[Ernest MOUCHEZ (1821-1892) admiral and astronomer.]... - Lot 293 - Ader

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[Ernest MOUCHEZ (1821-1892) admiral and astronomer.]... - Lot 293 - Ader
[Ernest MOUCHEZ (1821-1892) admiral and astronomer.] Carlota MOUCHEZ née Finat (1843-1931) wife of the admiral. 9 L.A.S., 1892, to her daughters Marguerite and Marie; 30 pages in-8 (mourning). The last trip of Ernest Mouchez. In February and March 1892, Ernest Mouchez made a final trip to Algeria and Italy, accompanied by his wife and their two last daughters, Berthe and Fernande. This trip was to allow him to meet relatives established in Algeria: his brother Frédéric-Valentin Mouchez, and his seven children. This branch of the Mouchez family owned farms in the communes of Palestro (Lakhdaria), Isserville (Isser), and Draâ El Mizan, all located in Greater Kabylia. The present correspondence, written from Algiers, Constantine, Biskra, Naples, Rome, etc., was intended for two other daughters of the couple who remained in France, Marguerite (Margot) Fehrenbach and Marie Lachelier: arrival in Algiers, trip to El Biar to meet an old acquaintance, trip to and installation in Chabet el Ameur (Isserville), activity on the family farm, excursion to Blida, arrival in Constantine and then Biskra, stays in Naples and Rome. It is also about the family, especially Margot's husband, the chemist Georges Fehrenbach, a collaborator of Alfred Nobel. The last letter, written from Turin after the death of Ernest Mouchez on June 25, 1892, refers to a new stay in Italy in September of the same year. "We went to the observatory and on the way back to El Biar to the home of Mr. Laplace, a retired naval captain to whom we went with you 16 or 18 years ago [...]. His little house, which we saw in the state of an abandoned farm, is now very well arranged, they lead a charming life there [...] and having replaced the report of the pigs of which your father always spoke by that of the mandarins which come admirably and are very good... ". (Algiers, February 7, 1892, to Marie). - Your uncle and the last two children went to prune the vineyard this morning, the two boys had lunch outside and will not return until this evening, their father has returned as well as Georges who goes to his house every day in the morning and returns to have lunch with us [...]. Has Georges received an answer from Mr. Nobel and what does he say? I will be very happy to see you well settled in a factory in Paris and rather outside of Paris..." (Chabet, February 9, 1892, to Margot). - We left Les Ouleds yesterday morning all on horseback, in beautiful weather, and only arrived here at midnight [...]. The departure was charming on horseback in this beautiful country; the road becomes surprisingly dry halfway to Constantine, but once here one cannot believe oneself to be in the desert as there is so much noise and movement in the streets all night and all day..." (Constantine, February 17, 1892, to Margot). Etc.
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