Paris, France, June 20, 1840. Bifolium, 9.75 x 8 inches, two pages of text plus integral address, approx. 360 words. Small marginal tear from the seal; a little soiling and foxing, with some bleed-through of the ink from the stamping; in very good condition. Item #9942
Sprague appears to be a young man making his first stop on a tour of the Continent; he gives his friend a mixed review of Paris, noting "the general appearance of the city is much inferior to London but the public places are very much superior." France also comes out ahead in terms of art: Sprague remarks on his trip to Versailles that "the greatest show was the paintings in the Palace upward of sixty rooms . . . All throw Queen Victoria's shows into the darkest shade." Also with news of traveling companions, plans to meet Ames in Germany, the need to learn French, and his promise that if Ames skips "coming to France there are a few things I should purchase for you among them would be the wooden shoes worn by the women." Ink cancel for Liverpool dated July 4, 1840. Old wax wafer.