The following birthday message was sent by telegram in 1885 to Victor Hugo, the French writer responsible for, most notably, Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. It was penned on the day of Hugo’s 83rd birthday by the father of both dynamite and the Nobel Prizes, Alfred Nobel.
Short, but sweet.
Transcript and translation follow. Image courtesy of Nobelprize.org.
Vive et vive de longues années le grand Maître pour charmer le monde et propager ses grandes idées de charité universelle.
Long may the Grand Master live, to charm the world and spread his ideas of universal charity.