TYPED LETTER SIGNED by the Consul General for France GASTON ERNEST LIEBERT, expressing his pleasure at serving on the reception committee for Maurice Maeterlinck.


- Over 70 words typed on 9-1/2 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide creamy white "Consulat General de France" stationery. In his letter to James B. Pond, Liebert states that "it will give me much pleasure to be a member of the reception committee appointed to welcome Mr. M. Maeterlinck on the occasion of his first lecture in this country...." Signed "Gaston Liebert" as Consul General for France. The letter is folded horizontally for mailing with minor foxing or spotting and a punch hole to the top left corner. The bottom edge of the page has been unevenly clipped. Very good. The French diplomat Gaston Ernest Liebert (1866-1929) joined the diplomatic corps after serving in the Navy. He was first assigned to Asia where he served as French Vice-Consul in Beihai and Tunghing. Following the Boxer rebellion, he was an envoy to the French Legation in Peking and subsequently was appointed as French Consul to Hong Kong. In 1916, he was appointed as French Consul-General in New York City. James B. Pond, the American impresario and lecture agent who headed the J.B. Pond Lyceum Bureau, brought the great Belgian poet Maurice Maeterlinck to America for a series of lectures. The first lecture took place at Carnegie hall on January 2nd, 1920. Unfortunately Maeterlinck failed to carry out his intention to lecture in English because of his labored "phonetic" English. He declared his intention to continue his lectures in French and have the translation read by another person. As a result, the lecture tour was a failure and lawsuits ensued on both sides.

Title: TYPED LETTER SIGNED by the Consul General for France GASTON ERNEST LIEBERT, expressing his pleasure at serving on the reception committee for Maurice Maeterlinck.

Author Name: Liebert, Gaston Ernest (1866-1929). French diplomat who served as French Consul-General in New York City.

Categories: History,

Publisher: New York, December 13, 1919.: 1919.

Book Condition: Very good

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 94947

Keywords: HISTORY; FRENCH; DIPLOMAT; FRENCH CONSUL GENERAL TO NEW YORK CITY;TWENTIETH CENTURY; 20TH CENTURY; GASTON ERNEST LIEBERT; TYPED LETTER SIGNED; SIGNATURE; AUTOGRAPH; MAURICE MAETERLINCK; JAMES B. POND; CONSUL GENERAL FOR FRANCE.