(1842-1886) French explorer in West Africa and Ethiopia. He was a strong believer in opening up Africa to trade through peaceful means, and thus bringing the benefits of French civilization to the natives while gaining commercial profits for France.
Autograph letter signed, one page, 5,5 x 8,5 inch, (Paris), (30.05.1885), in French, brief reply letter to "Monsieur Alfred Diot" in Nancy - Paul Soleillet thanks his correspondent for feelings expressed in his letter, written and signed in dark ink "Paul Soleillet", with intersecting letter folds, and mild signs of wear to the edges - in fine condition.
J`ai l`honneur de vous remercier des sentiments exprimés dans votre lettre de ce jour."
I have the honor to thank you for the sentiments expressed in your letter today."