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For 265 years, 104 letters to French sailors by their loved ones on a shelf in a government building in the U.K. They were never , until recently. They were for the first time in two and a half centuries. The letters were on the French warship Galatée. The ship was by the British Navy in 1758 during the Seven Years' War of 1756-1763. The sailors on the Galatée were captured before they had time to and read their mail. The letters were to London, where they were in storage and forgotten about, dust. An academic from Cambridge University said the letters were in an archive in London. He said many of them love letters.

A group of academics read and the letters. Lead researcher Renaud Morieux said the messages a rare and unique look into history. The writers were from poor people and rich people; from fiancés, parents, siblings and wives. The writing the differences in levels of literacy among the classes of French society. Professor Morieux said the letters important documents. He said: "They how we all with major life challenges…like pandemics or wars. We have to work out how to in touch, how to for people, and how to passion alive. Today, we have Zoom. In the 18th century, people only had letters, but what they wrote about very familiar."

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