? asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

An absolutely illegible antique letter need reed in French?

This is a hundred years old letter. I think it was written by a French. Please help read it!

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  • 2 months ago
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    That's what I read:

    Veuillez, Monsieur, m'excuser de vous répondre en français; votre belle langue italienne m'est restée completement inconnue. J'ai l'honneur d'étre avec respect, votre très humble et très obéissant serviteur.

    (signed by Foucault).

    Translation:

    Please excuse me for answering in French. Your beautiful Italian language is completely unknown to me. I have the honor to be with respect, your very humble and very obeying servant.

    Source(s): I'm not fluent in French so I think the translation is not 100% accurate...
  • 2 months ago

    It starts off by saying, excuse me for replying in French, not your beautiful Italian language, and ends by saying, with respect...your very

    humble and obedient servant. I don’t find it difficult to read, but my French is very rusty!

    It doesn’t really seem to be saying much at all, it’s just a polite note.

  • 2 months ago

    I can't read that.

    Perhaps a French historian could help you with that

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