Lot 272: LS in French, signed "Np," one page, 7.25 x 9, May 6, 1811. Letter to the Duke of Feltre. In full (translated): "I am answering your report of the fifth of May. It is desired that the conscripts who are at Civita Vendina, Genoa, and Livorno are directed on to Corsica or the Isle of Elba, see that they are gathered in the cities where they are much needed." An additional slip with a notation in another hand is pinned to the lower left. In fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds and trivial soiling. A particularly interesting letter as Napoleon is credited for introducing the modern concept of conscription to Europe, by which he was able to raise a massive army to expand and protect his empire. Also notable is his mention of the Isle of Elba, where he would live in exile after the Bourbon Restoration in 1814. An especially clean, attractive example from Napoleon at the height of his power.
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Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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