Lot n° 3
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CAMBACÉRÈS (Jean-Jacques Régis). Letter signed... - Lot 3 - Osenat
CAMBACÉRÈS (Jean-Jacques Régis). Letter signed as archchancellor of the Empire, TO CHARLES-MAURICE DE TALLEYRAND-PERIGORD, minister of Foreign Relations. Paris, January 14, 1807. 1 p. 1/2 in-4, pale freckles. "Prince, I answer the two letters that you had the attention to write me on December 30... First of all, I thank you for the news you give me, and especially for the details which interest the emperor. I like to gather them, and to learn them from you, as from someone who has the same feelings for our august monarch as I do. The bulletins which I received from M. Maret [Hugues-Bernard Maret, Minister Secretary of State], will be found today in Le Moniteur. THE BRILLIANT SUCCESSES THAT THEY ANNOUNCE ARE MADE TO ADD TO THE JUST ADMIRATION THAT INSPIRED FOR A LONG TIME THIS ONE [NAPOLEON I]WHO, IN THIS OCCURRENCE, HAS KNOWN HOW TO DISPERSE A CONSIDERABLE ARMY, WITHOUT NEEDING TO ENGAGE A GENERAL ACTION [allusion to the combats of Pultusk and Golymin delivered against the Russian armies on December 26, 1806]. I have sent to H.I.H. Princess Caroline [Caroline Bonaparte, wife of Joachim Murat] and to Mr. Archambaud [probably Archambaud de Talleyrand-Périgord, younger brother of the prince], the letters that you write to them. WITH REGARD TO M. DE SEGUR, HE HAD ALREADY RECEIVED A LETTER FROM M. DE CAULAINCOURT, DATED THE 26TH, WHICH ANNOUNCED TO HIM THAT HIS SON WAS A PRISONER. As the means of exchange are not lacking, M. de Ségur hopes that the captivity of his son will not be long [the future general Philippe-Paul de Ségur, son of the general and grand master of the Ceremonies Louis-Philippe de Ségur, had been made prisoner by the Cossacks in Pultusk]... ". Before leaving for the campaign in September 1806, Napoleon I had entrusted his arch-chancellor CAMBACERES with a role of trust: he was to dispatch current affairs, preside over the Senate, the Council of Ministers, the administrative councils, the Council of State ... but without being able to decide anything outside of an express delegation. - In semi-disgrace because of his dissensions with Napoleon I on the question of the continental blockade, THE PRINCE OF TALLEYRAND had nevertheless been entrusted with a delicate mission: to ensure from Warsaw the logistics of the Grand Army engaged in Polish territory. To the satisfaction and even astonishment of the Emperor, he carried out this task under very difficult conditions with incredible efficiency: he managed to ensure military supplies, but also to reorganize the fortifications of the cities under French control, and even to support the anti-Russian nationalist movements. An autograph letter signed by the historian and curator of the Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal Frantz Funck-Brentano (1896) is attached.
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