Lot 273: Brother-in-law of Napoleon known as a daring and charismatic cavalry officer (1767–1815) who was Grand Duke of Berg from 1806 to 1808 and King of Naples from 1808 to 1815. ALS in French, signed "J, Murat," three pages on two adjoining sheets, 8.25 x 11.75, July 4, 1801. Letter to Adjutant Commander Achille Dampierre, written as General in Chief of the Army of Observation of the South. In part (translated): "The Ambassador of the Republic of the Court of Naples can no longer undertake to submit to the Neapolitan Government the different applications that circumstances force me to reiterate, and fearful of hurting its delicacy or the dignity of his character, you will get to Naples where you will establish until further notice.I charge you primarily to seek the implementation of the various commitments that have taken towards M. le chevalier Acton relative to the arming of Taranto; You will try to get the crews of the three frigates which must be transferred to us, at our disposal for us, help to Taranto, where they will immediately debark and be put at the disposal of the Government…You me will send exactly, and by extraordinary mail all the news that you will learn of Egypt; take good care, primarily relate in your reports the dates and the times you know. Send a secret and secure agent to Sicily. I'll give you funds for this purpose; It would be very easy in Sicily to procure reliable information on Egypt. I will make known to General Soult your mission to Naples; there you will also address the claims that you may have to this Court. I am comfortable saving Citizen Alquier the little details for an Ambassador, and confident of this mission, I pay with pleasure just tribute of praise that deserve your zeal and your intelligence." He adds a postscript, signed "JM," in full: "I gave the order to the payer to give one thousand francs per month and two thousand for your trip." In fine condition. This letter precedes the Siege of Alexandria in Egypt, fought from August 17, 1801, to September 2, 1801, in which the British drove the French from the city.
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