Letter from Alfred Sirven (1838-1900) to Hugo

Scope and Content

Autograph letter to Hugo thanking him for his praise of a work by Sirven who also refers to a criticism by Hugo of an article in La Petite Presse. He explains that censorship inhibits journalists in the expression of their opinions, assures Hugo that he still shares his views and informs him, pointedly, that he is in fact a descendant of the Sirven family who were known victims of religious persecution in the 18th century.

Written on the headed paper of La Petite Presse.

Marked 'r' (répondu) in Hugo's hand.

Sirven was a French journalist who was sued several times for Republicanism under the Second Empire. He was sub-prefect of Dreux in 1870 and a prolific writer.