Nice letter about his brother the general, and about Bonington. "You think I am sulking, Mr. Peasant. Hasn't Pierret told you about my laziness, which is unbearable for myself and others. Would you believe that since my return from England I have received two letters from my good brother which are full of the most tender friendship, add to this that I myself had the greatest need to express to him the feelings of pleasure I felt when I learned that in spite of his thighs being in a state of compote and his body pulent he had thrown himself into the water in his village [at Le Louroux near Tours] to pull out two dwarfs who were drowning and that in a dreadful place where I would not want to put my foot. Well, I am unworthy enough not to have given any sign of life; so that he may believe me swallowed by the goujons of the Channel or killed in a duel by an English bodyguard. Instead of sulking, I never stop missing you. In our working evenings I desire you by our fire and tea. [...] my evenings are occupied with the work and habits of Leblond Auguste and others which leave me no time at all"... He continued his letter in pencil: "I find it more convenient to write with a pencil, I ended up not being able to use a pen because of my lack of writing. [...] Alas, time and the ups and downs of life have scattered the people whose faces could remind me of my first youth. Time goes by quickly and hardly leaves us a melancholic memory of these first impressions that we never stop cherishing. - I work a little more than when you knew me. I had BONINGTON in my studio for some time. I was very sorry that you were not there, there is a lot to gain in the society of that ludicrous fellow and I assure you that I found myself well off"... General correspondence (t. I, p. 172).