The Undersigned Arthur Rimbaud – Born in Charleville (France) – Aged 23 – 5 ft. 6 height – Good healthy, – Late a teacher of sciences and languages – Recently deserted from the 47e Regiment of the French army -, Actually in Bremen without any means, the French Consul refusing any Relief.
Would like to know on which conditions he could conclude an immediate engagement in the American navy.
Speaks and writes English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.
Has Been four months as a sailor in a Scotch bark, from Java to Queenstown, from August to December 76.
Would be very honoured and grateful to receive an answer.
JOHN ARTHUR RIMBAUD
[Bremen the 14 mai 77]
1. Corespondenţă scrisă în engleză, în original, de Rimbaud către Consulul Statelor Unite la Bremen.
[din Rimbaud, Oeuvre complètes; Bibliotèque de la Pléiade, Editions Gallimard, 1972]