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I should really be working on my thesis right now instead of posting, but I couldn't resist, if only because this is driving me mad. Remember that post I made a while back on Buonarroti's correspondance and his possible 19th century contact with the Duplays, Éléonore in particular? I somehow managed to overlook yet another piece of evidence in the same book: http://books.google.fr/books?id=sxW2sU1gzj0C&pg=PA45&lpg=PA45&dq=buonarroti+teste+6+ao%C3%BBt+1829&source=bl&ots=oYgNhFYSvQ&sig=Z5Zbt9gR0yYK8kSltC1Y3eTlSE8&hl=fr&sa=X&ei=VbVJT9axGozpgge5hZn1DQ&ved=0CCMQ6AEwAA#v=snippet&q=eleonora&f=false.  It's another letter from Buonarroti to his friend Lemaire. In it he seems convinced that Éléonore Duplay would be unwilling to discuss Robespierre, possibly due to her brother's influence/intimidation...

But that's it, he doesn't elaborate. I want to know more, damnit! It's enormously frustrating, especially when one considers that there probably isn't any further documentation to be had (anything's possible, but I'm not getting my hopes up).

If I ever get the chance to go to whatever archive is storing Buonarroti's papers and read them, I will probably scour them obsessively for mentions of the Duplays... and still likely come up empty handed, or near to it.

...Why can't I just have a time machine already?

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