Lot 228: Mother (1750–1836) of Napoleon Bonaparte who shared her son's exile in Elba during 1814. LS in French, signed "Vostra aftisma Madre," one page, 7.5 x 9.5, April 30, 1822. Letter to her eldest son, Joseph Bonaparte. In part (translated): "It's been quite some time since I've received any letters from you…I've been sick…but at the moment I'm feeling better. I had the consolation of embracing Jerome…I'm waiting for him and his children to return any day now. For some time we've been expecting the arrival of his son Jerome from America…He's probably given you news of me in person. He was also the bearer of a box that I sent you that contained my portrait, a bonnet, and a shawl for Charlotte. I'm waiting for your answer to the letter he transmitted to you; these are urgent matters. I've written you what I think about the marriage of Zenaide and Charles. Charles has gone to Brussells with Lucien…The marriage…will take place near the end of the month of May. Pauline left this morning for Via Reggio…Louis leaves tomorrow for Florence and I'll be alone in Rome with the Cardinal…Give me news of yourself more often because your long silence always causes me great anxiety." In very good condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds, staining to one edge, and several repaired tears; expertly restored and reinforced for preservation.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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