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1883 285 1883 5 10 15 20 25 30 WILLIAM JAMES 1 January 1883 ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094 (2000) 131 Mt. Vernon St. ◇Jan 1st 1883. ———— Dear William I receive this m a.m. your note of the 20th, written the day "after!"# you had seen the news of Father’s death in the Standard. I can imagine how sadly it must have presented itself, as you sit alone in those dark, far-away rooms of mine. But it would have been sadder still if you also had arrived only to hear that after those miserable eight days at sea he was lost forever & forever to our eyes. Thank God we haven’t another parent to lose; though all Aunt Kate’s sweetness & devotion makes me feel, in advance, that it will be scarcely less a pang when she goes! Such is the consequence of cherishing our “natural ties!” After a little, Father’s departure will begin to seem a simple & natural fact, however, as it has begun to appear to us here. I went out yesterday (Sunday) morning, to the Cambridge cemetery (I had not been able to start early enough on Saturday afternoon, as I meant to write you !"#wrote you I meant to!"# do)—& stood beside his grave a long time & ◇ read him your letter of farewell—which I am sure he heard somewhere out of the depths of the still, bright winter air. He lies extraordinarly close to Mother, & as I stood there and as I stood !"#looked at!"# this last expression of so many years of mortal union, it was not !"#difficult!"# not to believe that they were not united again in some consciousness of my belief. On my way back I stopped to see Alice & sat with her for an hour & admired the lovely babe, who is a most loving little mortal. Then I went to see F. J. Child, because I am had been told that he has been 286 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 10 15 20 25 beyond every one full of kindness & sympathy since the first of father’s illness, & had appeared to feel his death more than any one outside the family. Every one, however, has been full of kindness—absolutely tender does this good old Boston appear to have shown itself. Among others Wendell Holmes (who is now a Judge of the Supreme Court) has shone—perhaps a little unexpectedly, in this respect. Alice has been ill this last 24 hours—but not with any nervousness; only from nausea produced apparently from the does doses of Saline soda that Beach has been giving her. She is at present much better Your letter makes me nervous in regard to your dispositions of coming home. Don’t for the world think of this, I beseech you— it would be a very idle step. There is nothing here for you to do, not a place even for you to live, & there is every reason why you should remain abroad till the summer. Your wishing to come is a mere vague, uneasy sentiment, not unnatural under the circumstances, but corresponding to no real fitness. Let it subside as soon as possible, we all beg you. I wrote you two days ago everything that there is to be told you as yet as regards Father’s will. Wait quietly till you hear more from me. I am going as soon as I can get away, to Milwaukee, & I will write you "more!"# as soon "as!"# I have been there. A K. is still here. Make the most of London. Ever yours H. James jr I receive all your enclosures. ———— Previous publication: WHSL 140–41; HJL 2: 398–99; CWJ 1: 341–42; SL 2: 182–83 < 285.7 ◇ Jan • [J overwrites illegible letter] 285.10 m a.m. • [ a overwrites m] 285.25 ◇ read • [r overwrites illegible letter] 285.27 extraordinarly • [misspelled] 285.34 am had • [ha overwrites am] 287 1883 20 25 30 286.8 nervousness • nervous- | ness 286.9 does doses • [se overwrites se] 286.16 sentiment • senti= | ment 286.24–25 I receive all your enclosures. ———— • [written across the letter’s first page] < 285.10 your note of the 20th • WJ to HJ, 20 December 1882 (CWJ 1: 337). 285.11–12 the news of Father’s death in the Standard • See [Notice]. 285.34 F. J. Child • Francis James Child, who was a pallbearer at Sr.’s funeral. 286.5–6 Wendell Holmes (who is now a Judge of the Supreme Court) • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., was appointed associate justice to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in late 1882. 286.9 Saline soda • Typically prescribed for stomach and digestive issues. 286.10 Beach • Dr. Henry Harris Aubrey Beach. 286.12–13 Don’t [. . .] idle step • Not only was WJ in the midst of a planned academic and personal trip to England and the continent, negotiations within the family, directed by HJ, concerning the disputed disposition of Sr.’s will, might have motivated HJ to encourage WJ to remain out of the country. See Richard Adams 466–74. JAMES RIPLEY OSGOOD 1 January 1883 ALS Houghton bMS Am 1094.1 (183b) 131 Mount Vernon St. Jan. 1st. 1883. Dear Mr. Osgood. I tried to find you in-doors this noon, without success, & had better write you without delay what I mainly wanted to 288 The Complete Letters of Henry James 5 ask, which is simply whether, now that I am here, it will not be possible to let me see a proof of my forthcoming book. This is always to be desired. Also to speak of a matter alluded to in a note I received this a.m. from the Editor of the Century”. He speaks of the Point of View not being republished till the end of the “magazine year.” I think you told "wrote!"# me that you had discussed & settled this question with them "him!"#, & you will doubtless be able to tell me what he means by the end of the “Magazine Year.” I should come in to see you again if I were sure of finding you.—I have had a sad return; but now that I have come, am likely to remain for several months. Yours very truly H. James jr J. R. Osgood esq. No previous publication < 288.4 ”. • [. overwrites ,] 288.5 republished • [re inserted] < 288.2 forthcoming book • The Siege of London, The Pension Beaurepas, and The Point of View. 288.4 Editor of the Century • Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909), editor of the Century Magazine from 1881 until 1909. ...


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