Letter from Abbé Eugène Grassaud to Marie Dénarnaud dated 10 May 1918:

Mademoiselle Marie,

It was not possible for me to make the promised visit at Easter. When you have to tell me something important, you could come yourself if the health of your parents permits it.

A month ago I received from the same person who passed on my letter to you another letter in which it is said you are going to have a visit from one or two people about the purchase of the château.

1. Ask for 200,000 francs, apart from coming down later to 190,000 francs if that is necessary: hold firm, deal with it yourself without using the solicitor of C. who should have sorted it out earlier.

2. Furniture has become very expensive.

3. At the present time the newly rich English and Americans are looking out for good furniture.

4. It would be better to put in your own house what you want to keep.

5. Hold firm on the price.

6. As soon as you have had a visit write to me and except at the full price do not commit yourself in writing without writing first to me.

7. Ask always who they are and on whose behalf do they come and put it in writing.

Yours devotedly,