- Feb 1, 2013
To the Vicomte de Bessin
CHER BESSIN -- I hope that this letter finds you well and seek your forgiveness for having delayed in writing to you following the chaos which culminated in the overthrow of the monarchy and the installment of a republic in France. Having received your telegram respecting your daughter, my sister-in-law, and her children in the event of untoward circumstances, I reiterate my unalterable pledge to do the utmost in ensuring their safety and comfort.
Much has changed. Lécuyer dead, Lévis absconded to London, Lievremont exiled to distant Algeria, the King too evicted from the throne. Yet, with fears of further civil strife allayed and a semblance of order once more taking hold in Paris, I should hope soon to quit the city in favour of the countryside, which may furnish an opportunity for quiet relaxation. It is matters of commerce which yet detain me in the capital; an unsteady Bourse verging at any moment to tumble.
Circumstances unfolding as they have, I encourage you not to regret the manner in which the events of recent recollection have transpired. Had I the ability of clairvoyance, I should wish to proclaim in earnest that the worst is over, but I cannot pretend to know the future nor presume any ability to make an impression upon its course. I therefore can repeat only the words conveyed by way of my previous telegram: Trust in God. Deus spes nostra est semper.
And know as well that you may rely upon our enduring friendship, which through the years has provided me with unalloyed joy and great solace when confronted with the vagaries to which life’s narrative is prone. Je vous prie d’agréer, Monsieur, l’expression de ma haute considération.