Aden hotel of the universe, 18 November 1885. Autograph envelope stamped and postmarked. Precious and rich letter of the poet preparing his departure for choa and anticipating outlandish profits that he could draw from.
My dear friends, I have received your latest dated 22 October. I've already announced that I was leaving daden for the kingdom of Choa. My affairs are delayed unexpectedly dune here, I think I could still go daden qua the end of this month. So I'm afraid you mayez already written to Tadjoura. So I changed davis about this: email me only following the address: sir arthur rhyme, universe hotel in Aden.
From there you will follow me in any case, and it will be better, because I believe that the postal service dobok to Tadjoura is not well organized. I am happy to leave this horrible daden hole where i worked so hard. It is also true that I am doing a terrible road: from here to choa (this is to say Tadjoura to choa) there are fifty days walking horse by burning deserts.
But abyssinie the climate is delicious, it is neither hot nor cold, the population is Christian and hospitable, it leads an easy life, this is a nice resting place for those who are morons few years on the glowing shores of Red Sea. Now that the case is now, I can not back down. I do not hide from myself the danger I nignore not the fatigues of these expeditions, but the harar I already know the ways and walls of these countries.
Finally i hope that this case will succeed. I pretty much realized that my trailer may rise Tadjoura about January 15, 86, and jarriverai about March 15 to choa: then this is the Easter party at the Abyssinian. If the King pays me away, I redescendrai immediately to the coast, with about 25 thousand.So I return to France to make purchases of goods myself, if I see that these business types are good. So you may well receive my visit in late summer 1886. I wish hard it runs like this, wish me well. Now must you looking for me something I can not do without, and I can never find here. Director of the library of Oriental Languages in Paris.
Headmaster of the library of Oriental Languages. Sir, I beg you dexpédier against payment to the address below on language dictionary Amharic (with pronunciation in Latin characters) m. Please accept, Sir, my eager greetings. Rimbaud rocks, township dattigny, Ardennes. Pay me what that may cost about twenty francs more or less, I can not do without louvrage to learn the language of the country where I go, and where no one knows a European language, for there is scarcely deuropéens there until now.
Mail me louvrage said following the address: sir arthur rhyme, the universe of hotel Aden. Buy me this as soon as possible because I need oReview language before being started, daden we will ship it to me Tadjoura where jaurai always to stay a month or two to find camels, guides, etc, etc. I do not account to put myself inside out for before 15 January 1886. Do what is necessary for this case military service, I would be in order for when I return next lan. I will write you again several times before being started, as I lexplique.
So goodbye, and all yours. Send me what I ask, I beg you. This signaled it possible and very profitable to import weapons choa, guaranteeing a quick fortune in a few months. Labatut, honest and loyal man, long established in Choa, enjoyed lentière confidence of King Menelik. In fact, and without hesitation, rhyme engaged tone in his having lopération and sen was wearing on October 14, his resignation to his employer alfred Bardey.
In a letter of October 22, he informs his mother and sister, \Enthused by Menelik certain project and to make a fortune, rhyme did not yet know that he opens the pages here two years of suffering, rage and chess. Indeed, delays in mishap, the company Rimbaud is complicated by the day and is seen more hampered by a government decree banning the import of weapons, and the labatut sudden death in October 1886. In France, far from the Abyssinian of rhyme wanderings, illuminations and a season in hell appeared in the May-June and September 1886 issues of the magazine symbolist vogue. After crossing, arid tribes Dankalis land in a relentless heat, the convoy choa crosses the border without being attacked by the robbers. Rimbaud arrives on February 6, 1887.Lexultation is short: Menelik is absent, party fight for Lemir Abdullaï semparer dharar. Followed by his army column Menelik triumphantly arrives March 5, 1887. It didnt really need weapons and ammunition, because it brings in large quantities. However, it agrees to negotiate the stock at a lower price than expected. Moreover, it does not deprive dexploiter disappeared labatut whom he had ordered, to cut the price the sum of some supposed debt.
The triumph and fortune considered in October 1885 gave way to a cruel statement of failure. August 23, 1887, he wrote to his family: \I havent luck I find tormented me these days with a fever in the kidneys that makes me die, jen have another in the left thigh that paralyzes me, joint pain in the left knee jai hair completely gray, I imagine that my existence in jeopardy.
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