Lot n° 691
1200 - 1500
[FEMINISM]. Eugénie NIBOYET (1796-1883),... - Lot 691 - Conan Belleville Hôtel d'Ainay
[FEMINISM]. Eugénie NIBOYET (1796-1883), woman of letters, philanthropist and activist for women's rights, central figure of feminism in the 19th century.
6 autographed letters signed to Frédéric-Gaëtan, marquis de La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt (1779-1863), president of the Société de la Morale Chrétienne, co-founder of the French Society for the Abolition of Slavery. 15 pp. in-8 and in-12, one on the letterhead of the Société de la Morale Chrétienne. Paris, 1842 and n.d. Some addresses on the back.
Very beautiful correspondence to the president of the Société de la Morale Chrétienne, of which she is secretary. She evokes the recruitment of new members, the convocation of "dissidents", an article for the Revue Philanthropique on prisons, lists the "members of the commission called to judge my work", is enthusiastic about an international journal. "There is a newspaper with the title: The International, it is nothing, absolutely nothing. But how great and beautiful would be the work that would unite the literature of nations to make everything converge towards a single point, universal and permanent peace! Such a publication would not only have the support of governments, but the support of all that wants good. Literature, sciences, arts, industry, morals, everything would be taken to task because many writers would have to be put on trial. We would have to prove that the progress of science, like the greatest development of industry, is based on the union of peoples, on the harmony of nations. Through religion one would prove the usefulness, the sanctity of peace and one would have made a great step in the way of good  ". A letter is dedicated to his marital and material difficulties. "A few years ago Mr. de Salvandy granted me a pension of 800 francs which I never received and which was finally reduced to 500 last year. This figure, in spite of my thriftiness, with the environment in which I find myself, is not sufficient, much is needed, for my needs, in spite of my nights of work. Mad. Émilie Mallet, who helped me obtain this pension, has promised to act to increase it, and I would like to do so all the more because an imprudent relative has frightened my family so much that I am now receiving four letters urging me to return to Lyon. This is not my intention at all, but by refusing, I am closing off all support on this side, and what I would never have told you, necessity makes me confide it to you. I am richly married, Mr. Niboyet only goes out by car, I can't always give myself an omnibus. He was supposed to pay part of our child's pension, I bear the whole burden; he was supposed to pay me the income from my dowry, I never received a cent from him, that is the truth ", etc.
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