From Mme Martin to Mr. Martin CF 46 - May-June ? 1869


From Mme Martin to Mr. Martin

May-June ? 1869

My dear Louis,

This morning I received your letter, which I was waiting for with great eagerness. How surprised I was to see that, against all hope, you were able to do some business (M. Martin was at times in Paris dealing with some orders of Alençon lace). It is Our Lady of Victories who protected you.

I saw little Céline on Sunday (born on April 28). She’s very strong and robust – if you saw how she kicks her legs; she’s gained a pound and a half in the last month.

You don’t need to worry about the children. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll ever have any more. I had always hoped, though, to have a little boy, but if God doesn’t want it, I resign myself to His will.

Everyone probably knows that you’re not here because I don’t see anyone. I haven’t caught sight of any thieves yet. I watch over the shop, and I don’t dare go upstairs. Friday evening I stayed up until one o’clock in the morning.

When you receive this letter, I’ll be busy organizing your workbench for you. Don’t get upset, I won’t lose a thing, not even an old square, not the end of a spring, in short, nothing. Then it will be tidy from top to bottom! You won’t say, “I only moved the dust” because there won’t be any left.

I told the little girls that you were in Paris and had passed through Lisieux and will return Thursday morning, but that you wouldn’t be able to see them in Le Mans, even though you really wanted to go.

I kiss you with all my heart. I’m so happy today at the thought of seeing you again that I can’t work.

Your wife who loves you more than her life.


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