Beautiful letter about his new publisher, his desire to write, and his benefactors at the hospital. The letter was sent during Verlaine's short and only stay at Cochin from June 19 to July 22, 1890. Driven by illness and poverty, he made several stays in various Parisian hospitals, particularly at Broussais during the last ten years of his life.During this period, various benefactors mobilized to provide him with better asylums and less precarious living conditions. It is likely that the recipient of this letter was one of his supporters. It specifically mentions his publisher Savine, Raymond Maygrier for whom Verlaine composed a poem published in Le Chat Noir in December 1890 and in the augmented edition of Dédicaces (Maygrier had lived at the Hôtel de Lisbonne at the same time as Verlaine in 1889), and Gabriel Echaupre. Verlaine dedicates a sonnet to him in Dédicaces, paying tribute to this republican journalist who wrote for the newspaper Tradition.
He entered the hospital "the very next day after I had the honor and pleasure of seeing you, that is to say, Thursday of the following week. I am in Woillez ward, bed no. Beaumetz's service; for how long? That will depend a little on my health and a lot, a lot on Savine, my new publisher who owes me over 300 francs.
If he keeps his commitments, I am saved (because I am in a working vein), and this through my own efforts - which is better than all the protectors and subscriptions in the world! He asks for the address of Mmes Soulé and Trébuchon: "These ladies have been so kind to me, truly, that I owe them apologies for a thousand unintentional inaccuracies and that I am ready for all the honorable fines in the world. When you see one or the other, convey to them my best regards and my promise of a visit in order to be forgiven. Colombier: "I have no doubt that thanks to him and by asking him first, you will be able to enter the hospital triumphantly, on a day other than Thursday or Sunday - crowded days when one cannot have a serious conversation - and stay as long as you want, without worrying about the time to enter or leave - and I await your kind visit.My best sympathies to Mr. Agresel, not forgetting Echaupre and Maygrier." In the margin, on the first page, Verlaine writes: "Excuse the pencil! In the hospital, as in the hospital!
" Verlaine entered into a relationship with Savine on the recommendation of Bloy and Huysmans, with a first contract signed in 1888, convinced that he would receive higher royalties than with Vanier. However, they fell out and their plans failed. Vanier compensated Savine and persuaded him to give up his rights.