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Autograph letter signed to Henri de Freycinet regarding his fight to complete publication of the Uranie voyage account
Paris: 26 July, 1839. Two-page letter with address panel on the last page, folded to letter size 215 x 148 mm., postmarks for Paris and Rochefort, old folds, slight tear at the original seal; archive stamp; very good. Louis on printing the narrative of the Uranie voyage. Louis de Freycinet completes his account of the Uranie voyage to Australia and the Pacific: this interesting letter from Louis to his brother Henri includes an exasperated discussion of the finishing touches Louis was making to his account, an incredible nineteen years after he had returned. As a result, this letter provides real evidence of the hurdles faced by Louis as he struggled to complete the magnificent work.Freycinet writes here that he has had some quite violent confrontations with his publisher, but that nothing will stop him now from completing the final parts, which he finished writing in December 1838. He is particularly anxious to have the work completed before he leaves for Souillac (in the Dordogne), as he wants to present the special copies destined for the King and the Ministre de la Marine. He has even spent half of the previous day, and will spend all of today at the printers, as this is the quickest method of seeing the work through: unless the devil takes him, it will be finished soon, and even now the errata and contents pages are being printed. As the date of 1839 confirms, this conversation does not relate to some minor appendix to the account, but is in fact related to the finishing touches he was making to the Historique narrative of the voyage, which was only completed that year. Much of the delay was due to Louis' obsessive desire for completeness and the most up-to-date information (as is well known, he spent much of the 1830s in detailed correspondence with friends in New South Wales about the latest developments there). The complete voyage account would not be finally completed until 1844, with the publication of some of the scientific supplements, two years after his death.The letter also includes several revealing comments about Louis and Henri's affairs, which show the depth of affection that existed between the two men. Louis offers Henri some advice on the examination of élèves for the Navy, thanks Henri warmly for sending the draft for 6,000 francs, while the second page of the letter also details any number of notes on their family: their niece Blanche is grateful to Clémentine for the "agréable souvenir", he is delighted with the success of his nephew Charles, and, as ever, sends his warmest affection to Clémentine herself.
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