Lot 254: LS in French, signed "Lapagerie Bonaparte," one page, 7.5 x 6.5, no date. In part (translated): "I have written to you, Minister, to ask you to do everything possible to resolve the question of citizen Figliera, who has been included in the list of the émigrés. It is extremely pressing that I learn if the document that he has shown to obtain his exit from the list is regular. It is important that he obtains a favorable decision, based on the attestations that have been in your office and to which others can be joined...The delay of just one day may cause a great loss to citizen Yvan, on whom I have the greatest interest, and he will lose a considerable sum. I hope you will not refuse to give me all the facilities necessary and to avoid the terrible results that a delay would cause and the circumstances which citizen Yvan is in now." In fine condition, with a few pinholes to lower left and a couple trivial chips and stains to edges. The "list of émigrés" referred to in this letter held the names of noblemen who had fled France during the Revolution. From afar, many plotted against the Revolutionary government and attempted to build foreign support for their cause. In response, the government took severe actions against them: any émigré who did not return by 1792 would lose his property to the state, and would also find himself liable to death as a traitor. According to the Josephine, citizen Figliera was wrongly added to this list. An excellent letter, attempting to safeguard the funds and property of a citizen for whom she held "the greatest interest."
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Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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