Nicolas Anselme (known as Baptiste aîné) Baptiste

Baptiste, Nicolas Anselme (known as Baptiste aîné)

French actor (1761-1835). Autograph letter signed. [Paris]. 8vo. ½ p. on bifolium. With autograph address and traces of seal.
$ 241 / 250 € (86043/BN56763)

To the principal Adolphe de Lanneau, asking him to grant his son leave of absence: "Je présente mes respects à Monsieur Lanneau et le prie de vouloir bien permettre à mon Étourdi [?] de passer quelques jours dans la maison paternelle, cela ferait grand plaisir à ma femme ainsi qu’à moi. J’aurai soin de ne pas le laisser inoccupé pendant ce petit séjour [...]". - After Nicolas Baptiste started his acting career in Rouen alongside his parents, his wife, and his brother, the family moved to Paris.

Nicolas soon gained popularity and was hired for leading parts in tragedies and comedies at the Théâtre de la République, the later Comédie-Française in 1793. His stellar career at the Comédie lasted 35 years. - With a tear from breaking the seal and a collector's note in brown ink. Well preserved..

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