Thursday, May 18, 2017
Treasure Chest Thursday: Another Copy of Emile Petit's "Interrogation"
This document is two sheets of paper attached to each other in the upper left corner by some sort of paste or glue, a technique we have seen several times. The first page is 8 1/2" x 10 15/16"; the second is 8 1/2" x 11 1/16". The third image is the reverse of the second page. The first page is about 20# in weight but not high-quality paper; it has no watermark. The second page is of better quality and has a watermark: "BERKSHIRE SOUVENIR BOND USA." Almost everything on these pages is typed, with the exceptions of the dates on the top of the first page, a handwritten "s" at the bottom of the first page, and the words "Questions to Petit" on the back of the second page.
In case this sounds familiar, it should. This is another copy of Jean La Forêt's questions posed to Emile Petit, which I posted on March 16. Those copies were in an envelope, while this one was separate. The sizes of the pages are different, but the types of paper are the same.
Now that I have all the copies together in one place, it's clear that the one above is the original typed version of the second set in the March post. The letter impressions on the page are crisper, and the indentations in the paper are deeper than in the March copy. Shame on me for not noticing in March that the pages I had in hand had the fuzzy look of a carbon copy.
As these pages are the original typed copies of the set from March, they unfortunately add no new information to our ongoing narrative. They do, however, reinforce that Jean La Forêt wanted to make sure he had plenty of copies of documents. Maybe he was worried that one of Emma's siblings would try to destroy papers and derail his investigation.