The illustrious and influential French dramatic mezzo-soprano, composer, and pedagogue writes about the war with Germany and her contempt for the Germans and Napoleon III and requests Davison's help with her return to London. We find ourselves at the moment as people more or less ruined by the last years of the Empire and the consequences of this terrible war. The hate one felt for them already seems to have doubled. She is looking forward to returning soon to the environment of my good acquaintances and to an active artistic career…I will confess to you that I have the vanity to count on it a bit.
Napoleon III declared war in July of 1870 against Prussia and the allied German states. After a brief conflict, he surrendered on September 2 of 1870, shortly before this letter, and France's Third Republic was proclaimed. Napoleon III was released by the Germans and went to live in England, where he died in 1873.