Autograph Letter Signed, addressed to "Dear Lady Pollock" Henry James.

Autograph Letter Signed, addressed to "Dear Lady Pollock".

One page, on grey stationery lettered in red "34, De Vere Gardens, W." Dated "Mch 24th" [no year].

The text of the letter reads:

On Monday 31st at 7:30 with great pleasure. Kind regards to your colleagues, & yours most truly [signed] Henry James

Juliet Creed (1819-1899) in 1844 married William Frederick Pollock (1815-1888), who in 1870 inherited his father's baronetcy; they resided at 59 Montague Square in London. He was a lawyer, an Italian scholar, an author, and (1874-1886) Queen's Remembrancer; she "was a novelist, accomplished watercolourist, and an expert on French drama and contemporary European literature" [R. Jackson]. In addition to penning novels such as HANWORTH and perhaps IDA, she collaborated with her son Walter and with Kate Greenaway on AMATEUR THEATRICALS (1879), and she collaborated with her husband on writings about the famous English actor William Macready, who had died in 1873: William (being an executor) edited Macready's memoirs, while Juliet wrote MACREADY AS I KNEW HIM (1884).

When Henry James arrived in London (from the Continent) at the end of 1876, he was armed with several letters of introduction written for him by the American historian Henry Adams (who had been London correspondent for the New York Times during the 1860s). One of the letters was addressed to George Smalley, an American living (with his wife) in London; George, the London correspondent for the New York Daily Tribune, would help HJ find both a London publisher and a London club. Within two weeks HJ was writing his brother William, "I have also been bidden by Lady Pollock (thro' the Smalleys) to call upon her, she being an *admiress* of my literature (!) -- tho' who she is I haven't an idea."

But this letter does not date back to the 1870s: all we know for sure is that it had to be written no earlier than 1886 (when HJ moved to 34 De Vere Gardens) and no later than 1899 (when Juliet Pollock died). The letter is in fine condition, with James's typical "flourish" signature. Item #14064

Price: $850.00

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