Lot 14: United States Representative from Massachusetts (1771–1845) who was the brother-in-law of James Madison. ALS, one page, 8 x 7.5, August 8, 1815. Letter to President James Madison, in full: "A vessel has arrived here this morning from Spithead which place she left on the 28th of June—having London papers on board to the 26th of June which were delivered to Capt. Morris of the Congress Frigate. The Captain reports that Bonaparte after the action of the 18th, returned to Paris for more men—that he left Paris in the possession of the Bourbons and his princes, as many of them turned against him—that he had abdicated the throne & was imprisoned by the Bourbons. This report is believed by some, & debated by others—a Brig is said to be below in a short passage from France. If it should prove true & she brings any news I will endeavor to send you an anticipated account if to be obtainable before the mail closes." In very good condition, with splitting to folds, a repaired area of paper loss at bottom, and toning from tape remnants to right edge. Following his defeat at Waterloo on June 18, 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte returned to Paris to face the disfavor of a government and public eager to restore Louis XVIII to the French throne. After abdicating in favor of his four-year-old son, Napoleon attempted to flee France but was blockaded at every turn; he eventually applied for political asylum and died in exile on the island of St. Helena. An interesting early account of the fall of the famed French military leader.
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