Letter from Adèle and Victor Hugo to Guttinguer

Scope and Content

Friendly answer to Guttinguer, in which Adèle Hugo assures him that she is not angry with him. She explains that she has been very busy, sitting for her friend Boulanger [this is the famous portrait of Adèle Hugo, now at the Maison de Victor Hugo, Paris], whereas Victor Hugo is rehearsing for a new play, in a new theatre [Ruy Blas, at the Théâtre de la Renaissance]. As Victor Hugo is next to her when she writes, she gives the nib to him: Hugo says to his friend that he is a fool for having lost Guttinguer's letter and that he is obsessed by the new theatre, in which all his enemies have already a seat. He pledges Guttinguer that he will find a seat for him, as well as for Mr Tattet.

Written at Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Bought from the Librairie de l'Abbaye on 23 November 1962 for 300 francs. It was previously in the collection of Robert Schuman, who had died in 1963.