Letter from Alcée Fortier to May Wright Sewall.

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FORTIER, ALCEE MAR 7 1900

March 7, 1900

Mrs May Wright Sewall, Sec of the Contemporary Club Indianapolis

Dear Madam,

I received yesterday your kind letter of March 3, and after consulting the President of the University have decided to accept your invitation to address the Contemporary Club on Wednesday, May 30.

Allow me to call

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your attention to the fact that my name is not "Alice" but "Alcee". The latter is a French name which has always been borne by men. By consulting "Who is who in America" and Adam's Dictionary of America Authors" you will see what positions I have occurpies and which works I have written.

I gave last year at Chaubauqua, New York, a course of lecures on Louisiana which as

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well received. The subjects were as follows:

1. French Louisiana 2. Spanish Louisiana 3. American Louisiana 4. Pre Creole of Louisiana 5. Louisiana Folk Lore

I have also three lectures on the French Drama

1. Le Cid 2. Heorani 3. Cyrano de Bergerac

I gave last summer at Monteagle Tennessee,

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three lectures on "A Journey to France": 1 and 2 . Paris 3. Provence and the Riviera

Thanking the Contemporary Club for the honor done me and anticipating greate pleasure from my visit to your city, I am,

Yours very truly Alcee Forier

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