French Letter

I came across this French Letter in Theodore Roosevelt. It is 5 pages starting at the below, handwritten and is legible but I started to do it and found it a little beyond my French comprehension. Whoever would like to review it, it would be appreciated.


  • Hello.

    I will save a link and look at it in case the review has not been finished.

    Thank you

  • Dear Ms. Brunsdon:

    Nice to meet you here. (I suspect that I may have seen a username for you at "FromThe Page" -- where I am "LIFrancophone" (I'm not French myself, and I started to learn French in my home region of New York known as "Long Island") . )

    I have not worked on anything at "CROWD"/"By The People" in a while, and while I think I finished reviewing 1 page of the letter that Henry (Rosenberg) mentioned, I have by no means completed the review.  (So if you could complete review, Ms. Brunsdon (or "Myriam", if you prefer), look at what I have done with the 2nd page, and feel free to complete the review.)

    It is a pretty densely-packed text, and a bit difficult for me to decipher (on the other hand, the subject matter is interesting as a glimpse of one man's thinking about the condition of the world a few years before World War I (I think he was (judging by the outbreak and awful impact of World War I and of the later World War II, among other evidence) too optimistic about the stability of world peace, but I have the advantage of having been born long after the letter was written) ; the name of the signer is one of the more-difficult parts for me to decipher (and to learn the identity of with the help of Google) -- I [i]think[/i] that he [i]may[/i] have been an inhabitant of the "Walloon" (French-dominant) province of Luxembourg in Belgium in the late 19th century whose name has been given in a few published sources which I have found via Google Books -- possibly a "curé"/parish priest of that name (and I have found a published document referring to the effects of the German Invasion on the Provinces of Namur and Luxembourg in World War I referring to a Madame "Cyrille Pierret-Claude"); I believe that the signature in the letter (which I recall appears twice) is "Pierret-Cyrill".

    Hi to Henry (Rosenberg), Diane (Estes), to any Library of Congress staffer of staffers who will read this post, and Best Wishes to all others (including Ms. Brunsdon/Myriam) who will read this post.

    Ethan Kent/"EthanFromBellmore" (Bellmore is my hometown on Long Island) -- in New York City. [Smile.]

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