From Mme Martin to her brother Isidore CF 5 - January 17, 1864.

From Mme Martin to her brother

January 17, 1864

It seems you weren’t happy with my letter of the first of the year. What did you want me to say? If I had complimented you, you would have made fun of me. If I had preached to you, you would have laughed at it. So I wrote what was going through my mind at the moment. But that doesn’t stop me from loving you, and I’d give all I have rather than abandon you, even though you might forget me and do the most foolish things.

As you had planned, come soon if you can. We’ll have a good time together. We’ll argue a little, as we always do, but that will be a diversion. It’s a little way to pass the time! ...

I would say much more, but Louis is waiting for my letter to add it to my father’s (Isidore Guérin, Sr., born July 6, 1789, was a soldier during the Napoleonic Wars. In December 1866 he moved back to the house at 36, rue Saint-Blaise (later the number of the house was changed to 42 and is currently number 50) the house he had bought on February 9, 1843, and into which he and his family moved on September 10, 1844), and he’s ready to go so I must finish.


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