Founded in the 17th century, Colbert chose Rochefort, due to its strategic position, for the establishment of an arsenal of remarkable dimensions for the construction of its fleet. Threatened several times, especially within the Marine and War commissions and the general staff, the Arsenal de Rochefort appeared as a remnant of another time. However, Loti's protests and those of the voters, relayed in Parliament, managed to maintain the Arsenal, which was finally closed in 1927. Pierre Loti, in his journal, attributed himself the merit of having saved the Arsenal from closure. I received a few more kind endorsements.
I think we can postpone to a later date by explaining to all those who have accepted and those who have not responded, why this change. We must be careful not to offend them, especially those who have responded in very kind terms. I believe, in any case, that we should not postpone until a date too close to the Chambers' return.
It goes without saying, since they will be very few, the expense of a large ship becomes unnecessary. I see the pros and cons in this maneuver, full of dangers. Personally, this setback might suit me better; but this consideration is of no importance. I believe I did very good work on Monday, with Mr. I don't have time to tell you more tonight; but the situation doesn't seem desperate to me; And Baudin has ceased to please [.] Tomorrow, with a clearer mind, I will tell you the important conclusions of my conversation with the President. Good condition - sent by registered mail.