Lot 264: LS in French, signed "Np," one page, 7.25 x 9, June 9, 1815. Letter to Count Mollien, his finance minister during the 'Hundred Days,' regarding a request to move the distribution of the Legion of Honor decorations from July 14th to the 11th. In fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds (vertical fold passing through center of the signature) and toning to edges.The day that Napoleon signed this letter, the Congress of Vienna signed their Final Act, hoping to settle the issues that arose from the French Revolution and subsequent Napoleonic Wars once and for all by redistributing territories to promote a more practical balance of power between nations. With his enemies closing in, Napoleon left for Waterloo three days later—a last ditch effort at survival; he was brutally defeated on the 18th, making this one of the last letters he would have signed while in power. Typically held on July 14, Bastille Day, the Legion of Honor ceremony that Napoleon discusses in this letter would clearly not take place. A significant letter written just three days before his final departure from Paris, a week before his fall from power.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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