Sir, on September 29, a betting paper, soon reproduced by the six hundred newspapers of the capital and the departments, contained these words: m. De lamartine is so sick that he can no longer write to me or even dictate.
Fortunately, this news was false: the providence that I feel so rigorous in the evening of my life, at least keeps me healthy and working, armed with the struggle with bad fortune. Do I need to tell you that this malicious aggression immediately suspended all subscriptions to my complete works, the only means of libration for me, the only resource of those to whom I owe my work. What is opposed to that?
First, proof that my forty volumes are ready for printing and that no indisposition could jeopardize their delivery. We can make sure of it every day at my place. Second, to deny these false allegations by giving the public, in a single year, the forty volumes that the prospectus promised only in four years and thus hasten the enjoyment of the public by always leaving to the old and new subscribers the ability to pay only in four years.
To achieve this goal, a small loan is required in order to immediately provide printers with the means of accelerated manufacturing. Every subscriber during the course of literature and every subscriber to my complete works will send me, if this thought agrees with him, by Feb.
According to his families and his compulsion, either the sum of 20 francs, or the sum of 40 francs, by addressing me the mandate here included. I also have no doubt that the public, reassured by this certainty, will continue, as before the disastrous blow to my work, by this false news to subscribe to a collection receive in advance, sir, my sincere and eternal recognition..this item is in the category "collections\letters, old papers\autographs\historical persons". The seller is "camillmeri0" and is located in this country: en. This item can be shipped to the following country: whole world.