H'ry to Wm, May 24, 1903. Age: 60

H'ry, attempting to explain his reasons for wanting to write The American Scene:

"My native land, which time, absence and change have, in a funny sort of way, made almost as romantic to me as 'Europe', in my dreams or in my earlier time here, used to be -- the actual bristling (as fearfully bristling as you like) U.S.A. have the merit and the precious property that they meet and fit into my ("creative") preoccupations..."

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