As the London correspondent for The New York Times, Frederic had
favourably reviewed Guy Domville; he reported that James “received
‘ruffianly’ treatment, [but] the play was drawing good houses, and
‘intelligent people who go speak highly of it’”. William James sent
Henry this clipping as an enclosure to his letter of 15 January 1895.
Yet at the close of the nineties, Frederic had become an embarrassment
in circles where he had once been welcomed. Joseph Conrad called him
“a gross man who lived grossly and died abominably” . Frederic’s death
in 1898 was fraught with scandal and he left a number of illegitimate
children which Cora and Stephen Crane took in.