From Mme Martin to her brother Isidore CF 6 - March 11, 1864.


From Mme Martin to her brother

March 11, 1864

If we hadn’t received your letter yesterday, you would’ve received one from me the following morning, because I was at the point of writing to you to find out if you were dead or alive. We were beginning to believe you had thrown yourself into the Seine!

You asked me to write you a long letter. Unfortunately, I have to send out an order of lace tonight, and it’s difficult for me to do as you asked.

The little girls are well enough. Pauline is the brightest and most robust. She amuses my father very much with her curious remarks, but she doesn’t speak of her uncle anymore; she’s forgotten him!

Marie is not doing well. She’s not been in class for six weeks (at the School of the Providence) and she’s taken an intense dislike to school. This is unfortunate because she was learning very easily, but I fear making her completely sick by forcing her in this way.

Little Léonie is over nine months old, and she can barely hold herself up on her legs as Marie was doing at three months old. This poor child is so weak. She has a kind of chronic whooping cough, fortunately not as strong as the attack Pauline had, as she wouldn’t be able to survive it, and God only gives us what we can endure.

Would you like to make me happy? When you go to Madame D’s house, go into Notre-Dame des Victoires and light a candle for me; this would be a help to me. Don’t be ashamed of this. Besides, nobody knows you in this church. Above all, don’t go so long without writing; that makes us anxious.


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