Autograph letter to Hugo from a Hungarian Academician who admires Hugo's achievements and recalls gratefully Hugo's kind welcome when, recommended by Nodier, he had called on him in December 1838.
Written at Pest, now Budapest.
Marked 'r' (répondu) in Hugo's hand.
Szalay was a Hungarian politician and historian. He served in the Ministry of Justice during the Revolution of 1848, but had to flee to Switzerland after the Russian intervention. There, he wrote the celebrated - and first - History of Hungary. He came back to his homeland in 1855 and was elected deputy in 1861. He also became General Secretary of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1861 until his death in 1864.