[Mlle Souvestre] to Mrs Strachey

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No conventional beginning but envelope addressed to 'Mrs Strachey, Hotel Washington' which dates it as some little time after the previous letter just after the capitulation of Paris. Envelope unstamped, therefore delivered by hand. Watermark on paper 1870. No date. They are now about to separate. Of all the thoughts and ideas exchanged between them during the last five months there will only be memories which will gradually fade. Her friend led such a full life of affections and interests, that one from a comparatively obscure person would not leave much trace. But 'one thing you must know before we part for a long time, perhaps for ever, is that I love you'. This arises less from all the benefits she has received from her friend or from the sympathy extended to her suffering country which was their first link 'que pour m'avoir un beau type de l'humantie... Je vous aime de ne vivre qu'aux plus nobles and aux plus grands cotes de notre nature et d'en ignorer les petitesses et les vanites' It was because she found so much to admire in her friend that she so easily gave her her heart. Signed Votre Marie.