With these circumstances in mind, and in light of its endearing tone, this letter to sixteen-year-old Marthe offers insight into Manet’s generous character:
September 10, 1880
Dear Little Miss Marthe,
As for me, it is the handwritten letters of the people I like best that I collect, so you can well imagine that I have the proper place for your letter. Upon my return to Paris I will send you what you request. I only have two letters here that are worth keeping in my album. I will send them to you without their envelopes.
We will remain at Bellevue until the end of October. The stay has done me so much good that I am sorry to return to town. Please remember me to your mother, I had the misfortune of missing her by a quarter of an hour last week at L’Art du Mode, which I attended to hear the news of the kind editor.
With affectionate memories from us all to you all and the assurance of my devotion dear Miss Marthe,
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