The Letter Reads...
Paris Sept 10, 1854
I am replying to your inquiry concerning Mr. Friant. Maybe there are several painters by this name. If you are talking about Mr. Friant, student of my colleague Cabanel, who had this year a painting at the Exhibition titled The Favorite Corner and at the Trafalgar Exhibition had several paintings that were favored by the public, I have only good praise to give about his works. He is a gifted man of good promise, whose paintings deserved to be placed among the best painters of the modern school.