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itself, never having had enough time to do what I had to do. I thought of
all of this as I was reading you.
Congratulations on this book,
Ever yours,
H. Bergson
10 September 1939
Dear friend,
I am deeply touched by your letter, which I have just received. So you
have been called to fight for France: that I could do the same! All my life,
I have wondered how I could give back to the country some of what I
owe it, for I owe everything to France. I had the privilege to serve abroad
during the last war; today, old and ill, I can only encourage the efforts of
others. How sad!
When you come back for good and, before then, when you have a few
days of freedom, come chat with me. I will tell you with what interest I’ve
read your study, as original as it is incisive, of Ravel’s music.7 A long time
ago, I was one of the first, if not the first, to foretell you a bright philo-
sophical future. I was not wrong.
I am, dear friend,
very affectionately yours,
Paris, Wednesday, 26 December 1923
53 rue de Rennes
My dear friend,
As promised, I’m writing before New Year’s to give you Bréhier’s ad-
dress. So: Emile Bréhier,1 Professor in the Faculty of Letters, lives at 40 rue
de l’Yvette, in the XVIth district; an eminently philosophical district, as you
can see, which already counts [Léon] Brunschvicg and Bergson among
its children (so to speak).
Speaking of Bergson: last Sunday, I finally saw the great man at his
home; we chatted for a good hour and a half. His is a charming simplicity,
and I beg you to believe that one feels much more at ease with him—
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