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Autograph letter signed



Autograph letter signed, 1 1/3 pages (both sides) - additionally addressed on the reverse of an adjoining sheet in Voltaire`s hand, 7 x 9 inch, Colmar*, no date (but circa 1753-1754), in French, to Francois-Louis Defresney (director of the post in Strasbourg) - Voltaire`s state of health and lost luggage, written and signed in black ink "V", with scattered small stains, mild creases, and seal-related paper loss to the integral address leaf - in nearly fine condition. "Mon cher et aimable enfant, on dit que j`aurais bientot le plaisir de vous voir a colmar. vous y consolerez comme a strasbourg un pauvre malade, et si l`amitie guerit vous ferez mon medecin. le chevalier de Glinglin et moy sommes les malades les plus desesperez de la province. Je vous remercie tendrement des soins que vous voulez bien prendre de mon paques egare. il venais de leipzik. j`ignore qui a aporte la malle chez moy. il etais sans doute charge du petit ballot de leipzik. Il etais sans doute charge du petit ballot de leipzik. Je me flatte quil n`echapera pas a vos recherches... jattends une grande malle de paris qu`on a pris la liberte de vous adresser par les rouliers. Toutes mes consolations me viennent par vous. milles tendres respects a madame votre mere et a vos amis." Translation: "My dear and lovely child, some people tell me that I will have the pleasure to meet you in Colmar. You will comfort, just like in Strasbourg, a poor ill man and if friendship can heal, you will be my doctor. The Knight of Klinglin and I are the most desperate ill men in the whole province. I am very thankful to you for your kind attention towards my lost luggage. It was coming from Leipzig. I do not know who brought the case at my house. He was probably also in charge of my luggage from Leipzig. I am sure that this will be under your control... I am also expecting a trunk from Paris that has been sent to you by carters. All my consolations come from you. Thousands of tender respects to your mother and to your friends." *Voltaire lived in Colmar from October 1753 to November 1754, where he focused on compiling a lengthy synthesis of German history entitled Annals of the Empire.

Additional Information

SKU 6019312
Profession French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher
Year of birth 1694
year of death 1778
Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm) 7 x 9
Condition fine
Type of Autograph letters
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