NAPOLEON 1er [Napoleon Bonaparte].

Lot 101: Autograph letter by Napoleon to his Minister of War

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

June 19, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description: HISTORY - NAPOLEON 1er [Napoleon Bonaparte]. Autograph letter signed to 'Monsieur le Duc de Feltre'. Autograph letter to the Duke of Feltre by Napoleon Bonaparte on a double sheet, single sided, dated 'Bruges le 29 mai 1810'. Signed boldly at the bottom 'Nap'. Folded twice, framed under passe-partout under glass. Sl. browned and creased. Very decorative, authentic piece.
Dimensions: Paper size: 23 x 18.5 cm., frame size: 36 x 30.5 cm.
Artist or Maker: NAPOLEON 1er [Napoleon Bonaparte].
A letter to the Duke of Feltre, containing very detailed orders concerning the imperial brigades on how the troops should be regrouped. The Duke, born Henri-Jacques-Guillaume Clarke, appointed Ministre de Guerre in 1807, received his title after the the 'affaire de Walcheren (1809) where he managed to withstand a British invasion by gathering troops at an unexpected pace'. Napoleon refers to this confrontation as he writes that every bataillon should have a Colonel or a Major in uniform, "majors que vous avez appellés [sic!], au cours de l'expédition des Anglais pour commander un bataillon ou deux bataillons retournées à leurs dépots".
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