Letter from Victor Schoelcher (1804-1893) to Hugo

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Autograph letter to Hugo in which Schoelcher asks Hugo to contribute to a fund for American negroes.

Marked 'r, m'inscrire pour 50fr' (répondu, I subscribe for 50 francs) in Hugo's hand.

Schoelcher was a French politician, famous for having passed the bill abolishing slavery in 1848. He was elected deputy in 1848 and 1849, but had to go into exile to the UK, where he became a great friend of Hugo. He was elected deputy in 1871 and senator for life in 1875.

Bought from Charavay on 19 November 1964 for 220 francs.