File 14 - Maurice LeBlond, letters to Léon Deffoux

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CA ON00389 C8-1-14

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Maurice LeBlond, letters to Léon Deffoux

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  • 1924-1929 (Creation)

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34 handwritten letters, 2 photocopies articles, 4 postcards, 1 typed document, 12 envelopes

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  • Autograph card from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 4 juillet 1924», on letterhead of «Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Direction» Thanks Deffoux for sending copies of his «plaquettes». Will be sending Deffoux a copy of an anthology he prepared. Asks if Deffoux went to the Bibliothèque nationale to consult the Germinal collection, which would be useful to Deffoux.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 7 octobre 25», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Cabinet du Directeur» - with envelope on letterhead of «Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Direction», stamped «Paris 7 X 1926». Thanks Deffoux for his article on Zola’s country house.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 13 août 1927», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Has seen the Zola letter published by Deffoux in L’Oeuvre. Thanks him for the article on Céard, which makes LeBlond’s work easier. Sends another document and invites Deffoux for a visit at his home in l’Étang-la-Ville.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 21 septembre 1927», on letterhead of «République française. Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire». Thanks Deffoux for his article in L’Oeuvre, and for mentioning LeBlond’s upcoming article in le Mercure. Wishes Deffoux a good holiday.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 19 novbre 27», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Thanks Deffoux for publishing an excerpt of the notes on La Faute de l’Abbé Mouret. The second volume of La Débâcle will not be published anytime soon because LeBlond’s notes are not ready. Gives the order in which the other volumes will be published, in the Bernouard edition.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 24 novembre 27», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Sends proofs of the biography of Zola written by his daughter [LeBlond’s wife, Denise LeBlond-Zola].
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, n.d., on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Sends the proofs of the letters from Mallarmé to Zola, stressing the importance of these documents.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, 1 janvier 28», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope addressed to Deffoux: «à l’Agence Havas, 13 Place de la Bourse, Paris 2e, à porter». Thanks Deffoux for sending the second edition of Le Groupe de Médan – LeBlond is touched by the dedication. Has also received the excerpts of the Mercure. Wishes Deffoux a happy new year.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 12 janvier 28», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Thanks Deffoux for the letter from Zola to Huysmans; will integrate it in the Correspondance. Still nothing from J.H. Rosny about the Goncourt. Will probably be forced to act – not looking forward to it.
  • Photocopy of an article by Deffoux [L’Oeuvre, 27 janvier 1928] about the Zola family and the Académie Goncourt.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «12 février 28». Sends the letter addressed to Ferragus and Zola’s reply, concerning Germinie Lacerteux. His wife will get back to Deffoux with answers to his questions. Is following the campaign launched in L’Oeuvre – recommends being careful not to give too much information to the «adversaire». Hopes to obtain an answer from the minister to Boully’s question.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «18 février 1928» Sends the text of a short letter from Edmond de Goncourt to Zola, regarding similarities between La Joie de vivre and Chérie, both published in 1884.
  • Photocopy of an article by Deffoux [L’Oeuvre, 28 mars 1928] regarding the Académie Goncourt.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «21 février 28». Sends excerpts of his notes for Son Excellence Eugène Rougon. The publisher [Bernouard] will send Deffoux a copy.
  • Autograph postcard from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Menton, 6 mars [1928]». Beautiful weather in Menton. Has read in the newspapers that Deffoux «assignation» will take place on Friday. Sends his best wishes.
  • Autograph postcard [view of Marseille] from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux [268 rue des Pyrénées], n.d. – stamped «Marseille, 17 3 28» - slipped in an envelope bearing the Agence Havas address. «Amitiés et à bientôt»
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 26 mars 1928», on letterhead of «République française. Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire». At Deffoux’s requests, sends excerpts of selected letters from Zola to the Goncourt brothers, to be published in La Revue de Paris of 1st April. Went to Southern France; worked at the Bibliothèque Méjane and found interesting material. Will tell him in person, as he hopes to see Deffoux very soon.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 21 avril 28», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Sends back the article by Céard; sends a copy of another article on the banquet of the Rougon-Macquart. Has given more thought to the idea of writing a history of naturalism with Deffoux and thinks it could be of great interest.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «L’Étang-la-Ville, le 11 août 1928», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope stamped «11 VIII 1928». Just got back from ten days away. Will be in his office from the 16th; Deffoux can send his manuscript there, and LeBlond will read it with great interest. Asks about Billy’s article: has it been published yet?
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 20 août 28», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Found Deffoux’s manuscript; it looks very promising. Thanks him for sending Billy’s article.
  • Autograph postcard [view of Pornic] from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, stamped «23-7 28», slipped in an envelope stamped «Paris 27-VIII 1928» -- Deffoux’s address [268, rue des Pyrénées] has been crossed out; directed to «Chez Madame Habay, à Corancey par Berchères les Pierres, Eure et Loire». «Amitiés et à bientôt»
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «25[?] août 28». Has searched for an unpublished letter by Zola, for L’Oeuvre, as requested by Deffoux. Does not have one to offer; is offering instead an article on war dating from 1900 or 1901, probably written for an American magazine, and still unpublished in France. Is sending a copy of a letter from Léon Daudet on La Débâcle. Is looking forward to discuss Deffoux’s manuscript.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 13 octobre 28», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «13 X 1928». Sends a copy of a letter he wrote to Anquetil, in reply to an interview given by Bouhélier – is still writing the introduction for Zola’s article on war.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 8 novembre 28», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Sends the text of a few letters regarding the cover of La Débâcle; may be interesting for a short article; can provide more information.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «22 novembre 28». Sends Deffoux information about his new book: Émile Zola: Lettres à MM. de Goncourt. Asks if Deffoux can talk about it in L’Intransigeant.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 29 novbre 28», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with an excerpt of the «Journal officiel du 18 novembre 1917» (typed) and clippings from the «Journal officiel du 28 novembre 1928». Because of a typo, the travellers using trains were told not to step out of the train when it was completely stopped (while it should have read, when it was not completely stopped). The typo was rectified eleven years after the first publication. LeBlond suggests that Deffoux could use this information for an amusing few lines in L’Oeuvre.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 3 janvier 29», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope on letterhead on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris 3 I 1929». Sends a letter from d’Haraucourt concerning the incident at the Panthéon – Deffoux can publish it if he wishes.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, 12 février 1929» - on a «carte lettre» with letterheard «Chez Graff, Brasserie restaurant. 92, Bould de Clichy, Place Blanche». Is still waiting for the excerpts of the Mercure; has read in L’Oeuvre Deffoux’s piece on Jean Lorrain and de Goncourt. Thanks Deffoux.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 1er mai 1929», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Sends volume II of Contes et nouvelles. Press service for La Terre has not yet started; Deffoux should go directly to Bernouard, the publisher.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «4 mai 29» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Thanks Deffoux for his piece in L’Oeuvre, about [?] Jean-Claude. His mother was delighted. Will write to Jean Piot as well, to thank him. Replied to Descaves.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, «L’Étang-la-Ville», n.d. [from J. Sanders’ hand: 1929?]. Has written down, in haste, a quick answer to Deffoux’s survey. Asks Deffoux if he could, around the 25th, talk to Tardieu again, through M. Hirsch, regarding his “petite affaire”; the timing would then be good.
  • Typed document, dated «Paris, 31 mai 1929», signed: «Le Directeur des Publications officielles, signé: PEYCELON.». Letter of support and official request for Maurice LeBlond to be promoted to the rank of “Officier de la Légion d’Honneur”. Peycelon lists LeBlond’s accomplishments as Secrétaire général de l’administration des Journaux officiels, since 1919. In addition, LeBlond is a distinguished man of letters.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 4 juin 1929», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général». Thanks Deffoux for his article in [??].
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 3 juillet 29», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris 4 juillet 29». Thanks Deffoux for his article on Zola. Sends excerpts from an article to be published in the Bulletin de l’Association des Amis d’Émile Zola.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 4 juillet 1929», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - glued on the upper left hand corner: a wrapper for bus tickets, issued by the Société des transports en commun de la région parisienne. It features a portrait of Zola, but the caption reads «G. Bizet». Reminds Deffoux that the Société des transports wants to teach French history to its users. Sends the wrapper for bus tickets with the portrait of Zola and the caption «G. Bizet», suggesting that Deffoux could write a few lines in L’Oeuvre about this mistake.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 10 juillet 29», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris 10 VII 29». Thanks Deffoux for helping with his «petite affaire» - did not see him at the burying of Souday.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 30 août 29», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général» [stamp unreadable]. Thanks Deffoux for sending his article published in Les Nouvelles littéraires. Heard that Diamant-Berger [the film director] paid a visit to Deffoux. LeBlond thinks that Bernouard has gone mad – refers to an interview published in L’Ami du peuple.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «1er octobre 1929» - with envelope on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Le Secrétaire général», stamped «Paris 2 10 29». Writes to give his new address in Paris.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Paris, le 13 novembre 29», on letterhead of «Ministère de l’Intérieur. Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Cabinet du directeur» - with envelope on letterhead of «Journaux officiels, 31, Quai Voltaire. Direction», no stamp. Sends a «M. Derpius[?]», who is looking for work in journalism.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Vendredi 21 décembre» [1929]. Sends copies of the letter prepared for the Minister of Education – also sent a copy of the letter to Adrien Hébrard from the newspaper Le Temps. Received a phone call from the Comité Victor Hugo; they read to him a communiqué which was vague – communiqué written by Haraucourt.
  • Autograph letter from M. LeBlond to Léon Deffoux, dated «Samedi». Sends his article – the copy is bad. Asks Deffoux to read the proof, if the article is typeset before Deffoux leaves the newspaper.

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