Lot 223: Autograph endorsement, "Refuse, Np," penned in the left margin of a manuscript document in French, signed "C. de Hunebourg," one page, 8.75 x 12.75, May 10, 1809. Napoleon refuses the request of a general to be paid the salary of a major general for the period during which he commanded a division. In part (translated): "The General of the Brigade Poncet charged in the interim of the command of the 19th military division asks for the extraordinary treatment of 12,000 francs from your Majesty 1 April 1808 to the General of the Division in which he filled the function." A horizontal fold passing through the endorsement, a few small edge tears, and some scattered staining and soiling, otherwise fine condition. On May 10, 1809, the day this report was written by Minister of War Henri Jacques Guillaume Clarke, Napoleon reached the gates of Vienna, where he would accept the city's surrender on the morning of May 13th. This was early in the War of the Fifth Coalition, and just weeks before he would personally suffer his first defeat in the Battle of Aspern-Essling.
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Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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