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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,
H. BERGSON
LETTER TO LOUIS BEAUDUC
ON FIRST MEETING BERGSON (1923)
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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