Lot 987: Napoleon I

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Lot 987: Napoleon I: (1769-1821) Emperor Of France 1804-14, 1815. A.N.S., Np, To The Left Margin Of A L.S., Bertrand, One Page, Folio, Porto Ferrajo, 6Th September 1814, In French. The Document Is A Report Signed By The Grand Marshal Bertrand And Addressed To His Majesty, Informing About The Expenses Approved By Napoleon And Spent On Two Roads Works. Bertrand Asks For Payment Authorization And If The Amount Spent Can Be Taken Out From The Unexpected Expenses Budget. In His Boldly (And Typically Erratically) Writing, Napoleon Has Penned A Two Lines Note Stating 'I Have Requested A Report On The Roads Situation'. Documents Bearing Holograph Notes By Napoleon Are Rare And Desirable. The Letter Features A Circular Watermark With An Attractive Napoleon'S Image. Some Very Light, Minor Age Wear To The Upper Edge, Otherwise Vg. Porto Ferraio Is The Elba Island'S Principal Town. In April 1814 The Allies Exiled Napoleon To Elba Giving Him Sovereignty Over The Island. During The Ten Months The Emperor Remained In The Island Before Escaping, He Created A Small Navy And Army, And Developed The Iron Mines, Important Works, And Issued Decrees On Modern Agricultural Methods. Henri-Gatien, Count Bertrand (1773-1844) French General. Grand Marshal Of The Palace Since November 1813, Title Given To Refer To The Leader Of The Military Household Of The Emperor. The Responsibilities Of His Position Included: Keeping Accounts Of The Expenses And Ensuring The Security Of The Household. He Exercised His Duties During The Last Days Of The Empire As Well As In Exile On The Islands Of Elba And Saint Helena, Up Until The Death Of The Emperor International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction October 2015 Saturday, 3rd October 2015 Estimate: £1200-1500
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