Lot 517: Berthier, Louis-Alexandre



2015-09-16 14:07:30

Lot 517: Berthier Louis-Alexandre: (1753-1815) Marshal Of France And Chief Of Staff Under Napoleon. L.S., Berthier, Two Pages, Folio, Alassio, 6 Fructidor An 3 (23Rd August 1795), To Adjutant General Prisye, On The Printed Stationery Of The General Headquarters Of The Army Of The Alps And Italy And Featuring A Vignette Of The Figure Of Liberty Carrying A Phrygian Cap, In French. Berthier Writes, In Part, 'I Have Received, Citizen, Your Letter Of 23 Thermidor In Which You Tell Me That You Were Unable To Arrive At The Destination Which General Kellermann Had Assigned To You. The Representative Of The People….Having Decided That In View Of The Lack Of General Officers In The 3Rd Division You Should Be Sent To La Bonne-Ville In Order To Provisionally Take Over The Command Of That Division, I Have Informed General Kellermann Of This Change Of Plans. There Is No Problem, Citizen, With You Taking Citizens Lebon And Andrieux As Your Deputies. The Decree Of The Committee Of Public Safety Which States That Deputies Can Only Be Chosen From Lieutenants Does Not Appertain To Captains….Who Fulfilled These Functions At The Time The Law Was Promulgated And Who Have Not Ceased To Fulfil These Duties. I Have Written On This Subject Several Days Ago To Generals Moulin And Piston, So You May Ask Them To Approve The Two Deputies You Propose; From The High Praise You Have For These Two Soldiers, These Generals Cannot Help But Give Their Assent Immediately. As For Me, I Give You Mine…'. Some Light Staining And Some Extensive Fraying At The Edges, Causing A Few Small Areas Of Paper Loss, Not Affecting The Text Or Signature, G Francois Christophe De Kellermann (1735-1820) Marshal Of France.] International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction September 2015 Saturday, 26th September 2015 Estimate: £150-200
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