A Student of History

June 5, 2007

Letters “refound” in filing cabinet

Filed under: The past that is still with us — John Maass @ 6:35 am

Reuters has reported an amazing story about finding lost documents, which gives us hope that as time goes on, more mysteries will be solved-or at least clarified.  Here’s part of the text from CNN:

One of the word’s greatest collections of historical letters, including a note written by Napoleon to his lover Josephine, has been found in a filing cabinet tucked away in a Swiss laundry room.

The treasure trove of almost 1,000 documents, collected over 30 years by a wealthy Austrian banker, includes letters written by Winston Churchill, Peter the Great, Mahatma Gandhi, Alexander Pushkin, John Donne and Queen Elizabeth I.

The letters, which cover more than 500 years and range across art, science, literature and philosophy, are to be auctioned by Christie’s in London on July 3 and are expected to raise up to 2.3 million pounds ($4.6 million).

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