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10 July 1794

In France, at the height of the Terror and a fortnight before the fall of Robespierre, a woman in childbed writes to her mother. An account of mother and daughter love during the French Revolution, found in the archive of Yvan Craipeau, former secretary to Trotsky (1935), which was presented to the IISH in 2002.

Translation of the letter

"Although I am a bit weak, Dear Mother, my health is fairly good [.] My assurances on this subject should put your mind at ease about my condition [.] My husband has undoubtedly informed you that my little girl was as fragile as her brother at birth [,] but although she is small, she is strong and nurses well [.] I am still good at nursing and will have even more milk once the intense heat we are suffering subsides a bit [.] It overwhelms me so much that I cannot eat in the evening, Since I have so little appetite, I expect to purge myself in a few days [.] This is the advice from the accoucheur, but we have delayed a bit, since I gave birth only three weeks ago, and it is too hot. Jules is doing well and sends you a tender kiss, his father sends his regards, and I, Mother, I hug you with my little one [.] Sending you all our love [.] best wishes to your friend."
[Around Angoulême (southwest France) to Chartres on 22 messidor An II (10 July 1794)]