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110. Rue du Bac - Paris -
My dear Morris -
Poor Galland you know has gone! - Fine fellow wasn't he! - I was very fond of him - and I believe he had a real affection for me - We always spoke [p. 2] of you - I saw him only a week or two before his death - apparently in excellent health & spirits - His son had just returned from America -
Well well! - What are you all doing over there in London? - It is certainly a great privelege [sic] to get away from you all - and I suppose I have really earned my Paris! - I mean that if I had come away before absolutely completing my long fight of many weary years over there, I should not feel that I had a right to the peace and recognition that awaited me here - But I stood up well to it all didn't I? - and made no disorderly or hurried retreat - but came away with drums beating & flags flying and all as it should be -
It is pleasant to look back upon now that it is all over, and know that I never yielded an inch - never asked for quarter - and never, I think I may honestly say, gave it! - And now I am writing this to tell you the unfeigned pleasure you give me when you say you often think of me - and to show you that, though the Channel is between us, I am warmly attached to the friend & never have forgotten the friendship of olden days - .
Always my dear Morris,
& with kindest regards from us both,
J. McN. Whistler
1. [December 1892?]
Dated from death of Galland in November 1892.
Morris, possibly a friend from JW's student days in Paris.
3. Miss Galway
Miss Galway, a mutual acquaintance of Morris and JW.