FORTUNE — Earlier today I posed six questions about the Dell (DELL) situation. Among them was the current state of relations between Michael Dell and his former M&A chief Dave Johnson, who in January joined The Blackstone Group (BX).
Some folks say that the two remain tight, and that Johnson may be the only private equity investor alive who could convince Michael Dell to switch “sides.” Others insist that his parting was acrimonious, and that Johnson’s involvement will only serve to strengthen Michael Dell’s resolve to buy his company alongside Silver Lake Partners. And there also are stories that fall somewhere in between.
Now Fortune has obtained a confidential December memo sent by Michael Dell to company employees about Johnson’s departure. It is effusive in its praise and suggests that “our friendship and collaboration will continue.”
To be sure, these sorts of letters are almost positive — even if the writer would rather cut off his own thumb rather than work another day with the subject. But this is the most recent document we have in which either Dell or Johnson discuss each other, so I figured it was worth sharing (although it should be read with a skeptical eye).
The full memo is below:
A Dell spokesman confirmed the memo’s authenticity.
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