Autograph letter signed by Baudelaire to Antoine Arondel. While in Belgium, he exposes his disappointments which prevent him from repaying the debts he has contracted towards him. Since the time of his youth at the hotel
Pimodan, where Arondel sold him dubious works of art, Baudelaire had never stopped paying back the creditor. He hoped to make some money in Belgium by his lectures and editions at Lacroix.
"But I was here completely fooled. I did not know Messrs. the Belgian
. [...] I was thinking of the Lacroix house. But I found this one warned against me by the Hugo coterie; old grudges. As for the public lessons, which were moreover a great success, I was fooled to a degree that I dare not say. I had not made a written treatise. [...] It is for you that I came here, with many illusions. It is a failed campaign."
BIBLIOGRAPHY Baudelaire, Correspondance générale, volume IV, Paris, 1947-1953, p. 296