Lot n° 92
600 - 800
JACOB Max (1876-1944)
Signed autograph letter addressed to friends.
Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire, August 16, 1921, 3 pages in-12 in ink on paper.
Amusing letter written shortly after he settled in Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire. "Providence takes care of my spiritual needs, it has placed you near me for others, many times. Dear Mr. Robert, you had so generously weighted me down two months in advance on June 24th that I was not surprised to receive nothing from you on July 24th; here comes August 24th! The Loire has dropped a lot because of the heat. I do not insist on a comparison of which you can guess, dear gentlemen, the other term. ...] My life has no other events than those which I invent in my writings. The pumps of the Church, as Eliacin says to Athalia, are my only distractions and the pleasure, so to speak, of making the village children play in the garden at the Presbytery which is the patronage. Sometimes the parish priest has some guests at the table: they are brave peasants who are not even a microscope field for my monocle because they are so simple and clear. We have here on holiday a young seminarian who is resistant, revolutionary and very learned. I have no other pleasure near him than the mortification of feeling defeated in science, art, history, geography and in omni re scibili. He does good to my humility, teaches me a little theology and reveals to me about the history of France what one learns in books written in Latin and which was not revealed to the baccalaureat holders of my time [...]".
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