Recipient: Sarsfield, Guy Claude, Comte de
Yesterday I received, sir, the letter that you did me the honor to write.1
I thank you sincerely for the trouble you have taken to procure the book for me.
I enthusiastically accept your proposal that I write to you in French so that I may
profit from your corrections and that I should presume to correct your English. Friendship
can be the only motive for this accord, since you already write so well in English,
whereas I cannot write at all in French. You have proposed to lay all courtesies aside,
but to that I cannot agree, for without them my French would be very poor indeed.
Instead of “I am sometimes gone so far etc.,” I have sometimes gone so far etc.—for
“When I will have the pleasure,” read, When I should have the pleasure. But for these
minor changes, your letter is perfectly correct. I send, with a thousand thanks, my
servant for the book, and have the honor to be most perfectly, sir, your &c