East Sussex: [no date]. Fine.
Two pages, written on recto and verso of "Lamb House. Rye, Sussex" letterhead, horizontal and vertical fold creases; no envelope. Fine letter. This letter, written by American author Henry James, is likely addressed to his nephew, William James Jr., whom he addresses here as "Bill." In the letter, Henry makes a request regarding an unknown document sent along with the letter and tells William of his plans for the immediate future. William James Jr. was the son of Henry James' brother, the highly influential philosopher and psychologist William James. William James Jr. was a painter who taught at and later became the director of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. One of the highlights of his career was winning the prestigious Carol H. Beck Gold Medal for a portrait of his mother, Alice Howe Gibbens James. From 1896 to 1914, Henry James lived in Lamb House, the address on the letterhead of this letter. Here James penned some of his most enduring works, including The Turn of the Screw (1896), The Wings of a Dove (1902), and The Golden Bowl (1904). Transcription: "Dearest Bill, When you have read the enclosed, which is so vivid & interesting, please send it on to the R's - whom it will gratify. Don't write to them - simply put it in an envelope (I am afraid you will curse this frequent transmission to the R's, but it will stop after this.) I sent you two letters from Norine 2 or 3 days ago. Vale! I go hence tomorrow for 3 days to a friend's marriage at Hereford, but after that shall be here (D. V.) tranquilly till some midsummer week when you will, I trust, turn up. My garden grows in beauty (if I may use so big a word), & I am wondering what, as the warmer days come on, art-study (that is Julian's) smells like! I hope you get good Sundays off, & that 2 or 3 of your mates are pleasant & virtuous. Yours, dear Bill, always, Henry James."