As for myself, I know what trouble I've given you at various times through my peculiarities, and as my own boys grow up, I shall learn more and more of the kind of trial you had to overcome in superintending the development of a creature different from yourself, for whom you felt responsible.
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Source Notes: Letter to his father, 14 December 1882, in Letters of a Nation: A Collection of Extraordinary American Letters, ed. Andrew Carroll (1997). Henry James Sr. died before he received his son's farewell letter. It was read at the funeral by Henry James Jr.
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