Lot 251: Queen Christina

RR Auction

2015-06-29 15:05:27

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Lot 251: Sweden's only ruling Queen (1626–1689) who converted to Catholicism and abdicated the throne in 1654. ALS in French, signed "Christine," one page both sides, 7 x 9.5, docketed October 13, 1650. Letter to the French ambassador to her court, M. Chanut. In part (translated): "Your secretary has beseeched me to write these lines to you on his behalf and ask you to for him with your assistance at the court of France for the purpose of obtaining residence there…I leave the rest in your hands as you deem appropriate with regard to matters of the King and other relative circumstances…I believe, that a few months from now he will be shrewd enough not to want to continue to reside here, and I believe that a few months will not cause him to regret his ambition, for when Stockholm changes ministers, he will perhaps prefer a lesser status in Paris, than a greater one here." Scattered soiling, toning to edges, show-through from writing to opposing sides, and the signature a shade light, otherwise fine condition. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453 Sunday, 17th May 2015 Estimate: $2500-3000
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