London: [no date]. Near Fine.
One page, written on recto of "34, De Vere Gardens. W." letterhead, horizontal fold crease; no envelope. Near fine letter with small spot of soiling to top center. This letter contains a brief note written by the American novelist Henry James, in which he expresses excitement for an upcoming appointment with a certain Phillip. One of the great authors of the turn of the century, James penned such classic works as Washington Square (1880), The Portrait of a Lady (1881), and The Bostonians (1886). The address on the letterhead of this letter, 34, De Vere Gardens. W., was James' primary residence from 1886 to 1896. He wrote a handful of works there, including the critically acclaimed short story "The Altar of the Dead," which he wrote as a response to some of his relatives and closest friends passing away. Transcription: "My dear Phillip, On Wednesday at 1 - with - frantic joy! Yours & your sisters always / Henry James [underlined] / Friday."