[ J. Thierry, teacher of French in Georgian London. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('I. Therry') in French, to the editor of the Court Journal, regarding his publication in London of a work on French pronunciation ('

J. Thierry, teacher of French in Georgian London [French pronunciation]
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40 Great Marlborough Street [London]. 25 May 1829.
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3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Addressed, with red wax seal, on reverse of second leaf, 'To the Editor | of the | Court Journal.' The letter concerns a work published by Thierry in London in 1829, and titled in English, 'Forty-four lines, by the aid of which the pronunciation of the French may be learned in a few hours', and in French, 'Quarante-quatre vers, par le moyen desquels on peut apprendre la prononciation française en quelques heures'. (The only two copies on COPAC at Glasgow and Oxford. No copy in the Bibliothèque Nationale.) Thierry begins by stating that he is sending 'un exemplaire de l'opuscule que je viens de publier sur la prononciation française'. Its usefulness, 'de plus en plus manifeste par les progrès de mes élèves, dont font partie des membres de l'Université de Londre, [sic] et par les progrès des personnes qui en font usage'. He explains that the work is the fruit of long experience teaching. He discusses some 'difficulté à vaincre', and the 'sacrifices pécuniaires' that he has made in publishing the work himself. He hopes for the favour of a review, and in a long postscript refers to the '15 ans que j'ai habité Londre alternativemt. avec Paris'.