HULME was my very great friend, and what I can say about him is entirely personal.
What appealed to me particularly in him was the rigour and sincerity of his thought. He was capable of kicking a theory as well as a man downstairs when the occasion demanded. I always felt him to be my chief bulwark against malicious criticism. He was a man who had no regard for personal fame or notoriety, and he considered that his work lay entirely in the future. His whole life was a preparation for the task of interpretation which he had set himself. He would make reckless sacrifices to possess works of art which he could not really afford; he bought not only my own works, but also those of Gaudier-Brzeska--and this long before Gaudier was well known.
Hulme was a terror to "fumistes" and charlatans of all kinds. His passion for the truth was uncontrolled.
I recall dozens of little personal things characteristic of the man--but particularly our first meeting. I was at work on the Wilde monument. Hulme immediately put his own construction on my work--turned it