Lot 985: Napoleon I



2015-09-16 14:11:56

Lot 985: Napoleon I: (1769-1821) Emperor Of France 1804-14, 1815. L.S., Np, (A Good Example With A Bold Flourish), One Page, 4To, Paris, 21St November 1809, To General Clarke. Napoleon Instructs His Correspondent To Write To The Duc D'Istria 'Telling Him To Affix Seals To All The Stores Containing Goods On The Island Of South Beveland, Whether Colonial Or English' And Adds That Once At Walcheren Island He Does The Same And Confiscates All Of The Stores. About Ex. Jean Baptiste Bessieres (1768-1813) Marshal Of France, Duc D'Istria. South Beveland And Walcheren Are Both Former Islands In The Province Of Zeeland In The Netherlands. In The Same Year As The Present Document, On 30Th July 1809, An Armed British Force Of 39,000 Men Landed On Walcheren, And Began The Walcheren Campaign With A View To Assisting The Austrians In Their War Against Napoleon. The Expedition Turned Into A Disaster And The British Lost Over 4,000 Men To A Disease Called 'Walcheren Fever', As Well As To Enemy Action. With The Strategic Reasons For The Campaign Gone And The Worsening Conditions, The British Force Was Withdrawn In December 1809. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction October 2015 Saturday, 3rd October 2015 Estimate: £600-900
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