Lot 27: Extremely Rare Napoleon Handwritten Note
Rare Autograph, Manuscripts & Book & Aviation Auction
October 27, 2016
Miami, FL, USA
Rare autograph note of Napoleon (1769-1821), Emperor of France, on letter from Count Louis Mole (1781-1855).
The Count, a member of the Council of State, writes Napoleon from Paris on March 31,1811, expressing concern that owing to lack of funds the work on the Cher canal is about to be suspended. Mole asks for confirmation of the decision and blames the problem on the owners not abiding by the original decree to provide the sinking fund. Napoleon's note instructs that the matter be referred to the Interior Ministry to suggest means of supplementing the money and helping the owner who only has a local interest in it. Count Mole was an important advisor to Napoleon, especially on ''Jewish affairs,"
where he advocated repeal of Jewish "emancipation," citing complaints about ''Jewish evil." (Kenneth Rendell in the section on Napoleon in his History Comes to Life,says "His handwritten letters from any period are extremely rare and virtually unobtainable.") 8" x 13"
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