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21 April) Conrad sails from Glasgow on the Tuscania, bound for New York, arriving there on I May and leaving on 2 June on the liner Majestic. On his return he learns that his son Borys had been secretly married on 2 September 1922. (3 December) Publication of The Rover. (January) Conrad sits for a portrait by Walter Tittle (now in the National Portrait Gallery; see Plate 5a). Conrad's grandson Philip is born. (May) Conrad is offered, and declines, a knighthood. ) (3 August) Conrad dies of a heart attack and (7 August) after a funeral service at St Thomas' Roman Catholic Church, Canterbury, is buried in Canterbury cemetery.
Norman Sherry (1976). GALSWORTHY, John (1867-1933), English novelist and dramatist. With his friend and fellow-Harrovian Edward Sanderson (see below), Galsworthy was a passenger on the Torrens when it set sail from Adelaide in March 1893 with Conrad as chief officer. In a letter written during the voyage to Cape Town, Galsworthy described Conrad as 'a capital chap, though queer to look at; he ... has a fund of yarns on which I draw freely'. They later became close friends and corresponded frequently.
Another late novel, The Rover, also draws on his recollections of the south of France. The Conrads spent their prolonged honeymoon in Brittany in 1896 (details in 'A Conrad Chronology'), and the short story 'The Idiots' written at that time uses a local setting. In later years they spent holidays in France, including two visits to Montpellier in 190&-7. To return to his youthful residence there: once he had been extricated from his financial and other troubles by his uncle Tadeusz, Conrad resolved to leave France, and the problem arose where he was to go next.