|(I) nearly all the letters that Clemenceau had received in the course of his life were burnt|
|(2) letters from Poincaré, 1918-19, were given to 'a safe friend'|
|(3) official documents were returned to the Quai d'Orsay|
|(4) 'certain documents which referred to some of the most agitated periods of his life' were given to Piétri, together with drafts of his speeches|
|(5) copies of telegrams which he sent, in 1918-19, to foreign governments, were given to 'a discreet person', who was presumably different from the one who received Poincaré's letters, and who was to give them to the French government at the end of twenty years.|
Mordacq's account shows that the greater part of the papers Clemenceau had amassed were simply destroyed. In any case, he had not kept copies of his outgoing letters, so they would consist of letters received, not his own letters, which have to be sought among the papers of the recipients. It is difficult to say what happened to the documents that Mordacq says were preserved. J. Chastenet reported (Raymond Poincaré (1948), p. 302) that Poincaré's letters to Clemenceau were held by the Association des Amis de Georges Mandel: I suspect that these are the letters from Poincaré now at the Musée Clemenceau, which cannot be consulted; drafts of some of them are available in the Poincaré Papers (see below). The other documents listed by Mordacq seem to have disappeared without trace. The Quai d'Orsay states that it has no special Clemenceau collection; presumably the documents returned to it were reintegrated in the ordinary files; nor is there any indication of what happened to the copies of telegrams to foreign governments which were to be returned to the government after twenty years; they are not at the Archives Nationales, nor at the Quai d'Orsay as a special collection. As for the intriguing documents which Mordacq states were handed to Piétri. Piétri's executor did not reply to my letter requesting information about their whereabouts: Piétri died in 1966. However, there are other documents, not mentioned by Mordacq, which have survived.
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Publication information: Book title: Georges Clemenceau:A Political Biography. Contributors: David Robin Watson - Author. Publisher: D. McKay. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1976. Page number: 438.
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