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Lot n° 37

COLARDEAU Charles-Pierre (1732-1776)...

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3 L.A.S. "Colardeau" and 2 L.A., Paris and Étiolles 1760-1776, to his uncle M. REGNARD, parish priest of Saint-Salomon, in Pithiviers; 9 pages in-4, 3 addresses with remnants of red or black wax seals (engraved portrait enclosed).
Nice correspondence, full of details on his literary activities.
December 5, 1760: news of the first performance of Caliste: it "held the public in the most silent suspension. Never has a play been better listened to and so little applauded". He blames the scenery and the lighting, but recognizes the length of the play. 5 January 1762. His verses on the French patriotism on the subject of the gift of the ships "run in manuscript": they will be soon printed. The King took measures to crack down on the farmers general 26 August 1768. On his literary acquaintances: the count of La Vieuville, MM. de Nivernois and de Maurepas A pleasant anecdote concerning the funeral orations of the Queen, pronounced by the bishops Dupuis and Poncet de La Rivière July 27, 1775. Sending of poems, among which "galanteries": "you will see that the oriental stile or the holy writing, is at least as hot as mine. Besides there is a line between voluptuousness and libertine tone" March 5, 1776. He announces his election to the Academy by 17 votes out of 25, that is to say "all the votes of the people of letters, and of the true lovers of letters, and moreover the public wish" But the visits have "killed" him, he does not know if he will be able to make his speech on the 28th: nevertheless "I want to live".
Attached is a L.A.S. to Claude-Joseph DORAT, May 15, 1773 (1 p. and a half in-8, adr.). He has just spit blood: "it is five years that my bad health makes me fear the storms of the theater. These too violent shocks could be as harmful to me in the physical as in the moral ", and he gives up to Dorat his " right to the Comédie ".

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