Lot n° 67
400 - 500 EUR
PELISSIER (Friendly). 3 autographed letters...
PELISSIER (Friendly). 3 autographed letters signed to Juliette Destailleur. Sevastopol, February-September 1855. About 9 pp. in-8 in all, on 4 bifolioles, one of which has a header printed "Armée d'Orient. 1st body", some dried flowers preserved between the leaves. The future Marshal Duke of Malakoff evokes war, to this friend who recommended a young man serving in the French Expeditionary Force (as second lieutenant and then lieutenant). Juliette Destailleur was the daughter of the architect François-Hippolyte Destailleur, the sister of the architect and bibliophile Gabriel-Hipolyte Destailleur, and had married another architect, Jean-Louis-Romain De Bourge. - February 17, 1855:"... I count well when I can see you again, by the fire, tell you about the capture of Sevastopol. We are not there yet, it is a tough piece to remove & whose defense is becoming more difficult every day. However, I have good hope that with resolution & consistency we will overcome it. The newspapers tell you strange things about it.... As for me, I don't tell you anything, I examine very carefully. I often recognize that I saw better Algiers than some people here. At the moment, to activate the task, we are contributing to the work of the English, who are very good people, very solid soldiers, but who do not like to move the earth very much & whose slowness has been very damaging to us so far. It was through the Malakoff tower that the approaches should have started. We have finally made up our minds. When things have received the proper progress on this side, we can think of the final coup de collier.... " - May 12, 1855:"... We live here in constant concern... and we are so absorbed by what is happening before our eyes by this obligation that we are constantly in correspondence with those who love us... " - July 3, 1855:"... I leave you in a hurry because I will ride a horse to Kazach[bay near Cape Chersonese, east of Sevastopol] to accompany the mortal remains of this excellent Lord raglan, who was kidnapped by acute dysentery in a few days. This unexpected end causes immortal regret. For my part, I deeply regret it because it would be difficult to be more benevolent & more affectionate than it was for me... "September 22, 1855: "Your young protégé is in good health, but I have some unpleasant news to tell you about him. He is a prisoner of the Russians and well, because of him, you will judge. It was taken this morning by the Cossacks in front of Cardon Bell Pass, occupied by his regiment. In the company of Mr. Arnauld, second lieutenant in the same corps, they had ventured alone to the village of Koklos more than a thousand metres ahead of the pass despite the most explicit recommendations and the most severe instructions not to pass the outposts... I cannot yet specify when they will be exchanged.... I like to think... that my letter will find you all healthy and satisfied with our successes of August 16[victory of the Chernaya] and September 8[capture of Malakoff], as well as my elevation to the dignity of Marshal of France... »
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