Description: Jules Francois Simon (1814-1896), the French statesman and philosopher, penned and signed this brief letter on “Sénat” imprinted stationery in 1892. In the vague letter to an unnamed man, Simon notes that there are two major problems, one is that he doesn’t know any Arabic, the second is that he has almost no free time to meet with his correspondent. He goes on to say that Sundays might be a better option, but even so, he is presiding over an assembly the following Sunday.
Simon studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris where he met Victor Cousin, who sent him to Caen and Versailles to teach philosophy and whom Simon helped in his translations of Plato and Aristotle. Simon edited the works of Nicolas Malebranche, René Descartes, Bossuet, and Antoine Arnauld. He entered politics in the 1840’s, serving as a representative in the National Assembly and the Council of State. Simon went on to be one of the leaders of the Moderate Republicans in the Third French Republic.
Written in French. 5 ¼” x 8” when unfolded. Item #A01143
Condition: Fold lines, otherwise very good condition.