VILLENEUVE (Pierre-Charles de). Signed autograph...

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VILLENEUVE (Pierre-Charles de). Signed autograph...

VILLENEUVE (Pierre-Charles de). Signed autograph letter to Admiral Eustache Bruix. Toulon, 19 floréal year VI[8 May 1798]. 1 p. 1/2 in-folio, tab track on the back. "Receive my compliment... on your elevation to the Ministry of the Navy, a person better than anyone else can know the state of anarchy and dissolution in which the department entrusted to you is located, and it is already a great advantage to know well the evil to which we are called to bring remedy. You have a habit, a facility of work, and precious talents to honestly fulfill the career you have just begun, all these reasons make us favorably bode well for the results of your administration, and carry with hope, the consolation in our souls. Thus yesterday we discussed this news with the few of our comrades who, used to thinking, carry in their hearts the love of their profession, and the passion for the glory of the pavilion. I wish to be well known to you so that you may appreciate the sincerity of my wishes for the glory of your ministry and always count me among those who, strangers to all the passions that divide us, have no other purpose than to respond on all occasions to the expressions of trust that the government is willing to give them. I kiss you and wish you all kinds of happiness and health.... "Recommended by General Hoche, Admiral Bruix had been appointed to the Ministry of Marine and Colonies on 27 April 1798 and would remain in office until 2 July of the following year. He would organize a naval expedition, which he would lead, in support of the Eastern army and, although he would skillfully thwart British surveillance, he would not succeed, however, because of the poor quality of his crews. He would then participate in the organization of the Boulogne camp. Letter written by the Admiral de Villeneuve 11 days before his departure for Egypt. He would serve in Abukir, from which he would emerge unscathed, and would be the great defeated of Trafalgar.
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