2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo (ca. 207 x 134 mm). Dated February 1, 1861. On ivory paper. In French (with translation).
As the executor of an unnamed woman's will, Thomas has asked his correspondent to receive a gift from the deceased on Madame Victor Hugo's behalf.
"Having been named Executor of her will by Madame Mennechet, I think I should inform you that Madame Victor Hugo is among the persons to whom she has bequeathed a gift. Our dear departed friend has expressed the wish that her will should be read in front of a gathering of all these persons and that the objects she has left them should be given at the same time. In the absence of Madame Hugo, Mr. Mennechet thought that you might wish to represent her... "
Slightly worn; creased at folds; slight showthrough to blank upper margin of first page, not affecting text; remnants of former mount to blank final page.
"In the context of French opera of the late 19th century Thomas was a figure of considerable importance, an imaginative innovator and a master of musical characterization... Having considerably enhanced his reputation with the adjacent successes of Mignon and Hamlet in 1871 Thomas succeeded Auber as director of the Paris Conservatoire." Richard Langham Smith in Grove Music Online.
"Madame Victor Hugo" was most likely Adèle Foucher (1803-1868), wife of the renowned French writer Victor Hugo. Item #27050
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