1/04/2012

Wm to H'ry, Dec. 20, 1882. Age: 40

"All is over! as I learn by the Standard this P.M.  Poor Father!  It saddens me more, much more than I expected."

Wm learned of his father's death from the newspaper.  He's in London now, though H'ry has already returned to the United States, and the family encouraged Wm to stay in England.  He was told his father was "decidedly recovering."  He wasn't.

Henry James, Sr.
Frank Duveneck, 1881
(A few letters later, H'ry wrote "I write this
in the parlour, late in the evening...Duveneck's picture,
which is opposite to me, grows unexpectedly in value."

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