|Place of birth||Saicourt ou Le Fuet (BE)|
|Place of death||Saicourt (BE)|
|Year of birth||1711|
|Year of death||1782|
|Profession||Teacher, peddler, notary|
|Place(s) of activity||Saicourt (BE), Paris|
|Biographical information||Son of Henry Jaquerez and Eve Desvoignes. Effectively orphaned at the age of nine months after his father killed his mother, he was raised by various members of his family. In 1750 he married Suzanne Bourquin of Sombeval. He was successively a teacher and peddler – and lived twice in Paris before becoming a notary in Saicourt.|
1st volume : Les mémoires du petit Henri qui contienent tout ce qui s'est passé depuis sa naissance jusqu'à son second voyage de Paris, et les differente avantures qui lui sont arrivez dans ces voyage a Paris : lanné 1742
2nd volume: Les mémoires du petit henry avec tout ce qui s'est passé depuis sa naissance
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|Format / Language||French, copy made by Florian Paroz in 1939-1943 on the basis of the original today lost. Volume 2: Autograph|
|Physical description||2 books, vol. 2 : a notebook with strong cover, 278 p.|
Volume 1: An Advice to the Reader serves as a preface in which Jaquerez declares he isn’t an author and that he's writing only for pleasure. He speaks about his birth and early childhood (the death of his mother and banishment from his father). He continues with tales and anecdotes from his childhood; college in Mulhouse; his brief apprenticeship with a tailor who beat him; and his first attempts to sell sheets. He talks about his emotions and first love -- and this volume ends with his strong feeling of relief that he was not worried when one of his lovers became pregnant. His account is interspersed with little poems.
Volume 2: The author begins with a poem and a new Advice to the Reader (this time written in rhyme). He insists that although his father was a "scribe", he himself did not study enough to be a good writer. He picks up where the first volume left off. He worked as a teacher and at some point left for Paris. He writes about the people he meets and the jobs he did there. He also intersperses his diary with notes about the events he attended in Paris (e.g. the opera, the Comédie Française, bullfighting).
|Place of deposit||AAEB|
|Classification||87 J Dossier Jean-Henry Jaquerez|
Jaquerez, Jean-Henry, Mémoires du Petit Henry. Préface et notes par Pierre et Liliane Rebetez-Paroz, Porrentruy : Ed. du Pré-Carré, 1982, 234 p.