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[Chicago Fire]: [Dutor Family]
[AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM A FRENCH ARCHITECT IN CHICAGO TO HIS PARENTS BACK IN FRANCE, RELATING IN VIVID DETAIL THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE OF 1871 AND ITS IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH]
[Chicago, 1871. [4]pp. In French, with a typed English translation. Original mailing folds, moderate toning. Very good. A vivid eyewitness account of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, written just days after the cataclysm by a French architect living in the city. The letter is unsigned, but was found in France along with other papers belonging to the Dutor family, and is likely from a Dutor family member. The letter mentions that one result of the fire was that "the architects all have work, me like the others." The author of the letter describes in astonishing detail the early moments of the Great Chicago Fire, actions taken during the fire, and the immediate results as seen on the streets of Chicago. A lengthy excerpt from the English translation is as follows: "Dear Parents, you have probably read a lot of details of the Chicago fire in the newspapers; when I manage to find a small correct map and views, I will send them to you so that you can realize the scope of this event. All I could tell you today is that a space of more than 500 hectares which on Sunday evening at 10pm was covered with houses was no more than a steaming desert the next day at the same time. In one night the work of twenty years had been annihilated. All the richest part of the city is now only a heap of ruins and it is at most if we meet here and there a wall to remind you that sumptuous buildings covered this desolate space. It would be difficult to describe this terrible fire. The whole thing has passed like a dream, like a nightmare, a night of alarm and anxiety, of fright and despair, of … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company [United States]
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