From Isidore Guérin to Louis Martin - September 10 ,1877.

From M. Guérin to M. Martin.

September 10, 1877

Lisieux, September 10, 1877

Dear Louis,

Taking my stand on your word, I set out in search of a house capable of lodging seven. We searched as much as possible in our own vicinity and in a healthful section for a house with a garden or, at least, a little flower bed for the children. This was a recom­mendation made to me by my poor sister.'

Of the twenty-five houses for rent, having as much space as yours, we weren't able to find one which didn't have a redhibitory defect.

Finally, we discovered one such as I'd desire to have if I were re­tired from business:

A beautiful gate facing the public thoroughfare.

You then enter a little, landscape garden. Shrubs on each side. A delightful house topped by a belvedere.

On the ground floor, four rooms, one of which is a beautiful dining room paneled in oak. Behind this room, a cellar divided into a wine cellar and a storeroom for fruit.

Above the ground floor, a first floor level with a large garden situated behind the house; three magnificent bedrooms and a smaller one; two dressing rooms.

Above: a belvedere with a fireplace and three attics well- lighted and papered. The whole in perfect condition, newly painted and papered.

At the side of the house, a beautiful well, a water pump. At the rear of the house, a spacious garden, at least as large as M. Vital's; a beautiful cistern; a carriage gateway for bringing in provisions (wood, cider), opening onto another road; a shed; a laundry; a greenhouse; a very comfortable shelter for poultry and rabbits; an enclosure with a shelter and bath for ducks, etc., etc. All is surrounded by walls and overlooks part of the town; it is set behind the "jardin de l'Etoile."

Distance from the church, seven hundred paces, and from my house, seven hundred and sixty-four, which is almost equivalent to the distance from your house to that of M. Tifenne.

But there is a difficulty and a big one, it's the access: from the entrance of the "jardin de l'Etoile," which is on the boulevard, there are one hundred paces to reach the house, on a narrow and steep road but clean, well-lighted, for a lamppost is right in front of the door.

From the house, you are not seen from any direction, and you see no road but simply a delightful panorama of the town.

I prayed to my poor sister to guide me, and I was so happy with my find that I wasn't able to sleep all night. In such a pretty prop­erty, you will forget the Pavilion and all Alençon's attractions; however, I'm told that the trout and the eels have begun to take flight at the news of your arrival.

The proprietor of the house promised me not to enter into any contract with anyone else until the end of next week. That is why you and Marie would do well to return there with me in order to know what you should do.

This in short is all I have to tell you; I'll give you viva voce more ample details.

Adieu, dear Louis. We embrace you with all our heart, as well as your children.

Your devoted brother,

I. Guérin


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