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Paris, June 8, 1866. Vieille Montagne's office in the Rue Richer. M. We have had an odd lawsuit brought by M. de · wrapped my inkstand in the first object he Méry, a well-known writer, for the recovery of laid hands on; he likewise took a collection of very an inkstand which was triply valuable: It was i valuable jewels belonging to Henri Didier, and the made of gold and silver; it was a masterpiece of latter's promissory note for $1,000, and he carried Froment-Meurice; it was given him by “La Presse. everything to M. G This is the truth, neither As he tells all the circumstances of the case in a more nor less. I have found a way of being astuter letter addressed to his lawyer, I cannot do better than everybody; it is by telling the truth always. than lay it before you :
Losses by gambling, which have been numerous in “I am detained at Paris by inexorable duties. I my life, have always had one good thing about have promised to give lectures at the Salle Valen- them for me: they have made me, who was born a tino for the Literary Men's Society's Funds. In lazy fellow, an energetic worker. I would never winter poor brethren must be aided. They do me have written one-quarter of my works but for the honor to think me useful for the work. I bow gambling; so, my readers are the only ubhappy and obey. And M. Perrin, the manager of the people. I set to work to write two povels for · La opera, has asked me to write a book' for the illus- Presse,' an immense play in five acts and in verse, trious author of Trovatore,' who has been good Le Chariot d'Enfant for the Odeon, and a comedy enough to accept me as a co-laborer. He is daily in three acts and in verse—' Le Vrai Club des expected in Paris, You see these are serious ob- Femmes'—for the French Comedy, without including stacles which will prevent my going to Marseilles to a daily feuilleton, which M. de Girardin asked me attend to my lawsuit. In my long literary life I to write on my return to Paris. When my prohave a thousand times had the opportunity of missory note fell due in April, when nobody paid, bringing important lawsuits which I must unques- not even the princes of finance, I paid my protionably have won. I have invariably refused to missory note for $105, to the astonishment of the move in the matter. One single time a co-laborer cashier of La Vieille Montagne. The truth was, I and friend dragged me into a contest before the was very anxious to recover possession of my inkCommittee of Dramatic Authors, whose President stand. I sent my paid promissory vote to a memwas M. Melesville. Before this committee I madem ber of my family at Marseilles, and requested him it was a thing unprecedented—an argument in favor to take possession of my inkstand. What was my of my adversary, and I made him win his claim stupefaction when I was told my inkstand, without against me. My friend was for a long time angry my knowledge and according to M. G 's decla with me for my defection, and the amount involved ration, guaranteed a debt due him by M, de was no trifle ; it was a large sum of money-copy- the agent of La Vieille Montagne! Then began a right on a play which had run one hundred times. series of travels, visits, letters, protocols, meetings, M. Meles ville addressed me the most flattering and consultations which were to last seventeen compliments, and ordered this unprecedented event years. Had I employed the time I have lost by to be recorded in the proceedings of the society, these various incidents in writing, I should here and placed in its archives, Rue St. Alarc 30. This earned four times M. de — 's debt. But I would inscription is to be found on the inkstand which never agree to pay what I do not owe, and eren the managers of 'La Presse offered me in 1844: now, could I get my inkstand by paying one single "The Managers of La Presse to M. Méry, in token cent for it, I would refuse to give it, because it of his talents and character.' One values such a would be admitting an unjust claim. Shrinking as certificate. It is a small domestic monument. It I always have done from a lawsuit, I began to bunt should be recovered at once if any fatal circumstance for M. de —, the only man who could be of wrests it from one's hands. We were in January service to me in this matter. M. de had dis1848. I had the misfortune to lose at the Com- appeared. A deceived hope always succeeded to a mercial Club, Marseilles, a large sum of money. I new hope of finding him. M. Deforges, likewise paid everything in cash except $400, which was a one of the higher functionaries of the War Office, debt of honor payable the next day. The 24th exhausted his kind feelings towards me in hunting February was nigh at hand. Money was scarce. for this eternally absent gentleman. All were in 'Twas already scared. A young and brilliant offi- vain. M. Camoin de Vence tried to arrange matters
-, had long been at Marseilles. His amicably. M. G- persisted in his refusal. His wounds had procured the Cross of the Legion of brother spoke of a great many things which hai Honor for him, but they had likewise compelled nothing in the world to do with the question. M. him to retire from the army. He represented at Camoin de Vence ended the interview by shaking Marseilles the famous zinc-mining company known my hand and saying: 'You must find M. de as La Vieille Montagne, which has a great deal of I again set to work to discover him. I have always business to do with M. G At the same epoch been puzzled to solve a mystery which was as great of time there was likewise at Marseilles a young as M. de - -'s whereabouts. I said to myself: M. man, one of my friends, Henri Didier, who is now G - is worth $500,000 or $600,000. He has in his a deputy and the possessor of a large fortune. He hands an object valueless to him. Were he to likewise required money. M. de said to us: melt it, he would get only $40 from it. Would be * I already owe a great deal of money to M. G sell it, he would find uo purchaser, because my and I dare not ask him to lend me any more ; but name is engraved on it. I have sworn upon my I can propose to him to lend money to you, if you honor, had I Cresus's fortune, I would not give one will give him good security.' M. de saw M. cent to recover possession of my pawn. M. de G- at once, for there was no time to lose. The has probably died of his wounds in some foreign latter asked pawns and bills payable at short time. land. So what is the mystery which keeps this Neither M. Didier nor I saw M. G-during the inkstand, which he can turn to no use, in the negotiations. I saw M. G for the first and last hands of the wealthy lender! At last, at the end time in the office of M. Camoin de Vence, the crown of seventeen years, Providence intervened, nearly adrocate, some five or six years ago. I carried the on the very eve of the trial of the cause. A letter inkstand given me by 'La Presse' in a hack to M. fell from the sky to me, signed by M. de Totte de _'s lodgings. The pawnbroker had offered to et lege, my dear defender. I have just seen poor lend me $10 on it. I wrote a promissory note for M. de Quantum mutatus! He is the father of a
cer, M. de
AUGUST 1, 1866.
large family. He lives in a chamber of an un- ! nounces the publication of a great work by the furnished lodging-house. He is bedridden, and Emperor Maximilian, “My Life.” This is a sort of ill with his wounds and misfortunes. He has re- literary fraud. The work is simply a cheap reprint cently been exposed to twenty-seven degrees below of the journals of the voyages made at different zero on the furthest banks of the Danube. He is times by the then Archduke Maximilian. They an old man, though only forty. M. G- may are written in German, and form 9 vols. 8vo. ; they therefore indulge in little hope of recovering his were printed at the Imperial Library of Vienna, and debt from this gentleman. He may obtain all in. i never published. He gave them to members of his formation on this subject, Boulevard
I family and some of his most intimate friends. The persist in my oath. M. G- may, therefore, keep Leipzig publisher has managed to get hold of a copy my inkstand in his possession forever if, which is of these volumes. They are published with the a thing impossible, I should lose my suit. There author's name, and it is said against the Emperor's is a third mystery which I submit to your sagacity, wishes. . . The municipal authorities of Vienne my dear lawyer. M. G- had in his possession a (Isère County) have determined to present a silver great many valuable jewels which were the pledge vase to M. Ponsard, who lives in the neighborhood to secure Henri Didier's debt of $1,000. Why did of that town. The vase has just been made by one M. G- restore to M. Didier the jewels which had of our most skilful silversmiths. The bowl of the no name, and keep my inkstand which bears my vase is supported by a sort of santique tripod, and name and has no intrivsic value? There is no be- is surrounded by figures which represent“ Lucrèce,” cause' to this 'why.' Both of our transactions " Agnes de Meranie," “ Ulysse," and other works of were conducted on the same day, at the same hour, M. Ponsard. ... A few days ago a vintner's wife and through the agency of M. de Whatever appeared as a witness at the bar of one of our this epistolary argument may lack you will find in courts, and npon being asked her name declared your heart; it will be the victorious supplement. herself Mme. Durand, by birth Alexandrine de BruTake care to secure good luck in his native city to lard de Genlis. In reply to a question put by the the writer who, alone of all Marseillais' Parisians, court, she said she was a descendant of Mme. de has for forty years always spoken in a filial manner Genlis. The Duchess d'Abrantes' daughter is a of Marseilles.
Yours, etc. Mery." mantua-maker. M. Thiers' sister keeps a board. I add to this letter M. Méry gained his suit. The
It is stated the French Government contemplate court ordered the inkstand to be returned to him
The within fifteen days under pain of $1200 damages.
sending a scientific expedition to Armenia. Here is a letter addressed by M. Victor Hugo to mand of the expedition, and it is said he will accept
venerable M. Dulaurier has been offered the comM. Lacaussade, who recently published a critical article in the “Revue Française” on M. Hugo con- it despite his great age, delicate health, and weak sidered as a poet :
eyes, and, I may add, despite the fact that this dis“Sis: I knew and I highly appreciated the poet tant and perilous voyage cost Schultz and Hommaire in you. You reveal the critic to me. Que is worthy de Hell their lives. The expedition will be absent of the other. One feels in what you write you Persian Armenia, will repair to Jerusalem to study
a year, and after exploring Russian, Turkish, and have practised the great art. I have just read your the numerous interesting MSS. contained in St. admirable and profound essay on my poetical works. I disagree with you on more than one point; but i James' Convent. • . : New regulations have been am charmed, touched, and at times stirred to ra- adopted at the Imperial Library to check the extenvishment by the many lofty qualities of philosopher carried on there. A man died recently in one of
sive system of thieving and laceration of volumes and artist 'displayed by you in these few pages. the outskirts of Paris, and nineteen books belongYou have two great qualities without which no mind is complete. I mean contemporary sentiment ing to the library were found in his possession. and eternal taste. You understand the nineteenth During last December fifty volumes are known to century, and you understand the ideal. Hence your have been stolen from the library, and how many power as a critic, your penetration as an artist. more cannot be discovered yet. Volumes four times People nowadays talk a great deal of taste, and stolen have been four times purchased and placed those who talk of it most are those who have least in the library, and after all have been stolen again. of it. They are engrossed by a local and ephemeral It may be interesting to note the number of volumes taste, the French taste of the seventeenth century. given out to the public in the reading-room of the They cannot appreciate what I have just called library. Fewer books are given out on Saturdays eternal taste. Therefore the name of Boileau
than any other days; for instance, Saturday, 26th they emasculate Horace, and in the name of Racive May, 562 books were given out; Friday, 25th, 673; they deny Æschylus. To bring back literature Monday, 21st, 662. These are the new regulations: from this false taste to the true taste which goes write his name and address; on this ticket the libra
Each visitor receives a ticket on which he must from Aristophanes to Shakspeare, and from Dante to Molière, is the office of a mind like yours. Who rian writes the title of all the works given to him,
and he effaces them as the works are returned; the says office, says mission; who says mission, says duty. Continue your great work to advance the librarian writes the title, number, and size of the ideal. I thank you for myself, and applaud you for volumes delivered; but before the visitor can get a all.
single volume, he must write on another ticket (one
for each work wanted) the name of the author, the There has been a most interesting debate in the title, place, and date of publication, and size of the French Legislative Chamber on copyright. I had work, and the name and address of the visitor. intended to give an analysis of it to-day. This When the latter receives the works, the librarian letter has already grown to such length, I am com- copies the second on the first ticket. When the pelled to postpone it.
visit has completed his investigations he carries Lord Brougham is in Paris. He is superintend- the volumes back to the librarian, who stamps the ing the translation of his work on the British Con- first ticket “returned.” On leaving the room the stitution.'.;. A Brussels tobacconist now manu- first ticket is surrendered to the janitor. This sysfactures à cigar which he calls Alex. Dumas Père; tem is entirely too complicated. M. de Lafor two cents the French author may be reduced to martine has begun to write lis Memoirs ; they will smoke and ashes. .... A Leipzig publisher an- form twelve volumes, and be published three at a
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time; he will be his own publisher. . . . M. Victor | printed in a neat form, on card paper, and in plain Hugo's publishers, MM. Lacroix & Verboeckhoven, type ; and are arranged in such a manner, that any retire from trade the 1st July with filled pockets; it one may, at a glance, discover the particular itein is said they have cleared, from the more recent works upon which he wishes to be informed. of M. Victor Hugo alone, no less than $360,000. M. Callaghax & CUTLER, publishers, Chicago, Ill., Poupart Davyl, the printer, has purchased their announce as in press and nearly ready, a " Treatise good-will, and contracts with authors. He is already on the Mechanics' Lien Law in the United States," in negotiation with M. Victor Hugo for a novel in by Louis Houck, Counsellor at Law. ten vols., just completed, and entitled Ninety
“ The Great Exodus, or Annals of the Freedmen," Three.” M. Hugo asks $100,000 for it. Do you remember the laugh excellent Mr. G. P. Put is the title of a work by Rev. Thomas W. Conway,
late Assistant Commissioner of the Freedmen's Bu. nam raised when, among various particulars of his experience as a publisher, he told how a young fel- Gould & Lincoln. 'Mr. Conway was connected with
reau in Louisiana, to be published in Boston by low wished $1000 for a poem in a few stanzas? MM. the army from the outbreak of the war to its close, Firmin Didot & Co. complain this week of young and in this work has essayed to give a coru plete authors' wild hopes. They frequently receive stories which are worth at most $10, and for which the which related exclusively to the emancipation of
history of that feature of the government policy authors ask $4000 by return mail.
the slaves. He quotes the opinions of other ComNOTES ON BOOKS AND BOOKSELLERS. missioners of the Freedmen's Bureau, and of all the Hurd & Houghton have secured the plates of military commanders who interested themselves in the various belles-lettres writings of Hon. John P. the advancement of emancipation. Kennedy, and have just issued a new edition of
The first number of a new Anthropological Jourthem in six volumes, uniform and in good style. nal, in quarto, edited by A. Ecker and L. LindenMr. Kennedy is one of the standard American schmidt, has appeared at Brunswick, Germany, writers, and his books have been some time out of under the title of " Archiv für Anthropologie: Zeitprint. The set includes Mr. Kennedy's very spirited schrift für Naturgeschichte und Urgeschichte der and popular Revolutionary novel “ Horseshoe Ro- Menschen.” binson;" his well-known “Life of William Wirt ;" Tue introductory chapters of Henry Kingsley's " Rob of the Bowl ;” “Swallow Barn ;” and “An- new novel, “Silcote of Silcotes," appear in the nals of Quodlibet.”
number of “Every Saturday” for July 28th. The Pease & Prentice, 82 State Street, Albany, N. Y., readers of “Geoffry Hamlyn” and “Ravenshot" have issued “The Early Jesuit Missions in North will receive this announcement with pleasure. America, compiled and translated from the letters A SERIAL novel by Hon. Mrs. Norton, “Old Sir of the French Jesuits, with Notes. Illustrated with Douglas," begun some time ago in “ Macmillan's the map of North America prepared by them. By Magazine,” and copied in several American periodithe Right Rev. Wm. Ingraham Kip, D. D., Bishop of cals, has been broken off and is to remain a frag. California, Honorary Member N. Y. Historical ment. No cause is assigned for the interruption. Society.” In the notice prefixed to the volume, the MR. Winter Joxes has succeeded Mr. Panizzi as publishers say: " This work was first published in principal librarian of the British Museum. Mr. 1845. It was the first time this chapter of history Jones has for several years filled the post of keeper had been placed before the public in this country, of the printed book department of the British Naand it met with a hearty reception. Having been tional Library, a position in which he will probably out of print for many years, the publishers think be succeeded by the present assistant keeper, Mr. they are performing an acceptable service to the Watts. public in issuing this new edition.” The volume is a small quarto, and exhibits in a marked degree London publishers, have entered into an agreement
Irish IN AMERICA.—Messrs. Longman & Co., the those mechanical excellences for which the press with Mr. John Francis Maguire, author of " Rome of Mr. Munsell, of Albany, is so justly distinguished. and its Rulers,” “ Life of Father Mathew," &c., to An index accompanies the volume.
produce a work upon the Irish in America, which Clarke & Co., of Chicago, have announced that he proposes to write. Mr. Maguire is member of the “ History of Abraham Lincoln and the Over- Parliament for Cork, has thrice been mayor of that throw of Slavery,” by the Hon. Isaac N. Arnold, city, and is principal proprietor and editor of the which the author has been a long time engaged " Cork Examiner," the principal journal there, issued upon, will be ready early in fall. It will be an oc-tri-weekly, on the ultra-liberal side. tavo of about six hundred pages.
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The work is anonymous. We have received from the publishers, T. B. Peterson & Brothers, 306 Chestnut Street, a copy DOCTORATE OF LITERATURE.-This is the name of a of the “Stamp Duties imposed by Act of Congress, new academical degree created by the University July 13th, 1866,” and which are to take effect Au- of London, and appears more appropriate, when congust 1st, 1866. These “stamp duties,” which ferred upon a man of letters, than that of Doctor of atfect almost every man in the community, are Laws.