Sophie’s Handwriting


 Sophie wrote over 14,000 letters during her lifetime.  In the absence of quick air travel, telephones, email, and texting, this was how she kept her “little society” together–whether it was a matter of property transactions, personnel difficulties, or the spiritual life of her religious.  A sample of her signature (“Votre mère Barat” or “Your mother Barat”) is depicted above; a full letter is below.

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