1_102 13/12/38

22 Place Vendome
13 Dec. 1838
They have met her friend Miss Clarke 1 at the Garnetts; she introduced them to Madame Recamier's; describes s6ances at her house, at which Monsieur Delacluze read his recollections of the Atelier of David, where he was a pupil, and of the revolution; M. de Chateaubriand. Lacretelle and M. de Noailles were there; describes Madame Recamier sitting up in a dark corner of her room, which she hail chosen so that she might be at liberty to indulge in such emotions as these recitals caused her; refers to the plight of the Italian exiles, the condannati Arconati, Filippo Ugoni, Arrivabene Porro and others; Camilo Ugoni has gone to Italy; Madame Arconati has just been to Milan to be present at the marriage of her brother, Frotti, with Manzonils daughter; refers to several other exiles, and to the plight of those transported to America, who, the Austrians say, have lost all rights upon Italy; the Emperor and the Vice-King have been told that they must not compromise them selves any more by sending messages to the exiles; they are amusing themselves very much in Paris, at the Italian Opera and looking at Marshall Loban's funeral, which was an hour and a half passing under their windows; they have not been able to meet Mrs. Marley yet.
1. Mary Elizabeth Clarke (1793-1883) an eccentric English woman, lived in Paris with her mother from childhood. She presided over her own salon where for over forty years many famous literary men congregated, some of whom F.N. mentions having met in this letter. Miss Clarke was friendly with all the Nightingales but had a particular admiration and affection for Florence whom she greatly encouraged in her vocation. The two corresponded throughout the rest of Mary Clarke's long life. Some of this correspondence has been preserved and is now in the British Museum, with a further collection in the Woodward Library, at the University of British Columbia, but some of the earlier letters, on which O'Malley based her chapter III, have apparently been destroyed. The importance of Mary Clarke in F.N.'s life is fully discussed by Cook, O'Malley and Woodham-Smith. (See also M.C.M. Simpson, Letters and Recollections of Julius and Mary Mohl, London, 1887; for a description of Paris life and the salon, Kathleen 01Meara, Madame Mohl - her salon and her friends, 1835; B.M. Add.MSS.43397).

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