Lot 1124: Zakrevsky, Arseny



2015-09-16 14:12:17

Lot 1124: Zakrevsky Arseny: (1783-1865) Russian Statesman And Minister Of The Interior 1828-31 Under Nicholas I, & Potapov Aleksei Russian Officer, Commander Of Nicholas Pavlovich Headquarters. A Set Of Two Very Interesting And Excellent Content Historical Letters Signed, The First Being L.S., Aleksei Potapov, With A Lengthy Autograph Postscript, Three Pages, 4To, Saint Petersburg, 1St December 1825, To Arseny Andreievich [Zakrevsky], In Cyrillic. The Letter, On A Black Bordered Mourning Paper, Is Dated The Day Of The Emperor'S Alexander I Death, And States 'By The Order Of His Imperial Highness Grand Duke Nikolai Pavlovich The Following Information Must Be Communicated To His Highness. What Arrangements Have Been Done About The Administration Of The Oath Of Allegiance By The Troops Of The Finnish Independent Corps Under Your Command; Have Finnish Troops Already Sworn Allegiance; And When Are You Planning To Send The Communication Of This Oath And Of The Other Troops Of The Finnish Corps. His Highness Wants It To Be Done As Soon As Possible, Specially By The Finnish Troops Under Your Command.'. Potapov Further Adds A Postscriptum Saying 'His Highness Wants The Oath Of Allegiance To His Majesty Konstantin Pavlovitch To Be Done As Soon As Possible. I Would Immediately Communicate It To His Highness.' The Letter Is Addressed To Zakrevsky In His Capacity As Commander Of The Finnish Armies. Written In Another Hand To The Upper Part Of The Letter ' Received On December 3, 1825 At 11:30 A.M.'. The Second Letter Being A L.S., Arseny Zakrevsky, Six Pages, 4To, N.P., 3Rd December 1825, To Aleksei Nikolaevich [Potapov], In Cyrillic. Zakrevski Starts Saying 'Answer To Potapov'S Letter, Received 1St December, Directed To His Imperial Highness Grand Duke Nikolai Pavlovich.' And Refers To The News Received 'I Have Been Informed About His Majesty Emperor'S Alexander Pavlovich Death By The State Secretary Of The Grand Duchy Of Finland Count Rehbinder.'. Zakrevsky Continues With A Lengthy Response Explaining All Steps Performed With Full Detail And Starts With A Very Interesting Information Saying 'On 30Th November, At 5 A.M, We Received The Minister Of War Dispatch, Dated 27Th November….With The Decree And Form Of The Oath.' And ' The Same Day I Did Communicate To The Troops Of The Finnish Independent Corps The Order About The Oath Of Allegiance, And Suggested To The Imperial Senate Of Finland That The Oath Of Allegiance To His Imperial Majesty Emperor Konstantin Pavlovich Should Be Sworn In The Senate And All Over Finland.' Zakrevsky Continues Referring To All Steps Taken To Get The Oath Of Allegiance And Ends With 'A Package Under The Number 3534 In The Name Of His Majesty Emperor Konstantin Pavlovich Has Been Sent On December 1 Together With My Report Number 3533 About The Administration Of Oath Of Allegiance Of The Senate Of Finland And Other Helsinki Departments And Officers, And About The Command To Fulfill This Duty In The Rest Of Finland.' An Interesting Reference To Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich When Zakrevsky Concludes His Letter Referring To Him As "His Imperial Majesty Emperor Konstantin Pavlovich". The Two Letters Are Tied Together At The Left Edge With The Original Thin Coloured Ribbon. Vg, 2 . Alexander Pavlovich (1777-1825) Alexander I, Emperor Of Russia 1801-25. Died 1St December 1825. Nicholas Pavlovich (1796-1855) Nicholas I, Emperor Of Russia 1825-55. Konstantin Pavlovich (1779-1831) Second Son Of Emperor Paul I. He Was The Tsesarevich Of Russia Throughout The Reign Of His Elder Brother Emperor Alexander I. The Grand Duke Konstantin Had Secretly Renounced To The Throne In 1823. This Two Interesting Letters Show How A Day Prior The Emperor'S Death, His Brother Nicholas Presses Zakrevsky In Order To Get Urgently The Finnish Troops Oath Of Allegiance To His Elder Brother Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich, The Tsesarevich, As He Wasn'T Aware Of Konstantin Renounce. For 25 Days, From 1St To 26Th December, He Was Known As His Imperial Majesty Konstantin I Emperor Of All Russias. This Succession Controversy Became The Cause Of The Decembrist Revolt. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction October 2015 Saturday, 3rd October 2015 Estimate: £800-1200
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