Letter from Charles Lagrange (1804-1857) to Hugo

Scope and Content

Autograph letter to Hugo expressing the writer's indignation at the imprisonment of Hugo's two sons, the one for denouncing the death penalty, the other for defending the right of asylum.

Marked 'r' (répondu) in Hugo's hand.

Lagrange was a French politician. After a career in the Navy, he became a Republican activist during the July Monarchy. Elected deputy in 1848 and 1849, he had to go into exile in Belgium after Louis Bonaparte's coup, then moved to England and Netherlands, where he died.