1915 Paris letter from wife of UK diplomat Austin Lee, fundraiser tickets

$45.00 CAD

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Letter in French from the wife of diplomat Austin Lee of the British Embassy in Paris, buying seats at a fundraiser for the British Red Cross.

Le 29 Nov. 1915
Chère Madame,
Vous seriez très aimable de me réserver pour votre matinée de la Croix-Rouge Anglaise du 18 décembre quatre fauteuils d’orchestre 5e ou 6e rang. Je crois que le prix est de 50 fr la place?
Je regrette d’avoir manqué l’occasion de  --- -- mais je suis très occupée et n’ai pas pu assister à la cérémonie.
Mes sentiments les meilleurs…
Madeline Austin Lee


You would be very kind to reserve for me for your British Red Cross matinee on December 18th four 5th or 6th row orchestral chairs. I believe the price is 50f per seat?

I regret having missed the occasion of --- but I was very busy and could not attend the ceremony....


Notes at bottom "Mme Austin Lee Ambassade d’Angleterre" and "De la part de  MMe la Ctesse --- avec ses meilleurs souvenirs"

Horizontal and vertical folds. Toning on back.

23 x 17.50 cm


Sir Henry Austin Lee, KCMG, CB (6 April 1847 − 7 November 1918) was a British diplomat, governor and landowner. He was counselor of embassy, commercial attache for France, Belgium, and Switzerland.

In December 1887 he was appointed Second Secretary to the Paris Embassy and acted as Private Secretary to the Ambassador, Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton. In 1891 he was selected to represent the British Government on the Council of the Suez Canal Company. In February 1892 he was appointed First Secretary in the Diplomatic Service and on the appointment of the Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Marquis of Dufferin and Ava as Ambassador in Paris, Lee became his Private Secretary, and continued in that capacity until the Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood's retirement in October 1896, when he was appointed Commercial Attache to Embassy in the place of Sir Joseph Archer Crowe.