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James Family Papers (descriptive inventory)
number description and comments
AHGJ1—items from an envelope (5 & 1/4; in. x
8 1/8 in.) addressed in AHGJ’s hand to Alexander R.
120 River Way, Longwood, Mass., U.S.A. The envelope bears British
postage. There are four cancellation
marks, none fully legible: CHELSEA,
12.15 AM, 9 M[ ], 16; CHEL[ ]A , 12.15 AM, 9 MR, 16;
American flag; CO[ ] CORNER, MAR [ ], 10-30A, 1916, MA. The
envelope, though not necessarily all of the contents, must have been sent by AHGJ
to AJ following HJ’s death, Feb. 28, 1916.
AHGJ1a—Western Union Cablegram, addressed to
James Rokinstitute, dated London Jan 10-Jan 11, 1916. 1053 Third Avenue
(Rockefeller Inst.) stamp. Text: "MENTAL
OBSCURATION INCREASING PARLYSIS NOT IMPROVING OUTLOOD GLOOMY." signed
"JAMES" Pencil note in upper right
"1916". Pencil note across bottom: "To which I replied
asking "Had I not better come over now?"
AHGJ1b—Western Union Cablegram, addressed to
James Rokinstitute NewYork,
Jan 13, 1916. Pencil line following "Received at" space: 1053 3 Ave
NY. Green receipt stamp: Jan 13 1916. Text: "ADVISE AGAINST SAILING UNLESS PREPARED TO STAY POSSIBLY
WEEKS HENRY HAS RALLIED SLIGHTLY." signed "JAMES"
AHGJ1c—Western Union Cablegram, addressed to
Kames (sic) Rokstituteny, dated Jan 14, 1916. 1053 Third Avenue
(Rockefeller Inst.) stamp. Text: "CONDITION STEADILYDETERIORATING
STUPOROUS DOCTOR GUESSES ABOUT TWO WEEKS YOU MUST DECIDE COMING."
AHGJ1d—newspaper clipping marked in AHGJ’s hand "Post [of London?]. Feb 29th 1916. "Death of
Mr. Henry James." 1 column the full length of the page. Margin
indicates that it would be the last column on the right.
AHGJ1e—newspaper clipping containing two notices
of HJ’s death. "A Rye Novelist" is
the main title. "Death of Mr. Henry James" leads one notice;
"An Appreciation of the Late Mr. Henry James, O.M." leads the
other. AHGJ wrote at the bottom of each notice its author.
Following the first: "G.L. Deaun" (?); and
the second "Mrs. Deio Fuilth"
(?). The notices suggest that the clipping came from a Rye newspaper. The
"Appreciation" offers glimpses of HJ in Rye. Emphasis on kindness, generosity.
1 column nearly the full length of the page. Margin indicates that it
would be the last column on the right.
AHGJ1f—newspaper clipping from The Times, dated
Tuesday, February 29, 1916. In ink at the top of the clipping, in what
may be AHGJ’s hand, "For A.R.J." and
"By Percy Lubbock." The clipping is titled "Henry James,
O.M.: The Man and the Artist." 1 and 1/3 columns
from the middle of the page.
AHGJ1g—newspaper clipping, source not
marked. "Death of Mr. Henry James, O.M." About 2 & 3/4; in.
long. Notice concludes, however, with "An appreciation of the great
novelist and his work will be found on page 9," which may, according to
the type face, be item AHGJ1h.
AHGJ1h—newspaper clipping, approx. 7 & 3/4;
in., "The Funeral of Henry James." Signed by Edmund Gosse. Written as a letter to the editor, the column
focuses on HJ as "soldier" and "hero" on behalf of the
British and their war effort.
AHGJ1i—newspaper clipping, approx. 2 & 1/2;
in., "The Late Henry James," responds to Gosse’s
letter (item AHGJ1h). The writer, T. Bailey Saunders, like Gosse
present at the funeral, notes that HJ told him that "The Altar of the
Dead" was the story with which he was least dissatisfied. Clipping
attached to a form from "The Temple Press Cutting Offices." and labelled Times, March 7, 1916.
AHGJ1j—newspaper clipping, approx. 9 & 3/4;
in., "Our London Correspondence: The Funeral of Henry James." Short
list of those present. Much connecting of HJ and England in
this, as in the other, notices. Partial clipping service form, but what’s
present is just like that in AHGJ1i. Form offers the Manchester Guardian,
March 4, 1916, as the source.
AHGJ1k—letter to "Dear Mr. James,"
undated, from "Ethel Sands" on letterhead from "18 Chelsea Square, S.W.
3, Flaxman 0088." 2 sheets, 4 pages.
This letter responds to one from the writer "via Reine
Pitman." Letter implies that ES and the writer (Billy James?) knew
each other years earlier, evidently ES was a caretaker
for Peggy. Note that there were letters from HJ to "my
mother." Mentions Ruth Draper’s (?) "broadcast
on June 14th" and the appearance of "the first volume of Mr. Edel’s "Life" (pub. 1953).
Also, the letter implies a series of questions having been asked:
"I have no recollection at all of Mrs. Mason. Mrs
Reubell I knew in Paris when I was an art-student."
Other notes on individuals remembered as originals for HJ characters.
"But you want to hear something about the real creatures who surrounded him!" ES knew Percy Lubbock,
too. Letter implies that the writer was seeking letters. Also notes
that she included Logan Pearsall Smith’s letter (item AHGJ1l).
AHGJ1l—letter to "My dear Ethel,"
dated Feb. 29, 1916, from Logan Pearsall Smith, on 11 St. Leonard’s Terrace,
Chelsea, S.W. letterhead. 1 sheet, 4 pages. Letter, written at the
request of "Miss Peggie," informs ES of HJ’s death. "I feel as if a great cathedral had
disappeared from the sky line, a great country with all its civilization been
wiped from the map, a planet lost to the solar system." He was
"like a great variable but constant mom."
AHGJ1m—notes written in the first person on
Ethel Sands’s letterhead, 18 Chelsea Square, S.W.3, Flaxman 0088 (see AHGJ1k). 1 sheet, 2 pages. undated. "H.J. copied by Mis
Sands" in another hand across the top of the page. Perhaps
"deathbed" dictation taken by ES and sent to Billy James with items
AHGJ1k and AHGJ1l. Speaks of impending death "Valentine’s
death-scene." States "However, we shen’t
[sic] perish but live to tread a frimer &
flowering soil." Also states his unhappiness with "Miss Robin’s
[sic] hair, mais, que voulez vous. I can’t dress it!"
AHGJ1n—list of notes in what appears to be AHGJ’s hand. 1 sheet, 1 page. Header on the
AHGJ1o—pencil draft of copy of a letter from
AHGJ to Harry, who was traveling to England when HJ died. 3
sheets, 5 pages. Details of HJ’s last days, death,
funeral, casting of death mask. Deeply moving and richly detailed. AHGJ is very generous
in her gratitude toward others who helped during this most difficult
time. Peggy deeply affected by HJ’s death.
AHGJ2—item in AHGJ2 was contained in a 12 in x 9
& 1/2; envelope addressed to Alexander R. James Esq., Dublin, N.H.
Return address: Henry James, 10
East 10th St., N.Y.C. Two cancellation
stamps: one illegible; second—NEW
YORK, FEB 26, 530PM, MADISON SQ. STA., 1923.
Three broken wax seals on the envelope flap. Each apparently stamped with
an "HJ" impression. "Will of My Mother—, and
apportionments" written above the addressee on the front, in pencil.
AHGJ2a—Will and, enclosed in it, notes by Harry
concerning the will’s execution. Preceding the will is a Feb. 23 memo by
Harry about the inventory "schedule" that follows. The memo
must have gone to the siblings. 2 pages of queries about Alec’s
apportionment. 1 page "Things not scheduled." 1 page
"Note as to Schedules" dated Feb. 23, 1923. The schedule and
memos give a strong sense of Harry’s administrative style (decisive and humane
and attentive to practical details, and of his administrative ability.
Will and notes contained in a folder labeled: "WILL of ALICE H.
JAMES" and Dated October 22, 1919. Minny
Kidd and Burgess Noakes, who worked for HJ, are
listed as AHGJ’s servants and left $1,000 each.
Sets up a trust for Peggy and then for her children. Henry is the will’s
executor. Emily Sargent and Reine
Ormond were the witnesses. Will itself is 9 pages. Following the will:
"Memorandum as to Silver" dated January 12, 1923 (1 page); Inventory,
with columns for "appraisal," "wanted by,"
"apportioned to," and "other dispositions." Harry’s
(?) notes show that the appraised value was not what he saw as the actual
value. "Memorandum as to China" dated January 12, 1923
follows p. 10 of Harry’s inventory chart. After the China memo, 16
more pages of inventory of 95
Irving Street follow. The inventory makes
the virtual destruction of 95 Irving
all the more poignant.
AHGJ3—items contained in an 11 & 3/4; in. x
9 in. file folder with the label "MRS WM JAMES" on the folder tab.
AHGJ3a—items contained in a 6 & 1/2; in. x 3
5/8 in. envelope labeled "Copies of farewells A.H.J."
AHGJ3ai—5 in. x 3 in. note paper with "H.J.
obits" (in Mickey James’s hand?).
"Widow of Prof. James" "Transcript—Sept 30" written
in pencil at the top of the column.
AHGJ3aiii—note to "Dear Edward Warren"
dated Sept. 12, 1922. 1 sheet, 2 pages. Copy of a farewell, in
which AHGJ gives EW Ginger bowls, which he had once admired. "Will
you keep them to remember me by and like them better because they were my husbands choice as well as mine?"
AHGJ3b—items contained in a 5 in. x 7 & 1/2;
in. envelope titled in pencil "Farewells and precious remembrances of
AHGJ3bi—copy of a letter to "Dear Mr.
James,—" dated Dec. 2, 1922. Typed. From John H. Taylor.
Asks for a time when he might exchange the souvenir of AHGJ for something else,
"that will more plainly show forth the reasons for its existence."
AHGJ3bii—poem "To John Maxson
Stillman [?] In [illegible] of Good
Cheer." 1 sheet, 1 page. On Stanford University
letterhead. By David Starr Jordan."
AHGJ3biii—copy of letter to "Dear Rebecca [Dundas]"
dated Sept. 13. 22. 2 sheets 3 pages. On letterhead: Mrs. William
James, 95 Iriving
Street, Cambridge, Mass." Asks RD to travel to the
US to work for either Billy
in Cambridge or Aleck in Dublin. States that RD would be a
comfort to "my children and their wives that you were to us."
Leaves $500 "in grateful recognition of all your generous service in the
old happy days when you helped me through."
AHGJ3biv—copy of a letter to "Dear
Grace" dated Sept. 14. 1 sheet, 2 pages. "Mrs. Charles W.
Eliot" written in the top left corner. Letter in full: "I
cannot go away without a massage of love to yo and
the president. From that first summer after William’s death you and he have
held out strong and comforting and in more ways than you may imagine taught me
how to take hold of life again. Will you take a message of love and
farewell to all the B’s. I had hoped for the
first autumn meeting here. Much love, dear Grace, to you and Mr Eliot from your devoted friend"
AHGJ3c—note to "My dear Mrs
James" from Dallas D.L McGrew, dated November 26. 1902. 1 sheet, 1
page. Accepts AHGJ’s invitation to Thanksgiving
dinner. On the reverse, in AHGJ’s hand:
"Francis had pasted this onto my looking-glass that he might adore the
precious Ulie [?]. He brushes his hair now as
McGrew did, up from his forehead. He grows handsome."
AHGJ3d—letter to "Dear Aleck." from
AHGJ, dated "Home. June 2, 1919. Family notes about A’s grandchildren,
plans, desire to have more time to read, recent visitors, plans—including going
"tomorrow morning to buy a Ford" [PS notes: "Tuesday a.m. I have
bought a Ford!"]
AHGJ3e—letter to "Dear Billy," dated
Aug. 7 1913, on mourning stationary from 95 Irving Street, Cambridge,
Massachusetts. 1 sheet, 2
pages. Her appreciation of Jerome Greene, whose visit to A. appreciated
because "he took the kindest care of me" for a day. Reports on
her "perfect visit, a really delightful 6 days with the Eliots." Looks forward to seeing "you both
and the boy."
AHGJ3f—letter to "Darling Billy" from
AHGJ dated July 3 1910. 4 sheets, 7 pages. Letterhead of the Grand
Hotel, Tivoli, Lucerne. Envelope from the Grand Hotel
addressed to: William James jr
Irving St., Cambridge,
Two cancellation stamps on the front: one illegible; the other, LUZER[ ], 3.VIII.10—10, BRF. EXP[
]. Stamp on the back: Gd. Hotel Tivoli, LUCERNE, 3-JUL. 1910, [possibly another line, illegible]. Notes
that that morning she had to care for HJ, who came to her "in one of his
bad nervous hours." Notes on day to day events. That she and
HJ could not make a steep climb to a tourist spot and on their return to the
base of the hill, "inwardly I felt so miserably fettered by my heavy body,
when behold, like a bird or some mountain goat . . . a Swiss youth of 18 or so
alighted beside us." After a brief conversation, the young man
left. But "He little dreamed how grateful I was to him for being
young, and light and good. It didn’t really matter that I couldn’t climb
the path since he could. What a long story to tell you but I have to make
the best of all that comes my way for the cheer is meagre."
How WJ and HJ "make a difficult combination." "Papa can’t
walk and uncle Henry can’t smile." More on
the difficult trip to Nauheim. WJ’s physical illness and HJ’s
"sad pathway," which "is to be a long one, I fear."
Speculations on the causes of their illnesses. Arrangements for their
arrival at Quebec
AHGJ3g—envelope addressed to: Mrs William James, 18 Garden Street, Cambridge,
Mass. Envelope from the
Hotel Pocahontas, Gerrish
Island, Kittery Point, ME.
Two cancellation stamps on the front: one illegible; other PORTSMOUTH, JUN, 30, 2PM., N.H. One
cancellation stamp on the back, mostly illegible: CAMBRIDGE ST[ ].
HJ1—items contained in an envelope, 4 & 3/4;
in x 6 & 1/2; in, addressed to Mrs. William James, 95 Irving St., Cambridge
Mass., U.S.A, in HJ’s hand. Three postmarks, none fully legible, all London, 9 March, 1915,
5.30PM. The envelope bears a penciled "23" following the "St." abbreviation.
HJ1a—letter to "Dear Sir" dated
January 21, 1915. 1 sheet, 3 pages. Envelope addressed to Henry
James Esqre, 21 Carlyle
Walk, Chelsea, London, SW. Two
postal stamps: Field Post Office T. 6., JA 22, 15;
PASSED No. 1454 CENSOR. Pencil signature on the envelope. Letter
thanks HJ for "your packet of Handkerchiefs" and his "kind
letter." Much gratitude for support from the home front. Sentiment
of righteousness for the Allied cause vs. "the tyrant."
HJ1b—letter to "Dear Sir" dated Feb.
16, 1915. 1 sheet, 1 page. Return address on letter: 113A Tolworth Park Road,
Surbiton. Envelope addressed to Henry James Esq, 21 Carlyle
Mansions, Cheyne Walk, SW. One
cancellation, partially legible: [ ]TON, SURREY, [ ]9 AM, 17 FE, 15. Letter from Sapper
Thomas J Williams thanks HJ for helping him get his teeth fixed or false teeth.
HJ1c—letter to "Dear Sir" dated Feb.
14, 1915. 1 sheet, 1 page. Return address on letter: H.M.S. Iron
XXX, Grand Fleet. Envelope bears one cancellation stamp, partially
2 AM, 17 FE, 15. Also "PASSED BY CENSOR" stamp, with
"S.W." pencilled over it. Letter
signed by W. Kidd, who thanks HJ for his kindness in helping to make a recent
2-day stay in London.
HJ1d—letter to "Sir: dated January 28,
1915. 1 sheet, 4 pages. Return address on letter: 1254 Arm. A. Claringbould, No 2 by. A. 6. Corps, H. M. Gun. Wharf,
Devonport. Envelope addressed to Henry James Esq., 21 Carlyl
[sic] Mansions, Cheyne Walk, London, S.W.
Two cancellations, neither fully legible, each DEVONPORT, 7.45PM, 28 JA,
15. Letter informs HJ of C’s new quarters, which he took up following a
stay in London.
C. gives a report of Devonport and its architecture, etc., but notes no
progress with "this wretched nervous trouble." Hopes that
"your complain [sic] is within still within
NB: two other items were in HJ1: a card
addressed to Willim James Jr,
(this is now item WJjr1a, and and envelope labelled "W. James autographs, which contained items
WJ2a, a card, and WJ2b-d, the signature lines from WJ checks.
HJ2—The items in HJ2 were held in an envelope 6
& 3/4; in. x 4 5/8 in., labeled "Correspondence Re Mrs
Wharton’s 70th Birthday Gift to Uncle Henry." in Bill James’s
HJ2a—letter to "Dear Harry" from Henry
L. Higginson, date March 27, 1913 on letterhead of
Henry L. Higginson, 44 State Street, Boston.
1 sheet, 1 page. Letter is typed, with "SPECIAL DELIVERY" in
the upper left of the letter. The letter informs Harry of Wharton’s plan
to raise $5,000 "to give yoiur Uncle Harry
something handsome on his birthday, and I believe it is to be a portait." HLH and Sturgis Bigelow, it seems,
have been enlisted by EW. But one of those whom they approached, "a
lady who knows him bery well and who is unusally keen" thinks it a bad idea. HLH thus
writes to learn of Harry’s opinion. HLH invites Harry to call him over
"a private telephone wire between our New York
offices, over which you can talk to me."
HJ2b—letter copy, in Bill James’s hand,
addressed to "Dear Mr. James". 1 sheet, 3 pages. 12 Otis Place
letterhead, on which the printed address is struck through and "56 Beacon St.
Boston." is written. Dated 2-4-13. Letter by Sturgis Bigelow
informs Bill that "some anonymous individual seems to have started a panic
by evolving the idea that what was aimed at was a subscription to keep him out
of a hypothetical poorhouse." He defends Wharton’s plan. Ends:
"It looks to me as if somebody had gone off at half-cock by
misunderstanding the situation and her intention.—Was
HJ2c—note to "Dear Uncle George," on 12 Otis Place
letterhead, dated April 8th 1913. 1 sheet, 1 page. Bill encloses
"the two copies you asked for" and writes that aside from a note from
Bigelow, he has heard nothing.
HJ2d—letter copy, in Bill James’s hand,
addressed to "Dear Dr. Bigelow," dated April 3rd 1913, on 12 Otis Place
letterhead. 1 sheet, 3 pages. Bill explains that "my
action" ended EW’s "friendly
plan." Bill outlines how he informed HJ "gently" so that
he could accept the plan, if he so chose. HJ responded thus by cable:
"Immense thanks for warning. Taking instant prohibitive
action. Please express to individuals approached my horror. Money
HJ2e—letter to "Dear Mr. James," dated
March 1913, from Edith Wharton. Letter is not signed, but EW’s name is typed. "Dear" is typed on the
greeting, and "Mr. James" is written in ink. This is the
letter, marked "Private and confidential." that sets out the plan to
raise the money for HJ’s 70th birthday gift.
HJ2f—letter to "Dear Bill," dated 12
West 44th St., Mar. 27. 1 sheet, 1
page. From Harry James. Harry congratulates Bill for what "you
did in this Wharton—H.J. matter." Notes that he has made a slight
change in what must have been Bill’s draft cable to HJ, but writes that
"your cable was good + I think it ought to go in your name."
HJ2g—copy of a letter from HJ. "H.J.
to George Abbot James" written at the head of the copy in a hand different
from the copyist’s. Undated. 2 sheets, 6 pages. HJ tells GAJ
that he has accepted "a piece of charming, but sufficiently modest, plate,
a silver-gilt Golden Bow of the value (as has been revealed to me) of exactly
fifty pounds" which 250 people subscribed for. The portrait
named. HJ’s anxiety over the old plan,
which would have demanded a large amount of money from relatively few people,
and his satisfaction with the actual plan, which used a little money from many
people. The issue seems to have been how much the few would have had to
HJ2h—Letter from Henry L. Higginson
to George A. James [52 Beacon
Street], March 24, 1913, on HLH’s
letterhead, 44 State Street,
Boston. 1 sheet, 1 page.
Letter solicits GAJ as a part of the Wharton fundraiser. HLH asks for
$500, "but of course smaller sums would be equally welcome."
HJ2i—copy of a letter to "Dear Mr. Higginson" from Harry, dated March 27. 1 sheet,
2 pages. Thanks HLH for informing him of the subscription "scheme."
States that the plan "would embarrass him [HJ] profoundly."
Mentions EW letter, item HJ2e. Notes HJ’s
"dreary and depressing winter of illness" and remarks that a personal
letter rather than signing a check would be more appreciated by
him. Ends by questioning EW’s
HJ2j—copy of Bill’s cable to HJ informing him of
HJ2k—copy of a note from George Abbot James to
Henry L. Higginson, dated Sunday, March 25th, 1913,
addressed, "Dear Henry." GAJ thanks HLH for "your note of
yesterday" (see item HJ2h), but declines, "wish[ing]
to have no part."
HJ3—The items in HJ3
were contained in a 5 & 1/2; in. x 7 & 1/2; in. envelope, which was
labeled "H.J." in red pencil, probably by Mickey James.
HJ3a—"The Diary of a Man of Fifty" and
"A Bundle of Letters" from Harper’s Half-Hour Series. Edel A14. First American Edition, issued
simultaneously in paper (here) and cloth. Title page has "Sargent" written at the top, possibly by HJ.
HJ3b—"The Lesson of the Master" and
other Stories ("The Marriages," "The Pupil," "Brooksmith," "The Solution," "Sir
Edmund Orme") from Heinemann and Balestier’s "The English Library" series (of
which this is No. 135). Volume is broken and incomplete, with p. 160
being the last. Edel F1d. "Rose
Lamb" written on the front cover in pencil.
HJ4—The items in HJ4
were contained in a letter-sized file folder, marked "HJ TO HARRY" on
HJ4a—letter to "Dearest Harry," dated
Feb. 16th, 1905, on letterhead from The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, FL. 1 sheet, 2 pages.
Breakers Hotel envelope addressed to Henry James jr Esq., 95
Irving St., Cambridge Mass. Two cancellation stamps on the
front: PALM BEACH, FEB [rest illegible]; other stamp
illegible. Two cancellation stamps on the reverse: BOSTON, FEB 20, 7-AM, 1905, MASS.; American
flag stamp with what must be CAMBRIDGE STATION in the star field. List of
names in pencil on the back—not in HJ’s hand.
Notes that he encloses a letter meant for Harry and that he is very busy and
about to leave for St. Augustine.
HJ4b—letter to "Dearest Harry," dated
May 23rd . 1 sheet, 2 pages. Mourning
stationary from 95 Irving Street,
HJ is relieved that Harry is with AHGJ, whom HJ talked to this morning by
telephone. Wishes Harry and Peg and Alice a better and restorative
day to come. "The angel Theodate"
[Pope?] to take him to New Haven
by car to see Yale.
HJ4c—letter to "Dearest Harry," dated
"Friday a.m." from Nahant. 1 sheet, 2 pages. Mourning
stationary from 95 Irving Street,
95 Irving Street
are struck through. HJ discovers that he has money in a savings bank,
apparently found or located by Harry. HJ now feels "renewed" in
his "energy for fighting out my situations on the right lines."
For "the thing is always to pick myself up for more
continuity". Hopes that Harry’s stay with Alice and Aleck will have
been a "boon" to all three.
HJ4d—card to "Dearest Aleck," dated
October 18th, 1908. 1 card, 2 sides. Lamb House, Rye, Sussex.
printed header (same as contemp.
letterhead). Envelope addressed to A. R. James Esq., The King’s Mound, Oxford.
Two cancellation stamps on the front: RYE, 6.PM
OC 18, 08; and RYE,
6.PM, [ ] 18 [rest illegible]. One cancellation stamp on the back: OXFORD, 945AM, OC 19, 08. Message on card supplements a wire sent
by HJ to Alec the previous day. Gives details of the arrival of the Saxania (on which WJ, AHGJ, and Peg returned to the U.S.),
encourages A. to "bear bravely up" and plans to visit him
"somewhere about the 9th." Alec is just now on his own in Oxford and very homesick.
HJ4e—card to "Dearest Aleck." dated
Oct: 18 20th, 1908. 1 card, 2 sides. Lamb House, Rye, Sussex.
printed header (same as contemp.
letterhead). Envelope addressed to A. R. James Esq., The King’s Mound, Oxford.
Two cancellation stamps on the front: RYE, 9.15AM, OC 21, 08; RYE
9.15 AM, OC 21, 08. One stamp on the back: OXFORD, 6. PM, OC 2[ ], 08. Thanks A.
for "your brave little letter" and notes his delight "with your
good spirits." Implies that A. is delaying his coming to Rye and puts off HJ from
coming to see him. Encourages him to "bear up" under his
stressful circumstances (with the Smiths). Asks for news from the WJ
HJ4f—card to "Dearest Aleck." dated
Oct. 26th, 1918. 2 cards, 4 sides. Lamb House, Rye, Sussex.
printed header (same as contemp.
letterhead). Envelope addressed to A. R. James Esq., The King’s Mound, Oxford.
One cancellation stamp on the front: RYE,
7. PM, OC 26, 08. One cancellation stamp on the back: [ ]ord, [ ]AM, OC 27,
08. Thanks A. for his letter and for "your mother’s quite
divine one." Notes "dear old Charle’s
Norton’s [sic] death".
HJ4g—card to "Dearest Aleck." dated
Oct 13 1808 1908. 2 cards, 4 sides. Envelope addressed to A.R.
James Esq., The King’s Mound, Oxford. Once cancellation
stamp on the front: RYE,
11 PM, OC 13, 08. Two stamps on the back, neither fully legible: [
], OC[ ], 08; OXF[ ], 915.PM, OC 13,
08. Back of envelope has "cuttez" or
"cutter" written in ink, not in HJ’s hand.
Front of envelope has a yellow post-it with ". . . a dictionary . .
." attached. Lamb House, Rye,
Sussex. printed header (same as contemp.
letterhead). Thanks A. for his letter, "which has been on the whole
reassuring to me." Promises to send A. a good dictionary.
Reassures A. that Smith is only being English, and as such is really "kind
+ faithful + helpful." Advises A. to go to the Times for news on the
Saxonia’s arrival (in the U.S.).
HJ4h—card to "Dearest Aleck." dated
October 27th 28th, 1908. 1 card, 2 sides. Envelope addressed to A.
R. James Esq., The King’s Mound, Oxford. "returning letter" written on lower-left of the
envelope’s front. One cancellation on the front: RYE, 1. PM, OC 20, 08. Cancellation on
back partial: [ ], 11. [ ], OC 2[ ], 08. Thanks A. for the
"beautiful letters." Notes that WJ has taken "to the hills
+ the true breast of nature."
HJ4i—card to "Dearest Aleck." dated O November 1st, 1908. 1 card, 2 sides.
Envelope addressed to Alexander Robertson James Esq., The King’s Mound., Oxford.
One partially legible cancellation stamp on the front: RYE, 9 15 AM, NO 2, 05. One
cancellation stamp on the back: [ ]ford,
6.45.PM, NO 2, 08. Returns letters from WJ and Bill. Encloses one
from WJ to him (HJ). Asks for "three little words.
. . to tell me how you’re getting on." "I could come to you one
day next week—after the 9th or 10th, remember, if you should ‘need’ me."
HJ4j—card to "Dearest Aleck." dated
Jan. 19. 1909. 1 card. 2 sides. Envelope addressed to A. R. James
Esq., The King’s Mound, Oxford. One illegible
cancellation stamp on the front. One cancellation stamp on the back: OXFORD, 8.30 AM, JA 21, 09. Sketches, AJ’s
name, and "Ruth Mansfild" written in pencil
on the back of the envelope. Comments on "dear Peg’s letters full of
life + charm." Infers from A’s lack of a note that his
"‘Instructor’ has taken no new line whatever." HJ conveying news from
A. to WJ. "L.H. yearns for you."
HJ4k—letter fragment to "Dear Miss [
]. Contained in a 3 5/8 in. x 6 & 1/2; in. envelope, labeled
"H.J. Autograph" in Mickey James’s hand. Pink post-it attached
to envelope, with "signature torn off."
HJ4l—letter to "Dearest Harry." no
date. [pencil notation in the upper-left of the
first page "Jan 29th, ’05, in Harry’s hand (?)] 3 sheets, 6 pages.
Envelope addressed to Henry James, jr,
Irving St., Cambridge Mass. Two cancellation marks on the
JAN 29, 8-PM, 1905, PA; and a barely legible flag stamp. Two cancellation
marks on the back: BOSTON, JAN 30, 10-30A, 1905, MASS.; and a flag with
CAMBRIDGE STATION in the star field. Yellow note attached,
"H.J. Enveloped Addressed to Nephew Harry—" in Mickey James’s hand.
Asks Harry for "another blessed service"—to help him secure passage
back to England
on either the Saxonia or the Iapoeraia
(?), sometime around July 1. Seeks "the best single cabin" and
gives Harry latitude to arrange all other details. Leaving for Richmond "Tuesday
a.m. 31st." Outlines plans up to St. Augustine. Outlines plans for late
spring, when, before sailing, he wishes to be able to "get a good deal of
my book worked off." Written from 1810 S. Rittenhouse Square.
HJ4m—letter to "Dearest H." dated
August 9th, 1904, typed on Lamb House, Rye,
Sussex, letterhead. 2 sheets, 2 pages. Pages
stapled. All is fixed regarding HJ’s trip to
the United States.
HJ in close contact with AHGJ about his plans. HJ very excited about
coming to the U.S.
"Send this to the others as a renewed announcement to them as
well". "To Harry" written in the upper-left corner of the
first page, not in HJ’s hand.
HJ4n—photocopy of HJ4m.
HJ5—Items in HJ5 were contained in a 9 in. x 11
& 3/4; in. file folder, which is marked "To Billy" in red on the
HJ5a—letter to "Dearest Bill" dated
April 13th, 1914. On 105 Pall Mall, S.W. letterhead, on which the
letterhead address is canceled and "21 Carlyle
Mansions, Chelsea, S.W." is written above and to
the right. 9 sheets, 18 pages. Blue pencil brackets and
notes. Apologizes for not writing sooner. Notes Peg’s
arrival. Disparages Peg’s "appendage," Margaret Payson.
Praise for Peggy’s intelligence and responsiveness and her ability to be a good
companion. "She is infallably perceptive +
sympathetic." Discusses beauty and noses. Criticizes Wilfred’s
painting. Discussion of portrait painting.
HJ5b—photocopy of one page from AHGJ3f.
HJ5c—envelope 8 3/16 in. x 5 & 1/4;
in. addressed by HJ to William James Esq., 39 Chestnut Street, Boston Mass, United States. Five illegible
cancellation stamps. "Br. 1920. B" written on upper
HJ5d—letter to "Dearest Bill" on
Reform Club, Pall Mall. S.W., letterhead,
dated June 19th, 1902. 1 sheet, 4 pages. Envelope addressed to
William James Esq, Garlant’s
Hotel, Suffolk St.,
Envelope is from the Reform Club. S.W. written on the upper left. One
stamp cancellation: London
S.W, Jun 20 120, 4AM. Letter notifies Bill and his wife, Alice, of a
delay in coming to Rye
due to a late-scheduled meeting with Katie Rodgers.
HJ6—Items in HJ6 were contained in a 11 & 3/4; in. x 9 in. file folder labeled "HJ to
AJ" on the cutout.
HJ6a—letter to "Dearest [ ]"
dated November 24, 1908. 1 sheet, 1 page. While this letter is
torn, it appears to be on Lamb House letterhead. Sends to Aleck a letter
from WJ. Comments on Peg’s "theatrical gains" and wishes he
could see her perform. Pink post-it attached with the note:
"signature torn off."
HJ6b—envelope addressed to A. R. James Esq, The King’s Mound, Oxford. Postage stamp and thus
cancellation torn. Cancellation stamp on the back partially
legible: [ ], 6.[ ]PM, NO 23, 08.
HJ6c—card to "Dearest Aleck." on
Reform Club card stock. dated Feb. 22. 2
cards, 4 sides. Envelope addressed to A. R. James Esq., The King’s Mound,
Reform Club envelope. Cancellation: LOND[
], FEB23 [ ], 12.15 AM. Cancellation on back: [ ]XFORD,
[ ], FE 23, 09. Mentions his trip to Brighton, responds to A’s
attendance at a play, which cannot "be very often done," notes
receipt of a letter from "your Tufts
notes family members who have written him recently. P.S. written on the
outside back of the envelope.
HJ6d—Letter to "Dearest Alice." dated
April 24th, 1912, on Reform Club mourning letterhead. 2 sheets, 8
pages. Envelope also from the Reform Club and mourning stationary
addressed to: Mrs. William James [Bill’s wife], Lamb House, Rye. Postage
stamp torn off, but a cancellation remains: LONDON.S.W, APL25 12A, 12.15
AM. Cancellation on reverse: [ ], [ ].30AM, AP 25, 12.
Arranges reservations for the three to see the Russian Dancers. "my days with you did me no end of good, + have been quite a
milestone in my course." Seeks information on what was wrong with
Mrs. Prothero, whom they had seen at the Rye station. Note
on the inquiry to the Titanic sinking.
HJ6e—letter to "Dearest Aleck." dated
"Saturday noon." 1 sheet, 2 pages. Lamb House, Rye, Sussex
letterhead. Envelope addressed to: A. R. James Esq., c/o Charles Hotham Esq., Theydon Priory, Theydon Bois., Essex. Cancellation: RYE, 1.PM, MR 20, 09. Cancellation on
reverse: EPPING, 10.30.PM, MR 20, 09. Notes that he’s lost touch with
"where you are," with A. having left Oxford and the Smiths, but that he is trying
to reach him via Hotham. Gives advice on A’s
procedure for preparing to return home. Invites A. to spend time with
him. Asks A. to "inform me of your movements + times—even by wire if
HJ6f—letter to "Dearest Aleck." dated
January February 1st 1909, on Lamb House, Rye,
letterhead. Letter signature torn away, along with the letter’s lower
left-hand corner. HJ returns letters. HJ notes that "I have
not been very well" and "though I am definitely better, [it is]
something of an effort to me to write." Deeply encouraging words to
A, which remind him of the love of his family and of his uncle, which should
help "to bear you up." Asks A. not to mention that he isn’t
well, "such things get so exaggerated" but also notes that he can
only "do short letters."
MJ1—The items in MJ1
were contained in a 9 in. x 6 in. envelope, which is addressed: "To:
Alexander R. James, Esq, Caixa
Postal 363, 8600 Lagos, Algarve, Portugal." The return
address: "From: M. James, 34
Fairfield St., Boston, Mass., 02116.
The envelope is further marked on the lower left corner "AIR" in red
with a blue bar under and over the word. It has an "Air Mail"
stamp and a metered postal stamp: BOSTON,
Mar-4’91, MASS. Over the metered stamp is
written "Wm James" in Mickey James’s hand.
MJ1a, b—black and white death bed photographs of
WJ. 5 in x 7 in. One & 3/4; length, hands folded across his
chest, eyes closed. The other a chest-up picture. See also WJ7a-f.
MJ2—Items in MJ2 were contained in a 6 &
1/2; in. x 3 5/8 in. envelope, which is labeled in Mickey James’s hand.
In the upper right corner MJ wrote: "HOUSES/NEWPORT" in black
ink. On the front of the envelope, in red pencil, he wrote: "H O W,
J, New/p." There is a "+" inside
of the "O."
MJ2a—3 & 1/2in. x 4 7/8 in. black and white
photograph of MJ preparing to take a photograph. The back of the photo is
labeled in MJ’s hand "M.J., (Newport--, May 7,
MJ2b--3 & 1/2 in. x 4 7/8 in. black and
white photograph of a side view of the stone
house at the corner of Spring Street and Lee Avenue, where the James family lived
from 1862-63. The back of the photo is labeled in MJ’s
hand "H.J. house (Newport)."
MJ2c—3 & 1/2; in. x 3 & 1/2; in. color
photograph of the house in MJ2b, same shot, but from a greater distance. The
back of the photo is labeled in MJ’s hand "H.J.
MJ2d—3 & 1/2; in. x 3 & 1/2; in. color
photograph of the family house labeled in Harry T. Moore’s Henry James as
"The James family home in Newport,
1860-62." The back of the photo is labeled in MJ’s
hand "W.J. house (Newport)."
WJ1--Green cloth binding. Titled on spine:
Letters: William James to A.R.J. 1895-1910.
This book contains letters and postcards attached to the book pages. The
following lists and, as will be the procedure for this inventory, describes
briefly those letters and cards in the order of their appearance:
WJ1a—postcard from Nauheim, Germany, September 22, 1899, with a
note on the back and addressed to: Mr. John Robertson James, care of W. M. Saltes, Silver Lake (N.H.), V.S. v Amerika.
WJ1b—postcard from Perugia, Italy, March 10 , with a note
on the front and addressed to: Mr. Tweedy James, 95 Irving Street, Cambridge,
Mass, Stati Uniti dì A.
WJ1c—postcard from Florence, Italy,
March 20 , with a note on the front and addressed to: Mr. Tweedy James, 107 Irving Street, Cambridge, Mass, Stati
Uniti dì Anerca [?]
WJ1d—letter to "Mon doux
Cherubini’" dated Aug 8, with an envelope
stamped Aug 8 ’95, written on El Paso Club (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
letterhead. 2 sheets/4 pages and 2 illustrations. Envelope is
addressed to: Master F.T.R..T James, Chocorua, N.H.
Letter is in French. Family translation included.
WJ1e—letter to "Darling Tweedy," dated
[June 12, ‘98], with an envelope to Mr. John Roberstson
James, care of William James, Chocorua, N.H.
and stamped from Boston,
June 12, 1898. 1 sheet, 2 pages.
WJ1f—letter to "Darling Alice," dated
June 28, ’98, P.M. and headed "Adirondack Lodge" in WJ’s hand. The letter is 1 and & 1/2; sheets, 6
WJ1g—two advertising handcards,
one from "Wing Fat & Co." and one from "Sing Fat &
Co." both in San Francisco.
WJ1h—tourist flyer or magazine cutout, with
picture, of Glacier Point. Reverse advertizes
Summer Season at Walwona" and the paintings of
Thomas Hill. No date.
WJ1i—letter to "Darling Old Cherubini," dated August 28, 1898. One
sheet, three pages. This excellent letter uses the story of a coyote’s
death, which had been shot, to give a lesson on "your boy
business": "He was doing his Cayote-business
like a hero, and you must do your boy-business, and I my man-business bravely
too, or else we wont be worth as much as that little Cayote."
WJ1j—letter to "Dear Francis" written
in part probably by Peggy, who accompanied her mother and father on the trip
and in part by WJ. 1 sheet, 4 pages. The letter is dated 15th July
1899 and written on ship stationary, as the family was evidently about to
depart for Europe. With the letter is a dinner menu, on the back of which
is an illustration of the liner and notes to John Robertson by WJ.
Envelope addressed to "Mr. John Robertson James, Care of W. M. Salter, Silver Lake, N.H. Return address: V. S. v. Amerika. 2 stamps, 2 cancellations (readable only as
"Bad-Nauheim" and "8.8.99
WJ1k—letter to "Sweet Old Tweed,"
dated August 7, 1899, from "Villa Luise, Bad=Nauheim." 1 sheet, 4 pages with illustrations of
3 dogs and Mrs. WJ. Although WJ writes that that "I will let her [Alice] finish this letter," there is no section from Alice.
WJ1l—letter to "Dear François." N.d., n.p.
on the letter. 2 sheets, 3 pages. Letter gives advice on living and
projects that Alec will "grow up into a filosopher
like me." Second sheet is a series of six illustrations of a dog in
silly positions with the caption: "Sweet old Tweedy
How would you like us to bring you this little dog? So nice and
fat and warm?" Envelope addressed to "Mr. Francis James, 107 Irving Street, Cambridge (Mass.),
WJ1m—photocopied note with the header "Nauheim, September 2nd. 1899." to "Darling old
John Robertson." The original may have been removed from the album,
since the place at which the copy appears has had its item removed.
WJ1n—letter to "Sweet Old Tweedy,"
dated September 23, 1899, on "Hôtel St. Gotthard-Terminus in Luzern/Jos. Döpfner" letterhead. 2 sheets, 4 pages. first page not attached to the album. The letter is
rather emotional, written, WJ says, "because I feel overflowing with
happiness at being in Switzerland
again, and at being set free from that awful stick-in-the-mud cure-life at Nauheim . . .".
WJ1o—letter to "Sweet Old Tweedy" from
December 6, 1900. 1 sheet, 4 pages. Unattached from the
album. Enclosures mentioned in the letter (not presently in the
album). Envelope: return address: Stati Uniti, di America.
Addressed to: Mr. Francis James, 107
Irving Street, Cambridge, Mass. 1 of 3 cancellation stamps
partly legible. "Roma" as the single legible word.
WJ1p—letter to "Sweet old . . . .Francis!", with the header "Charlotte Square, Edinb.
May 26, 1901. 1 sheet, 4 pages. Recent gossip about individuals WJ
WJ1q—letter to "Darling Alice" (Alice
H.G. James), dated Sunday 29.3, 1903, 8.30 P.M., on letterhead of the
Kenilworth Inn, Asheville,
N.C. 4 sheets, 7 pages. Within this letter are sections to
"Dearest Alec, Child of my entrails" and to "Darling
Peg." Envelope, from the Kenilworth Inn, addressed to "Mrs.
William James, 95 Irving Street,
Cambridge, Mass" Cancellation stamps illegible.
WJ1r—letter to "Dear Aleck," dated Cambridge, June 24, 1903,
8 P.M. 1 sheet, 4 pages. News to Aleck. Included is this note
on Harvard Commencement, at which WJ talked: "I was afraid the President
might describe me as a ‘psychologist’ a name I dislike, + so he
did." Envelope addressed to Mr. Alexander R. James, c/o Wm James, Chocorua, N.H. Cancellation stamp: BOSTON, JUN 25, 4-AM,
WJ1s—letter to "Dear old Aleck," dated
Street, July 10, 1905. 1 sheets, 4 pages. Words to Aleck
encouraging him to make the most of his summer. Envelope addressed to
A.R. James, Camp Portanimicut, South Orleans, Mass.
Cancelled at Cambridge Station and at Boston. Only the Boston mark is legible:
Boston Mass Jul 11 1905 2-AM.
WJ1t.i—two items on this page. Taped to
the top of the page is a postcard addressed to Mr. Aleck James, Camp Portanimicut,
South Orleans (Mas
[card slightly torn here]. Message to "Dear old boy" about
receipt of Aleck’s letter re: his fishing trip, "a real sea-experience,
and not got sick." Card cancelled at Cambridge Station and at Boston. Only
the Boston mark
is legible: Boston Mass Jul 19 1905 2-AM.
WJIt.ii is a letter
addressed to "Dear Aleck" and dated Cambri.
July 21, 1905. 1 sheet, 4 pages. WJ orders a new (tennis ?) racket for Aleck, who has broken his. WJ advises
Aleck to take care of his racket, for "A good player at any game keeps his
tols with the utmost care." WJ also
encourages A. to do his "very best" at his lessons, using especially
"the writing method."
WJ1u.i—two items on this page, postcards, both
of which are now loose. The first is addressed to Mr. A. R. James, Camp Portanimicut,
Sourth Orleans, Mass It was cancelled at Cambridge Station and at Boston and a third
place. Only the Boston
mark is legible: Boston Mass Jul 25 1905 3-PM. Note tells of Peggy’s
return and where to send mail during an upcoming trip to "Hurricane (Essex County)
N.Y." WJ dated the note "Cambr. July
WJ1u.ii is addressed to Mr. A.R. James, Camp
Port Portanimicut, South Orleans, Mass.
The card is cancelled twice. One the Hurricane NY Aug 2 1905 stamp is
legible. The note on the card is dated "Hurricane (Essex Co.), N.Y.,
Aug 1." Encourages Aleck to keep studying hard his Latin
"syntax (swine tax)" and urges him to press ahead.
WJ1v.i—two items on this page, postcards, both
of which are now loose. The first is addressed to A.R. James, Camp Portanimicut,
Mass. The card was
cancelled at Cambridge Station and Boston
and a third place not legible. The Boston
stamp is the legible one and reads: Boston Mass Aug 10 1905 12-M. Note
Aug. 10. Note records WJ and AJ’s "active
life" and urges Aleck to study hard via mention of his "swim
bladder" (cf WJ1u.ii).
WJ1v.ii—addressed to A.R. James, Camp Portanimicut, South Orleans, Mass and is cancelled three
times: Cambridge Station, Boston Mass Aug 18 1905 2-AM, and South Orleans Mass
Aug 18 1905. Note is dated Cambr. Aug 17. 9 P.
M. Back from Ridgefield
with "bad colds." Other notes on family, including a house
"Dearest A," dated Grand Canyon
January 4, 1906. 1 page.
The letter is written on the back of a page from a magazine or a tourist flyer,
with a picture of and text describing a "Hopi House." In the
letter WJ describes his visit to the Hopi house, which was "most
WJ1x—letter to "Beloved Aleck," dated
December 7, 1906 from Santa Barbara,
CA, on letterhead of "The
Arlington." 1 sheet, 2 pages. Note on the top, not in WJ’s hand, "Seems to be wrongly dated—Probably sh’d be Jan 7—1906"
and then in a different hand (?) "1905?".
On the natural beauty of the region. Note that he sent home eucalyptus
leaves, which would remind Aleck and his mother "of old times."
Also jokes about an enclosed photo, which he could show to everyone except
AHGJ, who would get jealous.
WJ1y—letter to "Darling Aleck," dated
March 5, 1906, on Stanford
letterhead. 1 sheet, 2 pages. Envelope addressed to "Mr. A.R.
James, 95 Irving Street,
Cancelled twice. One stamp legible: Stanford
University Cal Mar 6
11AM 1906. WJ writes of the bad weather, his bad toe, and the few
nice days, including the one on which the letter was written.
General details of a lovely trip into the "beautiful, beautiful
hills." Few words on his lecture duty, which was adjusted from 3 to
WJ1z—letter to "Beloved Aleck," dated
June 17, 1908 from Bibury. 1 sheet, 4
pages. Envelope addressed to "Alexander R. James Esq,
95 Irving Street, Cambridge (Mass), U.S. of A."
Gives Aleck, who is facing exams, confidence. Tells his son that whether
he passes all or none, the quicker he forgets them the better, for "they
are not the whole of life, tho they tend to become so
in overcivilized communities." Notes on Oxford pedagogical
culture, elevating the tutors and deprecating the professors, who merely have
to "empty his own gas-bag." Sports at Oxford. "Pastoral peace" of England and of
its weather. Notes that "I enclose some views" of England (?),
which are on the following page of the album. These have the numbers WJ1zi,
postcard of "The River Coln at Bilbury" and WJ1zii, postcard of "The Swan Hotel
& Gardens, Bilbury". Neither card is
attached any longer to its place on this page.
WJ1aa—letter to "Sweet old Tweedy" on
the letterhead of the Adirondack Lodge, dated June 25th 27th, 1898. 1
sheet, 2 pages. Envelope addressed to Mr John
Robertson James, 95 Irving Street,
Adirondack Lodge envelope. Three cancellations, none legible. WJ
represents himself, away from home without his wife, "like a sheep without
a shepherd, like a dove without a mate." Anecdotes regarding his
WJ1ab—letter to "Dearest Aleck" on
Lamb House letterhead, dated August 9, 1908. 1 sheet, 2 pages. WJ
works to make the best of what must have been a bad situation for Aleck: his
moving to England
for school because "B & N’s school has gone stale upon you, and that
some change from that is imperative." No school in the United States, WJ argues, compares
"whatsoever with Oxford."
Encourages Aleck’s drawing and painting.
WJ1ac—letter to "Dearest Aleck" dated
19. 08." 1 sheet, 4 pages. Envelope
addressed to Mr. A. R. James, 95
Irving Street, Cambridge
of A. Front of envelope only attached. One cancellation: Rye Aug 19 08 legible.
WJ1ad—letter to "Dear Friese"
dated August 30, 1908. On American Hotel, Amsterdam, letterhead. 3 sheets, 6
pages. First sheet is a letter from AHGJ. Second sheet is from
WJ. Last sheet, last two pages, contain a letter from AHGJ. Written
when Aleck had been at-sea for two days, traveling to England.
AHGJ sets an agenda for Aleck on his arrival, which she anticipates with
enthusiasm. Gives notes on Peggy’s activities.
WJ1ae—postcard without a greeting, addressed to
"A.R. James, esq, c/o A.L. Smith Esq, Mansfield
One cancellation: London.W.C. 5.45PM OC 3 08.
Written from "Charing X Hotel, Saturday
P.M." Short note updating Aleck on WJ’s
whereabouts and noting that they miss him. postcard
unattached to album.
WJ1af—letter addressed to "Beloved
Aleck" on R.M.S. Saxonia letterhead and dated
"Wednesday a.m." 1sheet, 4 pages. Front side of envelope
included, addressed to: Mr. A.R. James, care of A.L. Smith, Esq,
Mansfield Road, Oxford. Letter responds to "Your
homesick epistle." WJ addresses Aleck’s homesickness with a few
words on English manners, which A. evidently read as indifference to him on the
part of the Smiths, which in Smith, WJ writes, is "extreme."
Advises A. how to understand the English and integrate oneself with them as an
American, not as an imitator of English form. In this way, "they
will relish you all the more for your strangeness."
WJ1ag—letter addressed to "Darling
Aleck," on 95 Irving Street
letterhead, dated Oct 17th, 6.30 AM. 1 sheet, 4 pages. Front of an
envelope included: return address as "England" and addressed to Mr.
Alexander James, King’s Mound, Mansfield
Letter informs Aleck that the WJ group has arrived home safely after a rough
trip, Peggy being sick the whole voyage, but not WJ or AHGJ. Lets Aleck
know how much his homesickness is on their minds. Assures Aleck that the
bad feeling is only temporary. How WJ "expected to see you at the
house" when he returned from the wharf, "+ Peggy and I shed tears
over the absence of the dear boy who was always so willing to perform any
service. . . ."
WJ1ah—letter to "Beloved Aleck," dated
"Salter’s Hill Top. Oct 29. 08." 2
sheets, 4 pages. Envelope: return address "England !"; addressed to Mr. A. R. James, King’s Mound, Mansfield Road, Oxford.
3 cancellations—2 front, 1 back. 1 front partially legible: Silv [. . . ] Oct 29 P.M. 1908 N.H. back:
Nov 7 08. Notes on back: "Hugo Kisser" and "A. Gustave Vind". Letter
gives general news on WJ’s moves between Salter’s and
other events, including his attendance at Charles Eliot Norton’s funeral, to
which he traveled on Oct 22. How the changing foliage is "scary, in
its feminine enunciation and delicacy" in relation to English
scenery. Aleck seems to over his homesickness. Advises A. "as
far as your will can decide things" "to sink yourself as deeply and
unreservedly in the life around you as you can. . . . Go in for ‘protective
coloration’ after the fashion of your uncle Henry, and you’ll forget that you
have an american home, as
far as possible. You’ll get enough of it when you get back to it!"
WJ1ai—letter to "Beloved Alexander,"
dated Nov 8. 1908, on 95 Irving
Street letterhead. 2 sheets, 4 pages.
Front side of envelope: return address: "England"; addressed to Mr. A.
R. James, the King’s Mound, Mansfield
Two cancellations, one partially legible: Cambridge
Nov 8 [ ]PM 1908 Mass. Aleck getting "better and
better adapted to your new environment." A singer, Mrs. Kate Hooker,
visiting 95 Irving.
WJ repeating his Oxford
lectures to huge, overflow, audiences. Peggy back at Bryn Mawr. Harvard President Eliot’s resignation.
WJ1aj—letter to "Beloved Aleck," dated
26. 08. 2 sheets, 4 pages. Front of envelope included, addressed:
Mr. A. R. James, The King’s Mound, Mansfield Road, Oxford.
Return address: England.
Two cancellation marks: an American flag and a stamp, Cambridge Nov 26 5-PM 1908 MASS. Letter
written on Thanksgiving Day. Peggy on her way to visit "the great
Edison’s in New Jersey."
WJ’s worry and treatment for "my
aorta." Harvard’s win in football over Yale. Other events in
and around Harvard. Funny story about Rooselvelt
(TR), Geo. Washington, and Lincoln at the Gate of Heaven. Joke pivots on TR’s egoism.
WJ1ak—letter to "Dear Aleck," dated
Nov 27. 08, on 95 Irving Street
stationary. 2 sheets, 4 pages. Front side of envelope
included. Addressed: Mr. A.R. James, The King’s Mound, Oxford, England. No return address on
front. Two cancellation marks legible: one American flag and a
Nov 30 2-AM 1908 MASS. Responds to Aleck’s letter, which "just
arrived." WJ advises Aleck on the proper duration of A’s Christmas
holiday, so A. will not miss too much time studying. Encourages A. to
"take more exercise in the form of games." Encourages him too
to immerse himself in English ways: "It isn’t as if you were a
duffer—you’ll profit by every english
thing you enter into." Letter is filled with other nuggets of
fatherly advice that seems exemplary of WJ’s notion
of American manhood.
WJ1al—letter to "Darling Friese," dated, "House, Sunday Nov 29th"
from AHGJ. 6 pages, 3 (?) sheets. No envelope in the album.
Letter brings Aleck into the household of the moment, sending him love and the
most recent comments and questions (eg. "Daddy
said at dinner today . . ."). Motherly advice that Aleck should be
"a joy and a comfort to the Smith family." Reminds him not to
be like so many Americans, who disparage all things English. Encourages
A. to "try to identify yourself with the family where we have placed you
and make the needful effort as a part of what must inevitably be a strenuous
year." Suspects that HJ will invite him for a week or ten days:
"you must not be afraid of talking and entertaining him. His
distressed manner does not mean that you are causing him pain."
Closes: "Good night, dear Francis, From you
WJ1am—letter in pencil to "Dear
Aleck," dated, "At Geo. Dorr’s, Harbor, Dec
5. 08." 1 sheet, 2 sides. Front side
of the envelope included, addressed: Mr. A. R. James, The King’s Mound, Oxford, England. Two cancellation
stamps: an American flag and BAR
HARBOR, Dec 7, 3-PM,
1908, ME. WJ at Dorr’s to investigate spiritual phenomena.
Weather information for his trip. Family gossip.
WJ1an—letter to "Darling Aleck," on 95 Irving St.
letterhead, dated Jan 19. 09. 3 sheets, 6 sides. Two cancellation
marks: one barely legible American flag; one stamp, with only the following
legible: JAN , 10P, 19, MA. Letter responds to Aleck’s
declaration of "your career and fate." ThE
declaration that he would leave school in England and consider "the
alternative between HU and some almost immediate entrance into practical
life." WJ supports strongly A’s taking charge of his life. Yet
he does not agree with A. that Harvard and practical life need be at
odds. WJ offers alternatives and advice that "your dream of
immediately tumbling into any opening that might offer in the west is
unwise." Encourages consideration of the practical value of
university course work. A’s declaration has thrown the family
"topsy-turvy." Latin, evidently, was extremely difficult for
and unliked by Aleck. Ends: "Take heart,
dear old boy, we all believe in you and your future, and are proud of the
letter you wrote. Your loving Dad.
WJ1ao—letter to "Dearest Aleck," on 95 Irving St.
letterhead, dated Jan 27th .09. 1 sheet, 2 pages. Front of envelope
included (tear on top left): addressed: Mr. A. R. James, the King’s
Purple rubber stamped return address [tear]mes, 95
Irving St., Cambridge, Mass. Two cancellation marks: an
American flag and a stamp: CAMBRIDGE,
Jan 28, 1-AM, 1909, MASS. Sends a bill to Aleck for payment.
Promises that A. won’t "get pauperized." More support for Aleck’s
decision to leave Oxford
and for him as a person.
WJ1ap—letter to "Darling Aleck," on 95 Irving St.
letterhead, dated Fe. 28. 09. 2 sheets, 4 pages. Front of envelope
included: addressed to Mr. A. R. James, The King’s Mound, Oxford. England written across the top of
the envelope. Two cancellation marks: American flag and a stamp: CAMBRIDGE, MAR 1, 2-AM,
1909, MASS. Letter addresses A’s investigation of Harvard
admission. Implication that A. has written to Bill, at least, of a plan
to spend a year painting. Possibility that A. will leave the Smiths
immediately for Switzerland,
if he should so prefer.
WJ1aq—letter to "Dearest Aleck," dated
March 1st. "1909" added in pencil. Front side of an
envelope included: addressed: Mr. A.R. James, The King’s Mound, Oxford. England written
across the top center of the envelope. Three cancellation marks; two
legible: an American flag, and CAMBRIDGE,
MAR 1, 3-PM, 1909, MASS. 1 sheet, 3 pages. Clarifies Feb 28 letter
by putting the choice of staying in Oxford or
going to Switzerland
in A’s hands and offering support for either choice. The new plan is for
Aleck to cable "Switzerland"
if he plans to leave, then leave the Smiths, and go to HJ’s
house "to await developments." WJ offers this sequence:
"1. Done with Smiths 2. Ready for Switz?"
WJ1ar—letter to "Dear Aleck," dated
March 7. 09, on 95 Irving St.
letterhead. 2 sheets (?), 8 pages. Pages numbered in pencil both in
the top center of each and then in the upper right of what may be each
sheet. Front of envelope included, with top edge cut. Addressed to
"A. R. James Esq, The King’s Mound, Oxford, England. Two cancellations:
American flag and a stamp: C[ ]E, MAR 7, 10-PM, 1909,
MASS. WJ encourages and supports Aleck’s decision to try painting.
Aleck will leave the Smiths when he is ready and go to HJ’s.
Reinforces earlier letters that the year painting could never be considered
wasted. Sends money and promises that his letter to Smith "won’t
WJ1as—letter to "Dear Aleck," dated March
7. 09, on 95 Irving St.
letterhead. 1 sheet, 1 page. Front of envelope included:
addressed to Mr. A.R. James, The King’s Mound, Oxford, England.
Two cancellations marks: an American flag and a stamp: CAMBRIDGE, MAR 7, 10-PM, MASS. The
letter in WJ1ar was mailed without the check, which WJ writes "will go
tomorrow." Sentence on the contemporary activity of "your ma
and Peggy" (who were preparing dinner in the kitchen).
WJ1at—note to "Dearest Aleck," dated Cambridge March 8. 09, on
a folded card. 1 sheet, 1 page. "Here is the money which I
announced to you yesterday."
WJ1au—letter to "Dear Aleck," dated
March 19. 09, on 95 Irving St.
letterhead. 2 sheets, 4 pages. Front of envelope: A.R. James, Esq, Lamb House, Rye,
]. Right side of envelope cut. Responds to A’s letter of March 10,
in which he evidently complained that others were controlling his fate.
The problem, WJ concludes, is that there has been too much room in the
communications "for imagination to work in—both ways indeed." Ends
to section: "I’m awfully glad you’re coming home!"
WJ1av—2 sheets, 2 pages. Letterhead from Stonehurst, Intervale, N.H.
Appear from WJ’s
inscription to be lecture notes from a series of talks by John La Farge in NY in 1908.
WJ2—newspaper sections contained in an envelope
(approx. 8 & 1/2; x 11 & 1/2;) from Peter A. Juley & Son, New
York. Two lists on the envelope (apparently its
contents). Also, in red, ’91 in the upper right and, next to each item,
either a checkmark or "missing" in red. First list: Dad’s
(1842-1910)—Hair and newspaper of Oct 1. 1842 [NB. The hair and paper
were in the folder when I received it. I returned both to Bay James via
Peter Walker on July 30.] (black checkmark and red
checkmark follow); A.J. (Hair) Also copy of The Nation of Dec 17, 1890 and
Newspaper of Dec 22 1890 (black and red checkmarks follow); Photo of HJ Senior
(Grandfather) (missing noted in red); Also other odd items—. The second
list, in a different hand, follows: lock of Dr. Dan L. Gibben’s
hair (missing-in red); Letter fr. Harry James
referring to A.J. as a baby; very early drawing + water color by AJ (missing-in
red); Alec’s baby hair. Harry writes, "Why should Alec have ‘curls’ + the
rest of us only ‘hair’? [NB I returned this box with the Harry’s note to
Bay James via Peter Walker on July 30. There were three locks in the box,
not one.]; Snapshots of Rye + Chocurua, from Peggy’s
scrap book (missing-in red).
WJ2a—first 8 pages of The Boston Post for Monday
Morning, December 22, 1890. Written above the banner head
"Post" in pencil is "Birthday of 5th Child"
WJ2b—The Nation (vol.
LI, no. 1330), Thursday, December 25, 1890, i-vi, and
491-512. Written above the banner head "The" in pencil is
"Week in which 5th Child was born." (This number also contains
a review of HJ’s The Tragic Muse.)
WJ3—oval black and white photograph, approx. 3
& 1/2; in. x 5 in. centered on a 7 in. x 9 & 1/2; in. paper in a 9 5/8
in. x 17 & 1/4;, tri-fold grey sleeve. The photograph is
remarkable for its depth and the intensity of WJ’s
gaze, which peers slightly down at the viewer. Probably c. 1901.
Outside right flap inscribed: Vachy (?) Bros., Cambridge, Mass.
WJ4—The items in WJ3 were contained in a 7 &
1/2; in. x 5 5/16 in. envelope labeled "W.J. covers" in what may be Mickey
WJ4a—envelope addressed to Monsieur Thomas S.
Perry, 9. Avenue de la Bourdonnais, Paris, France.
Printed return address: William James, 95 Irving St., Cambridge
Station, BOSTON, MASS. Two cancellation marks on the
front: an American flag and a stamp: BOSTON,
APR 2, 10-PM, 1907, MASS. Once cancellation stamp on the back: 9 PARIS, 9*, 12-6, 07, DISTRI[ ].
WJ4b—envelope addressed to Monsieur T. S. Perry,
Givèrny, par Vernon (Eure), France.
No return address. Three cancellation marks on the front: one illegible; SILV[ ], JUN, 24, P.M., 1907, N.H.; BOSTON, JUN 25, 2 PM, MASS. One stamp
on the back: VERNON,
6, 5-7, 07, EURE.
WJ4c—envelope addressed to Mrs. Whitman,
Thomas’s Hotel, Berkeley Square,
London, W. One
10 30 PM, JU 4, 02, 13.
WJ4d—envelope addressed to Monsieur T. S. Perry,
41, Avenue de la Bourdonnais, Paris. France written
at top center. One cancellation: CAMBRIDGE,
MAR [ ], 1-AM, 1909, MASS. "Keep me informed of more titles in
military psychology—I can see a good possible book there" written by WJ on
the back flap. This envelope was contained in 6 7/16 in x 3 5/8 in.
envelope, with "W.J. cover to letter to T. S. Perry—written on the front.
WJ4e—envelope addressed to: Monsieur T. S.
Perry, à Givèrny, par Vernon (Eure), France.
Cancellation stamp on front illegible except for "[ ]INCOLN. Cancellation on back: VERNON, 8, 12-8, 07, EURE.
WJ4f—envelope addressed to: Mrs. Henry Whitman,
Hotel de France et de Choiseul,
Paris. Envelope bears an embossed orange-red stamp of the Charing Cross Hotel on the flap. Cancellation
stamp on the front: LONDON.
W.C., 7.20PM, AP 17, 02, 42. "S9" written in blue pencil on the
front. Stamp on back illegible.
WJ4g—envelope addressed to: Thos. S. Perry Esq, 312
Marlborough Street, Boston,
V. St. v. A. Street address struck out
in pencil. "Hancock N. H." written in. Cancellation stamp
on front, much illegible except: BAD NAUHIEM, [ ], e.
Cancellation on back: HANCOCK,
N.H., JUN, 1 [?], [ ],
WJ5—The items in WJ2
were contained in a 3 5/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. envelope, found in HJ1. The
envelope is labeled "W. James Autographs" in pencil.
WJ5a—card to "Dear Madam, dated Cambridge, Jan 18, 1909,
with "Miss Ayer" written in pencil in the lower left corner in WJ’s hand. This is a form card, which WJ must have
used to decline invitations to speak.
WJ5b, c, d—WJ’s
signatures, which have been removed from checks.
WJ6—The items in WJ6 were contained in a 6 &
1/2; in. x 3 5/8 in. envelope, which is labeled "Post Cards" in red
pencil, circled in blue pencil. Below that label, in blue ink: "from
W.J. to Alec"
WJ6a—postcard to "Dearest Tweedy"
addressed to Mr. Cherubini James, Care of W. M.
Salter, Silver Lake, N. H.; 95 Irving St. Cambridge, Mass; Silver Lake, N.
H. 7 cancellation stamps, 5 front: WAWONA, AUG
24, 1898, CAL; SILVERLAKE, AUG, 31, 1898, N.H., SILVERLAKE, SEP 31, 1898, N.H.;
SEP 2[?], 9 P.M., 1898; RECEIVED, 5. 2 back, over WJ’s
note: BOSTON, SEP 4, 4 AM,
1898, MASS; CAMBRIDGE,
RECEIVED, STATION. WJ’s note outlines his
camping trip in California,
notes on the "tremendous" trees, riding horses, the stars at night.
WJ6b—postcard addressed to Master Tweedy James, 95 Irving Street, Cambridge,
(Mass.), Stati Uniti di
A. 6 postmarks on the front: 2--FIRENDE, 15, 8-01, 7S, FERROVIA; BOSTON,
Mar 27, 8-AM, 1901, MASS.; RECEIVED 3; BOSTON, MAR 27, 10-30A, 1901, MASS.; and
an American flag stamp with CAMBRIDGE STATION in the space on the flag where
the stars would be. Message side of the card is a photo of Perugia and a message, dated "Florence, Mch. 15" tells Aleck that they are now in Florence,
"about 4,000 miles off," gives a few words about Florence, and
hopes "that you work well, play well, eat well, with long chewing, + tell
WJ6c—addressed to: A. R. James, 95 Irving St., Cambridge
(Mass), Stati Uniti di A. Four cancellation stamps: two from Orvieto mostly illegible; an American flag stamp with
CAMBRIDGE STATION in the space on the flag where the stars would be; BOSTON, MAY 15, 6-30A,
1905, MASS. Reverse side offers a photo captioned: 5074 Alterocca-Terni Orvieto—Pozzo di S. Patrizio.
Short note beneath photo on the well pictured.
WJ6d—postcard to "Dear Aleck" dated
March 28. Addressed to: A. R. James Esq, 95 Irving Street, Cambridge,
Mass, Stati Uniti, di America. Italian cancellation stamp illegible. An
American flag stamp with CAMBRIDGE STATION in the space on the flag where the
stars would be; and BOSTON,
APR 12, 7-AM, 1905, MASS. Reverse is a
colored photograph or an illustration captioned "Marina di Mitromania" and "Capri." Short note telling Aleck that WJ had
met in Capri "Mr. Warren + Machado
[?]" Also asserts "You ought to see this bully place."
WJ6e—postcard addressed to "Mrs. Wm James, 95 Irving St., Cambridge,
Mass. One cancellation
stamp: CHOCURUA, OCT, 19, 7AM, 190[ ], N.H. WJ heads his note,
"Sunday Hill-Top noon. Exuberant note on the beauty of the NH fall
countryside: "I am so glad I came up here! I never saw the country
so sentimentally beautiful—entirely incommensurable with anything in England, and
therefore not to be compared. Morbid, frail, transparent, secret, like a
victim of some kind of feminity [sic](--like me! for example!) The trees hold all their
fire, gold, green, + scarlet. The air is smoke-hazed,
there is no wind, no people, no sound." Etc.
WJ6f—postcard addressed to Mr. A. R. James, 95 Irving Street, Cambridge,
Mass, U. S.
of. A. Once Greek cancellation on picture side of card: ATHENA (in Greek
letters), 26 MAPT (in Greek letters), [ ], 05. Two cancellations on
address side: American flag with CAMBRIDGE STATION in what would be the flag’s
star field; also, BOSTON
APR 2[ ], [ ]-AM, 1905, MASS. Black and white photograph of
the Temple of Theseus in Athens. Message dated April 7.
"This is the place to learn Greek history—you can’t help longing to know
more about it. The cleverest people that ever lived, + the highest
WJ6g—sepia tone photograph of a reclining and
regal lion. Embossed stamp in lower right: Gaetano
Feo, Roma, 131 Via Sistina.
No date. Reverse note in pencil is worth giving here in its entirety
because it characterizes so accurately the tenor of WJ father through these
papers: "Sweet Old Tweedy—Guess what I’ve got!—a tame young lion! His
name is Tiberius, and he licks my hand. He was born on the Tiber, and I’m going to bring him home by the Southern
route. I hope he’ll live; they are very delicate. He eats
mush. He cost only $100. Won’t he scare people who come to the
house! This is him. W.J."
WJ7a-f—These items were contained in a 7 &
1/4; in. x 5 & 1/4; in. envelope labeled in blue ink "W.J. (Death
Bed)" probably in Mickey James’s hand. There are 6 photos, which
duplicate those in MJ1a,b. 3 duplicate MJ1a and
WJ8—These items were
contained in a 9 & 1/2; in. x 4 1/8 in. envelope labeled "WJ Cancelled
Checks in Mickey James’s hand. Each of the checks has holes punched,
which may, like a tear, remove letters from a name. The checks are listed
in the order in which they were in the envelope.
WJ8a—check no. 496, dated June 20, 1907, for
$2.55, drawn from the Charles River National Bank, and paid to Hildegarde H[ ]rdenbergh.
WJ8b—check no. 500, dated July 1, 1907, for
$50.00, drawn from the Charles River National Bank, and paid to Joseph H.
WJ8c—check no. 143, dated April 10, 1898, for
$150.00, drawn from the Charles River National Bank, and paid to W.J. for
E.P.G., signed "Wm. James Agent"
WJ8d—check no. 468, dated June 3, 1907, for
$18.75, drawn from the Charles River National Bank, and paid to Watson and Rivinius
WJ8e—check no. 98, dated Feb 9, 1897, for
$150.00, drawn from the Charles River National Bank, and paid to W.J. for
E.P.G, signed "Wm. James Agent."
WJ8f—check no. 471, dated June 3, 1907, for
$150.00, drawn from the Charles River National Bank, and paid to Self.
WJ8g—check no. 497, dated June 28, 1907, for
$100.00, drawn from the Charles River National Bank, and paid to Self.
WJ8h—check no. 383, dated June 28, 1909, for
$81.40, drawn from the Charles River National Bank, and paid to H. O. Houghton
WJ8i—check no. 470, dated June 3, 1907, for
$5.00, drawn from the Charles River National Bank, and paid to Wm. C. [Le]gendre treasr.
(See stamp on reverse)
WJ8j—check no. 134, dated Jan 7, 1898, for
$300.00, drawn from the Charles River National Bank, and paid to Brown Brothers
WJ8k—check no. 139, dated Feb. 19, 1898, for
$23.00, drawn from the Charles River National Bank, and paid to W.J., signed
"Wm James Agent"
WJ8l—check no. 469, dated June 3, 1907, for
$5.00, drawn from the Charles River National Bank, and paid to Florence
Ch[ ]ndler Publisher.
WJ8m—check no. 467, dated June 2, 1907, for
$5.00, drawn from the Charles River National Bank, and paid to Charles Lowell
WJjr1a—card to "Dear William,"
addressed to William James, Otis
Place, from 191 Commonwealth Avenue. 1 card, 2
sides. Note seems to address the 70th birthday fiasco and pledges,
"It will be done as your uncle wishes." Note may be from Henry
L. Higginson. This item was held in HJ1.
Photos 1—items were contained in an 11 &
3/4; in. x 9 in. file folder.
Photos 1a—6 3/8 in. x 4 3/8 in. black and white
photograph labeled in pencil "H.J. + W.J. (circa 1888). Mounted on a piece
of gray board 10 in. x 8 in. The photo is a lovely picture of the two
1b—5 & 1/2; in. x 5 5/8 in. black and white photo of H.J. Marked
"E.O. Hoppé in the lower right. Mounted on
5 13/16 in. x 6 & 1/2; in. brown paper with "MILLAIS HOUSE, SOUTH
KENSINGTON" stamped on the lower left. Photo and paper mounted on 9
& 3/4; in. x 11 5/8 in. brown light board. Reverse stamped: HOPPÉ, 7
CROMWELL PLACE, SOUTH KENSINGTON, No. 1576A,
with the number having been written in pencil. A beautiful and highly
sculptural bust-photograph of HJ.