MASSENET Jules (1842-1912). L.A.S. "Jules",... - Lot 1145 - Ader

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MASSENET Jules (1842-1912). L.A.S. "Jules",... - Lot 1145 - Ader
MASSENET Jules (1842-1912).
L.A.S. "Jules", Paris October 2, 1870, at SA FEMME, in Houlgate (Calvados); 2 pages in-8 on fine paper filled with a small tight writing, address with mention "(by mounted balloon)", stamp and postmarks
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Beautiful and long letter from the beginning of the siege of Paris, sent to his wife by mounted balloon (balloon Godefroy Cavaignac or Jean-Bart n°1

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He describes their apartment, where everything is packed, like the morning of the departure of his dear Ninon. "The antechamber is the arsenal !... There are a thousand war machines piled up there. Rifles, revolvers, cartridges, bayonets... all very bellicose equipment !! "... In the living room, its camp supplies: blankets, rubber, pots and pans... It is said that "the balloons that sometimes leave Paris are loaded with letters... [...] the singular existence !!...". - When will it end? When will it end? - Here are already several fights around Paris surrounded, without much result. - The cannon can hardly be heard, such is the vastness of this city... We learn that we fought at such and such a place... if we go to the indicated side we see the return of the lame troops... the cars of the wounded... & everywhere there is a very anxious agitation. - In our still quiet districts (above all that we thought) the material life is the same "... The evening before with friends was cheerful : " O the Frenchman !... Happy character - laughing all the same in the midst of this disaster, the end of which he cannot foresee & the consequences of which he cannot foresee. - We are rationed for meat - but we have some - the bread is excellent... We even have fresh vegetables !!... Paris is a city of resources - you wouldn't suspect the situation ! ! - The phisionomy of the boulevards is still pretty much the same. - The dearness of a few ingredients warns of what's happening & makes the Parisian who seems to me to be becoming from hour to hour an excellent
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