William James - Letter to Isabella Stewart Gardner from Cambridge, Massachusetts, 14 December 1890

William James (New York, 1842 - 1910, Tamworth, New Hampshire)

Letter to Isabella Stewart Gardner from 95 Irving St., Cambridge, Massachusetts, 14 December 1890

Ink on paper , 17.5 x 35.9 cm (6 7/8 x 14 1/8 in.)

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(New York, 1842 - 1910, Tamworth, New Hampshire)

Object details

Accession number

ARC.002160

Primary Creator

William James (New York, 1842 - 1910, Tamworth, New Hampshire)

Full title

Letter to Isabella Stewart Gardner from 95 Irving St., Cambridge, Massachusetts

Creation Date

14 December 1890

Object Case

Crawford / Chapman Case

Language

English

Dimensions

17.5 x 35.9 cm (6 7/8 x 14 1/8 in.)

Display Media

Ink on paper

Web Commentary

Philosopher and psychologist William James devoted significant attention to the study of human consciousness. He was also active in the American Society for Psychical Research. This Boston-based group had roots in the Spiritualist movement and sought means of communication with the dead. In this letter, he solicits Isabella Stewart Gardner’s financial support for the Society with a sense of humor, asking that she might make a donation “if ‘the spirit moves’ you.”

Permanent Gallery Location

Blue Room


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Commentary

Philosopher and psychologist William James devoted significant attention to the study of human consciousness. He was also active in the American Society for Psychical Research. This Boston-based group had roots in the Spiritualist movement and sought means of communication with the dead. In this letter, he solicits Isabella Stewart Gardner’s financial support for the Society with a sense of humor, asking that she might make a donation “if ‘the spirit moves’ you.”