JAMES HENRY (1843-1916).

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JAMES HENRY (1843-1916).
Signed autograph letter, signed « Henry », London 25 January 1903, to his nephew William JAMES Junior ; 10 pages in-8 format, on letterhead stationery “Reform Club”; in English. Long and affectionate letter to his favorite nephew Not published in L. Edel (ed.), The Letters of Henry James. Vol. IV, 1895-1916 (1984). Henry James apologises for “my own long silence ... Day after day have I meant to write to you, & day after day has promiscuous pressure caused the intention disgracefully to fail”. This is partly because he has been trying to finish a book [William Wetmore Story and his Friends, published September or October 1903]. James refers to his nephew’s idea of “finding & seeing so definitely what may open to you at Marburg. Thank God, however, you don’t go there till the grim German winter is past…” In a letter to his father, William James, written from Lamb House, 24 May 1903, Henry remarks: “I have heard, most happily, from Billy at Marburg; he seems to fall everywhere blessedly on his feet ... I am already notching off the days till I hope to have him here in August” (Letters of Henry James, IV, p. 215). On his return Billy stayed with his uncle as expected before going up to Cambridge to study medicine.
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