Manuscript. Loose leaf. In original black wooden frame (11 1/2 x 14 3/4"), gilt ruling; with copperplate engraving (6 1/2 x 4") with oval mat and original letter (8 1/8 x 5 1/4") pasted to black mat, protected by glass.
I sent your theater ticket last night by mail and
you will probably get it this morning at 9 of 10 o'clock.
Let me take this opportunity to tell you how delighted
I am with your "Emeraude" and with which interest
I read this book. I sent it to my wife and I will
tell you more about it the next time I see you.
From your sincere friend,
Meyerbeer. Very good condition with seal at rear present but loose. Item #48000
Giaccomo Meyerbeer (1791–1864) was a German opera composer of Jewish descent. The decisive character of his Grand Opera style made him the most frequently performed opera composer of his time, combining Italian vocal tradition with the German orchestra style. Meyerbeer was an early supporter of Richard Wagner, instrumental in the first production of Wagner's opera Rienzi. Wagner's critical assaults lead to a decline in the popularity of Meyerbeer's operas. They were suppressed during the Nazi regime and generally lost their appeal at opera houses during the 20th century. Some European opera houses, however, have included Meyerbeer's major works into their 21st century repertoire.
Allexandre Weill (1811–1898) was a French writer born at Schirhoffen, Alsace, who moved to Paris in 1837. A letter of introduction by Heinrich Heine gave him access to the salons and journalistic circles of the French capital, writing for the "Figaro" and the "Temps," among others. In 1847 he published his first romance "Histoires de Village." He became a respected advocate of contemporary issues, e.g. the French educational system. Meyerbeer and Victor Hugo were among Weill's admirers.