It comes strangely over me in bidding you good-bye how a life is but a day and expresses mainly but a single note. It is so much like the act of bidding an ordinary goodnight. Good night, my sacred old Father! If I don't see you again--Farewell! a blessed farewell!
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Source Notes: Letter to his father Henry James Sr., 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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