Autograph Letter Signed, addressed “My lady”, responding to an invitation, referring to “sympathies pour le Plumpudding”. In French. 1 page 8 x 5 inches, laid down on part of an old album leaf, minor blemishes only. Wednesday, 24 May, no year given. Count Pyotr Aleksandrovich Valuev (1815-1890), Russian statesman and writer. Valuev served as Emperor Alexander II’s Minister of Interior.Valuev was always close to the literary world. In 1834 he was transferred from Moscow to St. Petersburg and became acquainted with prominent Russian poets Aleksandr Pushkin and Pyotr Vyazemsky. Valuev may have served as one of the prototypes for the protagonist of Pushkin’s novel The Captain’s Daughter (1836). Valuev began writing fiction in the 1870s while still serving in the government. His first novel, Lorin (1878) was circulated in manuscript, although it remained unpublished until 1882. Throughout most of his adult life, Valuev kept a diary, which was published after his death and has proved to be an important source of information on the inner circle of the Russian Empire in the 19th century.