 131 Mount Vernon St. Dec. 26th ———— My dear William. You will already have heard the circumstances under which I arrived at New York on Thursday 21st, at noon, after a very rapid & prosperous, but painful passage. Letters from Alice & Katherine L. were awaiting me at the dock, telling me that dear Father had been "was to be!"# buried that morning. I reached Boston at 11 that night; there was so much delay in getting uptown . I found Bob at the station here; he had come on for the funeral only, & returned to Milwaukee the next morning. Alice, who was in bed, was very quiet & A. K. was perfect. They told 263 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 me everything—or at least they told me a great deal—before we parted that night, & what they told me was deeply touching, & yet not at all literally painful. Father had been so tranquil, so painless, had died so easily &, as it were, deliberately, & there had been none "—not the least—!"# of that anguish & confusion which we imagined in London.—The next morning Alice was ill, & went to A Beverley—for complete change, absence from the house &c,—with Miss Loring. Meanwhile I had become conscious of a very bad head, which was rapidly getting worse. I had disembarked with it, & hoped it would pass away, but on Friday p.m. I had to take to my bed, after having seen your Alice in the for !"#afternoon!"# & definitely learned from her that you had not been telegraphed to. This had been judged best, but I regretted it so much that on Saturday a.m. which was the earliest time possible, I got A. K. to go out & do it. Alice’s letters will however already explained to you this episode. Their not telegraphing you was not neglect, but simply a miscalculation of the ad◇◇ advisable. My head got much worse, I sent for Dr. Beach, & have been for 3 days in bed, with one of the sharpest attacks of that damnable sort that I have ever had. To-day, however, I am much better, but "my still seedy condition must explain!"# the poverty of this letter. Alice is still absent, & I have spent these days wholly with A. K., who quite unexhausted by her devotion to Father, has been, as always, the perfection of a nurse. She has now told me much about all his last days— about everything that followed that news which was the last to come before I sailed. Your wife tells me that since "then!"# she has written to you every day or two—so that you will have had, by the time this reaches you, a sort of history, in detail, of his illness. It appears to have been most strange, most characteristic, above all, & as full of beauty as it was void of suffering. There was none of what we feared—no paralysis, no dementia, no violence. He simply after the improvement of which we were written before I sailed, had a sudden relapse—a series of 264 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 Swoons—after which he took to his bed not to rise again. He had no visible malady—strange as it may seem. The “softening of the brain” was simply his refusion "a gradual refusal!"# ◇ of food, because he wished to die. There was no dementia except a sort of exaltation of belief that he had entered into “the spiritual life.” Nothing could persuade him to eat, & yet he felt !"#never!"# suffered, or gave the least sign of suffering, from inanition. All this will seem strange & incredible to you—but told with all the details, as Aunt Kate has told it to me, it becomes real—taking father as he was—almost natural. He prayed & longed to die. He ebbed & faded away—though in spite of his strength becoming constantly less, he was able to see people & to talk. He wished to see as many people as he could, & he talked with them without effort. ."He saw F. Boott, & talked much 2 or 3 days "before he died.!"#!"# Alice says he said the most picturesque & humorous things! He knew I was coming & was glad, but not impatient. He was delighted when he was told that I w "you!"# would stay in my rooms in my absence, & seemed much interested in the idea. He had no belief apparently that he should live to see me, but was perfectly cheerful about it. He slept a great deal, &, as A. K., says there was “so little of the sick-room”” about him. He lay facing the windows, which he would never have darkened— never pained by the light. I sit writing this in his room upstairs, & a cast which Alice had taken from his head but which is very unsatisfactory & represents him as terribly emaciated, stands behind me on that high chest of drawers. It is late in the evening, & I ◇◇ have been down in "into!"# the parlour—I broke off 1⁄2 an hour wi◇◇ !"#ago—!"# to talk again with Aunt Kate, who sits there alone. She & the nurse alone were with him at the last— Alice was in her room with A your Alice & K. Loring, & had not seen him since the night before. She saw him very little for a good many days before his death—she was too ill, & K. L. looked after her entirely. This left Father to your !"#Aunt Kate!"# & the nurse, & the quiet simple character of his illness made them 265 1882 5 10 15 perfectly able to do everything—so that, as I said just now, there was no confusion, no embarrassment. He spoke of everything— the disposition of this "his!"# things, made all his arrangements of every kind. Aunt Kate repeats again & again, that he yearned unspeakably to die. I am too tired to write more, & my head is beginning to ache; I must either write more !"#finish this!"# in the morning, or send it as it is. In the latter case I will write again immediately ◇—or send it as it is. !"#as I have many!"# more things to say. The house is so empty—I scarcely know myself. Yesterday was such a Xmas as you may imagine—with Alice at K. Loring’s, me ill in bed here, & A. K. sitting alone downstairs, not only without a Xmas dinner but without any dinner, as she has lost her appetite, a !"#doesn’t eat according to!"# her wont!— 27th a.m. Will send this now & write again to-night. All our wish here is that you should remain abroad the next six months. Ever your H. James jr Previous publication: Lubbock 1: 97–98; HJL 2: 393–96; CWJ 1: 338–40; WHSL 135–37 < 262.31–32 up- | town • up-town 263.1 everything • every- | thing 263.7 A Beverley • [B overwrites A] 263.17 miscalculation • mis= | calculation 263.18 ad◇◇ advisable • [v overwrites illegible letters] 264.3 ◇ of • [o overwrites illegible letter] 264.14 . ." • [first . inserted] 264.15 humorous • hu- | morous 264.27 ◇◇ have • [h overwrites illegible letters] 264.30 A your • [y overwrites A] 265.8 ◇— • [—overwrites illegible letter] 265.15–16 you [. . .] H. James jr • [written across the letter’s first page] < 262.29 Katherine L. • Katharine Peabody Loring. 266 The Complete Letters of Henry James 10 15 20 25 30 263.18–19 Dr. Beach • Henry Harris Aubrey Beach (1843–1910), Boston doctor and lecturer at Harvard. He was AJ’s physician. 264.14 F. Boott • Francis Boott. 264.30 K. Loring • Katharine Peabody Loring. FREDERICK MACMILLAN 26 December [1882] ALS British Library Add. MS 54931, f. 94–95 Boston. 131 Mount Vernon St. Dec. 26th ———— My dear Macmillan. I reached America on Thursday 21st, after a surprisingly quick & prosperous, though to me, as always, most detestable, voyage. I arrived too late, however; the my poor father had not only passed away, but had been laid that morning in the earth. This, as you may imagine, has made it a sorrowful homecoming & a dreary Xmas—the more so that I have been ill h "ever!"# since my return; though to-day I am much mended. They gave me your note on the Werra just as she was leaving Southampton. I don’t know as yet what I shall do—I have not had time to look about me, more than to see that it is well I have come over, as I have several duties to perform. It is too soon for me to measure my stay here, which will now depend much (or mainly) upon my sister, who is very unwell; & it is not of that j◇ just now I wish to write. Rather, of a little matter of business which I should like you to attend to at your earliest convenience. You owe me some money, I believe,—the remainder due on your last acct. of my sales after certain subtractions have been made. Please make those subtractions—that of £50 advanced to 267 1882 5 10 15 me a year ago & that of the amount of your printer’s bill for my two pamphlets in June last. Please then send the remainder in the form of a cheque to the order of Thomas W. Cook, on my behalf, to the said T. W. Cook, No. 8 Clifford St, Bond St. He is my tailor, I owe him some money, & this will be a convenient way to pay him. I hope you will be able to see that this is done without trouble, & I shall be much obliged. I should like to know the amount of the cheque sent to Cook.—I am able to add little more. The suddenness of my jump from London to Boston has left me in a sort of daze—& I look out of my window into the hard bright light which makes me feel as if I could touches the red brick houses, opposite, with my pen-point, & wonder for the moment what has come over Bolton St. After I have been here two or three weeks I shall know pretty well where I am, & perhaps how long I shall be here. When you write me tell me what is happening.—With love to your wife ever yours, faithfully H. James jr Previous publication: Moore 71–73 < 266.21–22 home- | coming • home-coming 266.30 j◇ just • [u overwrites illegible letter] 266.33 certain • cer- | tain 267.1 of your • [of inserted] 267.5 some • [m malformed] 267.5 convenient • con- | venient < 266.24 Werra • The SS Werra was a new steamship owned by the Norddeutscher Lloyd line and known for its Atlantic-crossing speed. 266.27 duties to perform • HJ was the executor of Sr.’s will. 267.2 two pamphlets • Prepublication material so that HJ could protect his US copyright for “The Point of View” and Daisy Miller: A Comedy. See HJ to Frederick Macmillan, 12 July [1882], p. 173; Moore, Macmillan 72n3. 268 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 ELIZABETH CABOT LODGE JAMES [28 December 1882 or 4 or 11 January 1883] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094.1, Box 2 (James, G.A. 60) 131 Mount Vernon St. Thursday. evening. ———— Dear Mrs. James. It was because I had promised myself the pleasure of going in to thank you in person to-day that I did not this morning write you the expression of my gratitude for the lovely roses you sent me yesterday & for your still lovelier kindness in having so charming "friendly!"# a thought. The flower of human sympathy certainly blooms in this good city, & I find it most sweet & fragrant. The roses are still fresh & fair, & I have got—& shall still get—a good deal of company out of them. But I have had other company besides—a number of visitors—& that is why I have been obliged to stay in-doors all the afternoon instead of walking up to Mt. Vernon p Place. But I shall soon take that walk. Be assured meanwhile, of my the extreme appreciation of yours very faithfully Henry James jr No previous publication < 268.20 p Place • [P overwrites p] < 268.1 ELIZABETH CABOT LODGE JAMES • Elizabeth Cabot Lodge James (1843–1908) married HJ’s longtime friend George Abbot James in 1864. 268.2 [28 December 1882 or 4 or 11 January 1883] • This letter seems to be a response to Elizabeth James’s condolence to the James family after Sr.’s death on 18 December 1882. Such an expression to the family would usually come no later than one month after a person’s death (Sherwood 212, 206; Lavins 159). The letter’s having been written on mourning sta- 269 1882 15 20 25 30 tionery from 131 Mount Vernon Street also helps establish the likely date range. Thursdays within a month of Sr.’s death were 28 December 1882 and 4 January and 11 January 1883. 268.14 flower of human sympathy • Cf. Edwin Hubbel Chapin’s wellknown saying, “Truth is the root, but human sympathy is the flower of practical life” (Douglas 1716). 268.20 Mt. Vernon [. . .] Place • Elizabeth and George Abbot James lived at 8 Mount Vernon Place. WILLIAM JAMES 28, 29 December [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (1999) 11 131 Mount Vernon St. Dec. 28th Dear William. I was not able yesterday to write you a second letter, as I hoped, as I was still suffering rather too much from my head; but this evening I am pretty well myself again, & shall endeavour to go on with my story. I have seen your wife yesterday & today , & she tells me "again!"# that she wrote you so minutely & so constantly during the progress of Father’s illness that my very imperfect value "record!"# gathered from hearsay will have little value for you. Mainly, I can only repeat that the whole thing was tranquil & happy—almost, as it were, comfortable. The wanderings of his mind which were never great, were always of a joyous description, & his determination "not!"# to eat was cheerful & reasonable. That is, he was always prepared to explain why he wouldn’t eat—i.e. because he had entered upon the “spiritual life{, & didn’t wish to keep up the mere form of living in the body. Ali "During!"# the last 10 or 15 hours only his speech became thick & inarticulate: he had an accumulation of 270 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 phlegm in his throat which he was too weak to get rid of. The doctor gave him a little opium, to help him, as I understand A. K., to clear his larynx, which had to some extent this effect, but which "also!"# made him sink into a gentle unconsciousness, in which, however, he still continued vaguely to talk. He spoke then several times of mother—uttering (intelligibly) her name: “Mary—my Mary.” Somewhat before this A. K. says he murmured—“oh, I have such good boys—such good boys!” ◇ The efforts that he made to speak toward the last were, the Dr. (Ahlborn) told "assured!"# A. K., quite mechanical & unconscious. Aunt Kate was with him "uninterruptedly!"# from midnight on Sunday to 3 p.m Monday, when he died. She had left him late Sunday evening with the nurse, but the nurse presently called her back & the two sat with him till the end, alone, save while the Doctor, at intervals, was there. Bob arrived on Wednesday—there was no question of Wilky’s coming—it is too difficult for him to travel. Alice will have told you about the funeral. Dr. Toy read simply the Kings Chapel Service; there were three carriages to the grave. Bob & George Higginson, F. J. Child & Joe Warner lowered the coffin into the grave. I am going out this "tomorrow!"# afternoon to see where he lies beside mother; it has been impossible for me to go, up to to-day. So it is all over, & poor Father has become absent forever! You may imagine how one feels his absence—how, personally, we miss him—how strange & empty the house is without him. I sit here without him "at his table,!"# I sleep in his bed, I am surrounded with everything that belonged to him in life, & it seems to me that I still hear his voice, & that if I go down-stairs I shall find him. But he is already a memory, & every hour makes him more so—he is tremendously & unspeakably absent. It doesn’t seem so much, however, that he is dead, as that a strange deadness has fallen upon us, who have lost his living, moving, pervasive presence. This missing will last a long time, & you will feel it for yourself when you come back. Alice has returned from Beverley 271 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 very much better—so much better that my spirits, which were low about her when I saw her on my arrival, have considerably risen. Dec. 29th a.m. I had to stop writing again last night, but I am really, I think, all right to-day{, and Alice seems better still than yesterday. This morning your letter of the 14th to Father has come in, & I have read it, dear William & been touched to the heart by it. Reading it to myself here, in his room, at his table, it seemed as if your last farewell reached him, & it were not all lost & wasted. It will seem so still more if I take it out to Mount Auburn to-day & hold it in his "my!"# hand as I stand beside his grave. You have spoken for me, as well as for yourself. I am not sure that I should have opened your letter (not returned it to you unopened) if I had not thought, from the cover, that it was addressed to me. It was so thinking that I broke the envelope, & then I couldn’t help reading it. You must let me keep it now.—I have had by this time to give my attention to the fact that Father has made me his executor—to read his will & make arrangements to have it proved, the property appraised &c. Money must be drawn to the "carry on!"# the house &c; & to this end I had a conference yesterday with J. B. Warner. Before giving him up the will I took a copy of it, & I accordingly enclose you this copy without more delay. I shall do the same to Wilky (poor Wilky!) & Bob. I won’t go into the matter now, but write you again in as few days as possible. You will see that the most striking feature of the will is the omission of Wilky. Father determined upon this omission at the earnest request of W. himself. This request, made in the past, was reiterated & confirmed by Wilky during his visit here this autumn, & Aunt Kate & Alice tell me that it is !"#Father!"# told them that it was "with!"# a perfect understanding of his intention that Wilky returned to Milwaukee. I think therefore that it was with a perfect understanding of his intention !"#the will cannot at any rate come to W. as a surprise!"#. When all the facts are considered—the magnitude of 272 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 [. . .] I have had (with as little delay, myself, as possible) to learn as executor. Father’s property is roughly estimated at $95000; of which $75000 are in the three Syracuse houses, the rest in railway "(B. C., & Q.)!"# bonds & shares.—I wish I could be assured that you have banished all thoughts of coming home, & that you find London habitable & profitable. If not, go back to Paris, but stay abroad & get all possible good, so long as I stay here, which will be till the summer. "This is what we all wish.!"# (Don’t tell this to people in London, however,—or to Miss Balls, to whom I shall soon be writing.) (If you are asked about my stay, say you don’t know—it is uncertain.) Alice was here yesterday with the two children, whom she had been having photographed—all very lovely. Farewell, dear William. Ever yours H James jr Previous publication: CWJ: 1 340–41; WHSL 137–39; HJL 2: 396–97 < 269.16 11 131 • [3 overwrites second 1] 269.29 determination • determin- | ation 269.32 {, • [, overwrites .] 270.9 ◇ The • [T overwrites illegible letter] 270.13 him • [m malformed] 270.15 arrived • ar- | rived 270.23 forever • for- | ever 270.27 seems • [m malformed] 270.32 pervasive • [i inserted] 271.5 {, • [, overwrites .] 271.29 autumn • [n malformed] 272.1 [. . .] • [page(s) missing] < 269.22 your wife • AHGJ. 270.10 Dr. (Ahlborn) • Henry C. Ahlborn (1824–1904), Boston homeopath. 273 1882 20 25 30 270.18 Dr. Toy • Crawford Howell Toy (1836–1919), professor of Hebrew at Harvard Divinity School. He was renting WJ and AHGJ’s home during WJ’s time in Europe (CWJ 5: 259n4). 270.19 George Higginson • George Higginson (1804–89), a longtime friend of the James family. 270.19–20 F. J. Child • Francis James Child. 270.20 Joe Warner • Joseph Bangs Warner (b. 1848), Boston lawyer who assisted HJ with the execution of Sr.’s will. 271.26 the omission of Wilky • Sr. had excluded GWJ from his will due to a recent $5,000 gift, as well as substantial amounts of money given to him in prior years (see Maher 147–56). Eventually, his siblings, led by HJ, broke Sr.’s will and redivided the estate. 272.4 Syracuse houses • The James estate owned 211, 213, and 217 South Salina Street in Syracuse (CWJ 2: 9n3). 272.11 Miss Balls • HJ’s landlady, Mary Anne Balls (b. c. 1843). GERTRUDE BLOEDE 29 December [1882] Copy-text Christie’s, Gilvarry [131 Mt. Vernon St., Boston] I thank you very kindly for your sympathy with all of us, & assure you that my Father’s generous nature & his brilliant mind made him quite dear to us as his letters to you may have suggested. His wife had been very beneficient, but he was waiting for death, & it came to him in a painless & tranquil form. His life was complete & now he has nothing to lose. As regards the letters you speak of, you may be sure that if it is found among his papers, it shall be immediately restored to you. We have not yet had time or attention for looking into these. . . . it is very possible the letters may not be found. He destroyed a large number of letters, in a summary fashion, shortly before his death, & it may be that the document you speak of may be 274 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 among them. . . . he forgot many things during the last two or three years of his life. . . . However, I shall do my best to find it, & if I fail to send it to you, you may know that it has ceased to exist. I am touched by your valuing so much this momento of my father. . . . Previous publication: Christie’s, Gilvarry 59 < 273.17 GERTRUDE BLOEDE • [copy-text reads Miss Gertrude Blade] 273.21 [131 Mt. Vernon St., Boston] • [Though this return address is a part of Christie’s catalog entry (59), its origin is not clear. Most likely, it is from James’s handwritten address on the original.] 273.22 & • [copy-text reads &] 273.23 & • [copy-text reads &] 273.26 & • [copy-text reads &] 273.26 & • [copy-text reads &] 273.27 & • [copy-text reads &] 273.33 & • [copy-text reads &] 274.3 & • [copy-text reads &] < 273.17 GERTRUDE BLOEDE • Bloede (1845–1905), German-born US poet who wrote under the pseudonym of Stuart Sterne and published five collections of poetry. 273.19 Copy-text Christie’s, Gilvarry • MS unknown. This letter is edited from the only known version of the original, which is quoted in the description of the auction listing of lot 147 in Christie, Manson & Woods International Inc., Modern Literature from the Library of James Gilvarry, Friday, February 7, 1986 (59). 273.25 His wife • MWJ. 275 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 ROBERTSON JAMES 30 December [1882] MS photocopy Creighton University 131 Mount Vernon St. Dec. 30th My dear Bob. Father appointed me execut[o]r of his will, & I have had to open it & take the necessary steps in consequence. One of these is to send you a copy of it, which I have asked Aunt Kate to make. I enclose it herewith. You will see that Father has [placed a] limit[a]tion upon your share of the estate; but what will strike you more than th[is] is the fact that he has omitted Wilky altogether. I won’t make any remarks upon "either of!"# this these facts now, because I have just written a long letter to Wilky, & because I mean very soon to come out to Milw[aukee], to see both of you & to talk with you about the whole matter. Wait til[l] then, dear Bob, & we shall all understand each other. The estate is roughly estimated at $95,000. So much for the present. I hope you had a comfortable journey back from here & that you have taken up your work with a good spirit. If you only stick to it [I] am sure it will bring you h[a]ppiness. Here we are very quiet. Alice was rather ill the d[a]y you left, & went into the coun[tr]y (Beverley) with K. Loring as a [kind] of desperate measure. It s[u]cceeded perfectly, & she has come back wonderfully better. I also found myself ill, & had to take to my bed for four days. But that too is over, & I am able to look round me. You may imagine how we miss Father—how we feel his personal absence. But since the nig[ht] I arrived, I have e◇ "heard!"# everything about his end, & I am glad he has given up a life of which he was so [weary.] Give much love from me to Mary & the boy & girl, & believe me ever dear Bob, your affectionate brother H. James jr 276 The Complete Letters of Henry James Previous publication: Maher 147–48 < [Parts of the photocopy are illegible. Material in bracketed italics taken from an examination of Maher (147–48), who saw the original manuscript.] 275.9 necessary • ne- | cessary 275.12 limit[a]tion • limit[a][-] | tion [copy-text illegible] 275.15 this these • [e added] 275.21 comfortable • com- | fortable 275.26 s[u]cceeded • [copy-text illegible] 275.33–34 to Mary [. . .] H. James jr • [written across the letter’s first page] < 275.12 [placed a] limit[a]tion upon your share • RJ’s share was reduced by $7,000, which is the amount Sr. had given him in 1874 to purchase a farm in Milwaukee (Maher 151). As executor of his father’s estate, HJ was instrumental in breaking the terms of Sr.’s will, which not only limited RJ’s share but omitted GWJ entirely (see Novick 39–41). 275.16 come out to Milw[aukee] • HJ departed for Milwaukee on 15 January 1882 and remained there with RJ and GWJ for about four days; see HJ to WJ, 11 January [1883] (CWJ 1: 348–52; WHSL 144–48) and HJ to WJ, 23 January [1883] (HJL 2: 400–403; CWJ 1: 356–58). 275.21 journey back from here • RJ left Boston for Milwaukee the day after his father’s funeral, 22 December 1882 (Maher 146). 275.22 your work • RJ aspired to be a professional artist. 275.33 the boy & girl • Edward “Ned” Holton James and Mary Walsh James (Vaux). 277 1882 5 10 15 20 GRACE NORTON 30 December [1882] ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (934) Boston (131 Mt. Vernon St.) My dear Grace. I shall be very happy to dine with you tomorrow at seven, & if Godkin is there I shall not be sorry. I went to see you yesterday evening—& found you were “lunching” in some other place,—at 5 p.m! I hope you afterwards enjoyed your dinner! I couldn’t thank you therefore, according to my intention, for all your benefits, including thee little—or the big—Venetian chamber, in which I spent "spend!"# daily an hour or two. It was a very happy invention of yours to send me that little picture, & I assure you that it will stand somewhere within sight for the rest of my life.—I possibly shall be obliged to do two or three things in Cambridge on Sunday afternoon, going out there earlier for the purpose, & in this case shall beg you to receive me not (myself) in gala dress. Yours, dear Grace, very gratefully & faithfully H. James jr Dec. 30th No previous publication 278 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 30 LADY LOUISA ERSKINE WOLSELEY 30 December [1882] ALS Hove Central Library, Church Road, Hove, Sussex James MS (105) Boston, United States. 131 Mount Vernon St. ———— Dec. 30th Dear Lady Wolseley. Your gracious & friendly note followed me across the wintry Atlantic, on which I had embarked the day it must have been delivered in Bolton St. I had started at a day’s notice, on receipt of the news of the dangerous illness of my father, whom I hoped to see once more in life. My hope, however, was vain, for when I arrived nine days ago, I found that everything was over, & I was not even to see him in death. It was a violent shock; in addition to which I was ill for several days after I disembarked; so that it is only now” that I am beginning to look round me. One of the first things I see, in this circumspection, is your note waiting for an answer. It shall have one without a day’s delay more, but it will not be such an answer as it needs. How glad I should be to talk with you of Parisian things, if it were not to be supposed you have long before this got your information elsewhere or even dispensed with it altogether & simply charged upon Paris in gallant Tel-el-Kebir fashion. (I don’t mean to imply by this, by the way, that Sir Garnet, before Tel-el-Kebir had not taken his renseignements.) You are either now in Paris—or you have been there—or you have given it up—or you are receiving a deluge of information from high quarters: in all of which cases my faint illumination of the subject would come too late. If I had not been taking my ship at Southampton at the moment your letter was sent to me, I should have immediately gone to see you, laden with stores 279 1882 5 10 15 20 25 30 of knowledge, for I had already returned to London—since December 1st, & was meaning from one day to the other to come & make you my obeisance. I spent the three autumn months in P France, but only November in Paris, having been before that wholly en province. In Paris I was constantly at hotels, but all my friends were in health there, & though they talked a good deal about typhoid, none of them seemed to have picked it up. May you & yours have been at least as fortunate! Truly, you will say, this is the least I can wish you, considering the good wishes I owe you & of which you have so gracefully reminded me. I assure you, it was not from want of interest in your triumphs & honours that I have been holding my peace & staying my hand. I have stood there in the for- / far background—behind the bristling hedges of plumes and coronets—holding my little bouquet. I was only waiting for a little quiet moment to present it—a moment when I might steal up & modestly slip it into your hand. The other floral tributes made such a mountain before you that it was not easy get at you. And yet when I saw with what a kind smile you received the smallest as well as the biggest nosegay, I said to myself—Courage, one congratulation is as good as another, & all are alike good. The truth is, I was not afraid I should forget to congratulate you, or that my good wishes would spoil by keeping. I only wished the big drums to move away a little. I was travelling through old French towns & looking at chateaux and cathedrals when the news of your husband’s successive achievements arrived, & with each arrival I saw, through the quiet picture before me, the picture of certain more dreadful & painful things. But that too always changed to quietness again, & to the vision of a pretty drawing-room, somewhere, in which a certainly lady stood reading a bulletin. The word “Egypt” ended at last by always evoking you—& always in a proud & happy attitude, as became a conqueror’s wife. I congratulate you most heartily on the whole matter—on the thing having been so brilliantly, scientifically & 280 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 completely done. I dont wish you any more laurels, because you have enough & because they are plucked in such uncomfortable places; but I wish that those which now mingle so gracefully with your coiffure may never lose their freshness! There is little news, that you will care for, to send you from this big busy, sunny, & for me terribly homesick, side of the world. I find here to-day not another country from England, but another world altogether, & so vast & prosperous a one that it can quite dispense with one’s pretending to take a polite interest in it. But "a!"# 1000 miles of the new civilization says less to me than five inches of the old! Apropos of which, how are those two ripe products of an ancient society, the good ladies of Whitehall? How they must have congratulated you! You will think a while before conquering another country! Please to give them my very kind remembrances, & if you could also say something friendly for me to the quieter Mrs. Lecky, I should be greatly obliged. Believe me very cordially & & faithfully yours H. James jr. Previous publication: Gunter, Women 242–44; Alan James 13–14 < 278.19 disembarked • dis- | embarked 278.19 ” • [blotted out] 278.20 circumspection • cir= | cumspection 278.26 Tel-el-Kebir • Tel-el- | Kebir 278.28 renseignements • [m malformed] 278.31 illumination • [first n malformed] 278.34 immediately • im- | mediately 279.4 P France • [F overwrites P] 279.13 for- / far • [ar overwrites or-] 279.16 moment • mo- | ment 279.20 nosegay • nose- | -gay 280.6 homesick • home- | sick 280.8 a • [inserted] 280.9 interest • in= | terest 281 1882 280.16–17 quieter Mrs. [. . .] H. James jr. • [written across the letter’s first page] 280.17 & & • & | & < 278.1 LADY LOUISA ERSKINE WOLSELEY • Louisa Erskine Wolseley (1843–1920), wife of Sir Garnet Joseph Wolseley. 278.26 Tel-el-Kebir fashion • The battle of Tel-el-Kebir (13 September 1882), in which Lt. Gen. Sir Garnet Wolseley’s outnumbered British troops routed the Egyptian army in a series of night maneuvers and charges at dawn. The dramatic victory enabled the British occupation of Egypt. 278.28 renseignements • information. 279.5 en province • in the countryside. 279.26 successive achievements • Charles Royle summarized Wolseley ’s recent military successes in Egypt: “One of the most remarkable features of the campaign was the rapidity with which it was conducted. The first shot was fired at Alexandria on the 11th July; Sir Garnet Wolseley reached Egypt on the 15th August, and on the 15th September he entered Cairo as a conqueror” (350). 280.16 Mrs. Lecky • Catherine Elisabeth Boldwina van Dedem (1842– 1912), wife of Irish historian and political theorist William Edward Hartpole Lecky (1838–1903). ...


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