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Lettre autographe paraphée : « Je vous prie de m'écrire je suis inquiet de votre santé. »
1783. "Of what I have more and more sacred ever, I will not believe in the lessons of the followers of a god who think themselves allowed to outrage the creature to honor the creator. ""... if men refuse me their justice, there will always be ways for me to do it. She also has eyes - [...], it only takes money to find rogues ... "Autographed letter from the Marquis de Sade addressed to his wife. Four pages on a double sheet, written in a fine and close handwriting.Several underlining of Sade's hand.Address of Madame de Sade in Paris on half the fourth page.Small wetting at the foot of the sheet, not disturbing the reading.An important letter in which the two main themes of Sadian philosophy are exposed: radical anti-clericalism and fantasized violence.Without a date, this letter was written, in September 1783, during the incarceration of Sade at Vincennes, according to Jean-Jacques Pauvert ( Sade living ).Madame de Sade, whose Parisian address appears on the fourth page, is then at the Sainte-Aure convent where she enjoys a relative tranquility suffering from many evils which her husband inquires ( "I beg you, Write I am worried about your health " ). But very soon Sade drifts towards his own pains; "If you took any interest in me, I would say that from four o'clock until midnight these unhappy eyes continue to make me suffer horribly . " Eye suffering is a recurring theme in Sade's biography, as Maurice Levert points out: "Both in Vincennes and in the Bastille, Sade will be followed by the most famous oculists of the time, the Grandjean brothers, whose eldest Henri is Surgeon-oculist of the king, and Demours Son. ( Living Sade , p.337). In spite of the numerous ointments and advice (especially that of practicing knitting!), The Marquis fears more than anything to become blind; It will almost completely lose the use of one eye between January and July 1783.This letter also informs us about the conditions of life of the Marquis and in particular about the authorizations granted to him, in particular that of correspondence with his family. Sade complains of a "rascal who thinks he is greater than Alexander , and deeper than Licurgue (sic)" , which, as can easily be guessed, is none other than the commissioner Le Noir who authorizes the Marquis , Outings, visits and correspondence activities. Again, the sadistic irony that appears here: "Trying to annihilate the interest that a husband takes in his wife is one of the most sublime political that ever existed, there is a spirit of self- An angel, a marvelous conduct, as in great things we recognize great men "We see in this letter the amorous ritual of correspondence which necessarily passes through the reproach of indifference ( "... I beg you if it is in your strength not to write to me, send to the officers of the house a little Word [...] this semi proof of your existence [...] reassure me at least a little " ) mixed with domestic concerns: " you have a pretext, I have provided you expressly for two months, Have a big package packed to get you through. "This is a book (which ...?). Indeed, Sade's other activity, despite his poor view, is to write or rework his works, which he later transmits to his wife, Abbé Amblet or La Jeunesse pour correction. It is precisely this literary exchange: "This packet contains 6 pieces of stomach ... They envelop my last work which I also very much heart to make you pass and for La Jeunesse to put it in the net and to be able That I can not do as long as the old work is still in my hands and I would like to work, I have a plan that is running me in the brain and that it is absolutely necessary to accomplish . We must repair the lost time, I am awakened every day at five in the morning "But it is the diatribes against religion that make all the salt of this letter imprinted with the libertarian spirit of the Marquis. It thus evokes the proselytizing attempts of the prison administration:"It is like that of the chapel whose heads are being slaughtered every day, and in writing, and for not having added faith to the formidable mysteries of the religion of Christ, it will be split every day for six months with a chapel And you will see how it will make him believe that god and bread are the same thing. This is how the anti-papists were converted in the Cevennes. As there is not yet 80 years each must remember how successful it is. The fact of invoking the Camisards here is not insignificant for the Marquis, and we find in the list of works which he demanded from his wife in 1781, the work of Antoine Court, Histoire des troubles des Cévennes, Or the War of the Camisards during the reign of Louis the Great (1760). He will also use an episode of this war for his Juliet (1800), recounting the flogging of the young Cévennes who refused to convert to Catholicism.Even more virulent, the following passage echoes his famous pamphlet, Dialogue between a Priest and a Moribund , written secretly here the year before:"Oh no no, not on what I have more and more sacred ever, I will not believe in the lessons of the followers of a god who think themselves allowed to outrage the creature to honor the creator. Build your unholy chapels; Adore your detestable pagan idols. But as long as you infringe for all this the most sacred laws of nature, remember that you will force me only to hate and despise you. "According to Pauvert, this tirade will undoubtedly contribute to the detention of the Marquis in spite of the visit on December 7, 1783, of Minister Breteuil, who favored the abolition of letters of cachet: "Under a king who grants reforms but does not joke Not when it comes to morality, religion and public order '(Maurice de La Fuye), the minister of his house can not afford to treat too brutally under these legs these three pillars of the society. ". There is no doubt that this true demonstration of the strength of the anti-clerical philosophy, the future spearhead of the revolutionaries, is for the moment still audacious.If the Dialogue inspires this libertarian surge, the last part of the letter announces the advent of a still more radical Sade - the one hundred and twenty days of Sodom - through the fantasized violence of the tortures of which he threatens his mother-in-law:"But patience, if men refuse me their justice, there will always be ways for me to do it. She also has eyes - and I will also have powder , it only takes money to find rogues, she proves it to me and I will use it. "Provenance: archives of the family. s.l. (Vincennes) s.d. (septembre 1783) 11,4x18,1cm 4 pages sur un feuillet remplié
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