First published in 1856 in. AUTOGRAPH SIGNATURE of Victor Hugo "R" indicating his response. Paris, Nov 25, 1857 Sir, Due to an absence, the letter you had the honor of writing to me was not sent to me, to my great regret, from Nantes to here until recently. Your response to my request somewhat embarrasses me.I bear the costs of my musical publications myself. These sacrifices, always very expensive for a young artist, have so far not benefited me in any way, and although I have a great love and respect for my art, I am still very little known.
How then can I determine this amount you speak of, to be deducted from the uncertain profit of a publisher who, apart from my personality, does not exist? You wrote to me that this sum, however small it may be, will be well received in your relief fund. These words encourage me to ask if twenty francs will be sufficient in this circumstance. Please address your observations on this subject to me. Certainly, such a miserable sum cannot be compared to the extreme pleasure I would have in publishing the music inspired by your fresh poetry; but since you may also grant others the opportunity to publish music on the same subject, let me believe that you will have the indulgence to accept my proposition.In that case, please let me know to whom I should give this modest offering. I await your response, dear and illustrious master, and beg you to believe in the admiration and sincere sympathy of your humble servant.
Edouard Garnier 8 rue héronnière Nantes (Loire inférieure). Music critic and columnist for. Harmony professor at the Conservatory of Nantes, Edouard Garnier had previously composed melodies on the works of Alfred de Musset, Gustave Nadaud, Hégésippe Moreau, and Théophile Gautier, gathered under the title of. A letter from Hugo to Edouard Garnier (Hauteville, October 25, 1857) is cited in V. (Bibliothèque Municipale de Nantes, 1985).
(born February 26, 1802, in Besançon and died May 22, 1885, in Paris).