My dear John -
I have received your
short curt and [blunt?] scarcely gracious note - Certainly I shall return your picture - with thanks for it's loan, as I have been thus enabled to show to the Art world in Paris what otherwise was lost in your rooms - I remember you as something of a Philosopher as well as friend - To that philosopher I think I may note say a point out one or two matters for his reflection, without the [relating?] of which I would seem to be from the Bourgeois point of view more or less ungrateful or churlish - Now I have had enough of this sort of parochial summing up - I will therefore state clearly my sense of the situation - [...]
[p. 2] [butterfly signature]
For after all this is history that we are writing, and in this case history concerns me, and you are out of it, as I should be were the question a medical one, and you the scientist to be judged from my outside prejudice
The rest of the page is torn away at this point.
5. butterfly signature
This looks as if it might be a design for an etching frame, in white with black lines.
6. For after all
Paragraph written diagonally across page.