Lot 223: Manuscript DS in French, signed "Np," one page, 8.5 x 10, November 14, 1807. A Ministry of War document. In part (translated): "The Administrative Council of the Hanoverian Legion requests that it be authorized to give discharges to those soldiers who have completed their term of enlistment…This corps is composed of foreigners, most of them Hanoverians or Germans; those who have completed the terms of their enlistment and who do not wish to reenlist have the right to a final discharge or at least to a certificate attesting to their service. Nevertheless, before answering the council's request, I respectfully request His Majesty to let me know his intentions on this subject." Beautifully triple-suede-matted and framed with an engraved portrait to an overall size of 23.5 x 19.5. In fine condition, with expected document wear. The Hanoverian Legion was established by General Mortier in 1803 and was intended to include both infantry and cavalry troops, but difficulties in recruitment and in general—desertion and sickness among them—resulted in never filling the ranks, and the legion was reorganized several times before being disbanded in 1811.
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Sunday, 17th May 2015
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