2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. [Paris, 184??] In black ink. On letterhead with "Le Moniteur de la Mode Journal du grande Monde... Paris le 184[blank]" printed at head. With integral address panel with the name of the recipient, "Monsieur Marquis Le Comte de [?]" in black ink to verso of second leaf. In French (with translation).
Murger urgently needs money to pay his hotel bill. He must ask his correspondent for more money as a certain Mr. Guillermond has forgotten to lend him 25 francs. Murger then lists his expenses and asks his correspondent to verify them.
"Mr. Guillermond forgot me... That's why I must write you another note. I am extremely embarrassed... I will sleep outside my house this evening, and if you are able to give me some money tomorrow I will go back to my hotel."
Slightly worn; creased at folds and overall; small seal tear, not affecting text; some smudging to verso of first leaf.
French poet and novelist Henry Murger (1822-1861) was the author of the popular Scènes de la vie de bohème, which became the source of Puccini's opera La Bohème. He "preferred 'une vie de bohème', that is, a life of poverty in an attic on the left bank of the Seine, among witty friends with artistic leanings and pretty girls with loose morals but hearts of gold. The counterpart to the fun was the prospect of dying, from consumption and alcoholism, in the public hospital." Christopher Smith in Grove Music Online. Item #23180
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