Lot n° 674
700 - 800
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FARET Nicolas (1600-1646) historien, poete, et administrateur; membre fondateur de l'Academie francaise dont il redigea les statuts.
L.A.S. "Faret", Toulon 26th June 1639, to François de BOISROBERT, abbot of Châtillon, "pres Monseigneur le Cardinal en Court"; 3 pages large in-fol., address with red wax stamps on green silk lakes (small cracks in the folds, a slightly effrangé edge).
Rare and long letter on the navy and galleys in the port of Toulon. [Faret praises Armand de Maillé, Marquis de BRÉZÉ (1619-1646), son of the Marshal de Brézé, nephew of Cardinal de Richelieu, grand master of navigation and grand master of the galleys]. A furious mistral having incited the bailiff of FORBIN to delay the launching of the galleys, Faret took advantage of his stay in Toulon to often return his duties to the Marquis de Brézé, "nephew of our Maistre [...] Jay noticed in him a great docility, and a great desire to take on, that you fear isre in those of his age infallible marks of succeeding in the austere things they undermine. He is well at ease and desires that Mr. Le Bailly de Fourbin de Fourbin should make him hear the reasons for the principal orders which are given, and when Mr. Le Bailly has too much business, I wish to discuss it with the Capnes and other officers who best know his business. I also want to practise towards all those who have come to greet him a gentleness and courtesy which, together with the pleasant presence that you fear he has, and with his other qualities, he has as many hearts, as there are people who approach him "... The
young man asks for clarifications and listens to the answers without interrupting - which is "very rare for young people who have some liveliness of mind combined with a great fortune" -, and he is resistant to fatigue. Faret recounts a recent outing by "Ponent si gaillard" that even the most tried were pale and suffering from the head, "and the chiourmes mesmes avoient des failances of heart more than of arms": "Jarrivay on the capitane in this kind of consternation, to give back to Monsgr the Marquis letters from Monsgr t
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