4 pages (front and back) with each two-page spread measuring 8.25 x 10.5 inches, Guernsey [British Channel Islands], Hauteville House, March 22, 1857, in French, but roughly translated, to Martin Besnard, sending warm thanks to Besnard for coming to the defense of the Hugo name -- a story he heard through their mutual friend Dulac, who managed to escape from the Bonapartiste police. Hugo enthusiastically expresses his appreciation and describes himself as "only of the newest laborers in the struggle...of which his correspondent is a glorious veteran." In closing he would like to believe that France has made some lead ways as far as intellectual progress and human liberty are concerned...and hopes that they will meet, "and it will be a joy to personally shake your intrepid and noble hand." This letter grades very good to fine condition. The iron gall ink has caused six letters (in various words) to appear as if they were cut out of the letter. This is a normal phenomenon and does not detract from the letter.
French author best known for "Les Miserables" who spent over 19 years of his life in political exile.