Letter from Adolphe Souillard de Saint-Valry (1797-1867) to Hugo

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Autograph letter to Hugo congratulating him on his election to the Académie Française, an institution which, the writer adds, badly needed members like Hugo to put new life into it yet not destroy its traditions.

Written at Châteauneuf-en-Thymerais, Eure-et-Loir.

Saint-Valry was a French poet and writer, and childhood friend of Hugo. He co-founded with him and other Romantics La Muse Française in 1823.