Lot n° 10
2000 - 2500
DAVOUT (Louis-Nicolas). Autograph letter... - Lot 10 - Osenat
DAVOUT (Louis-Nicolas). Autograph letter signed to his wife Aimée Leclerc. TILSIT [now Sovietsk in Russia], June 25 . 1 p. 1/2 in-4, address on the back, red wax armorial seal of the Grand Écuyer de l'Empire, Armand-Louis-Augustin de Caulaincourt, tear in the address leaf due to the opening without affecting the text. "I take advantage, my little Aimée, of Mr. Montesquiou's departure [Anatole de Montesquiou, Napoleon I's officer of ordinance] to give you some news and to announce to you that from now on there is nothing to worry about, the war being over, OUR TWO EMPERORS HAVE MET TODAY AND ARE THE BEST FRIENDS. They are going to meet and work to settle all differences. Also, in a few days good harmony will be restored. ALL THESE EVENTS BRING THE GLORY OF OUR GREAT EMPEROR TO ITS LAST PERIOD: I rejoice in them as one of his servants, as a Frenchman, and also because they will reunite us rather than we could have hoped for with the best, most esteemed and most beloved of women. I do not dare to speak to you about your childbirth [Marshal Davout was still unaware that his wife had given birth four days before to their daughter Adèle, future countess of Cambaceres], I try to make myself dizzy to dissipate the strong worries that I have, I await with great impatience the first days of July to leave this pœnible state. I wrote to you yesterday from an aide-de-camp of the General Beaumont [Marc-Antoine Bonin de La Boninière de Beaumont, husband of the Marshal's sister, Julie Davout]. It is useless, my little friend, to send me a hat with a border, they are no longer in uniform. Send me two white feathered hats. A thousand assurances of attachment to the good mother, a thousand caresses to my Josephine [their eldest daughter, born in 1804], a thousand and one kisses to her excellent and beautiful mother. For life your lover and faithful sposo [husband, in Italian] L. Davout.
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