From Mme Martin to Mme Guérin CF 82 - September 9, 1872.

From Mme Martin to Mme Guérin

September 29, 1872

We’re finally at the end of the summer vacation. It’s time that Marie sent you the letter she promised you. The children were supposed to return to school October 2, but I received word from my sister that it was delayed until the 9th because of repairs that aren’t finished at the boarding school. As you can well imagine, this didn’t make them cry.

You asked me if we went on some nice outings during the holidays? We went to the Butte de Chaumont (mountain approximately 15 kilometers northwest of Alençon), where I was quite bored. To tell you the truth, I only enjoy myself when I’m seated at my window assembling my Alençon lace.

We didn’t go to Madame L’s house. She was supposed to come look for us, but thank God she forgot her promise, and I assure you I was very happy about that. I had no desire to go waste my time at her home. I had other things to do for the time being.

I’m asking my brother not to forget the two kilos of good quality candy that I need for the baptism of “the little Thérèse” (note that Thérèse is going to “succeed” the little Marie-Mélanie-Thérèse who died almost two years before at the age of seven weeks). Let him send me, at the same time, 50 pounds of chocolate and tapioca in small quantities. He can put it in a basket, and I’ll return it to him with a goose inside when it’s time.


I’m already thinking about the end of the year because of the child who’s coming as my New Year’s gift. How will I raise her? I have nightmares about it every night. Oh well, I have to hope that I’ll come through it better than I think and that I’ll never know the pain of losing him [sic].


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