Lot n° 18
400 - 500
Result with fees
DROUOT (Antoine). 4 letters, 3 autographed... - Lot 18 - Osenat
DROUOT (Antoine). 4 letters, 3 autographed and one signed, addressed to General Henri-Gatien Bertrand. Nancy, 1831-1842. Some tears due to the openings, with damage to some words. Nancy, May 13, 1831. " ... IN YOUR QUALITY AS TESTAMENTARY EXECUTIVE [OF NAPOLEON I], you must receive a great number of complaints which it is often impossible for you to satisfy. I THEREFORE ASK YOU TO DISPOSE OF THE 500 F. THAT I RECEIVE TO GIVE HELP or a small allowance to the people you think deserve it more... My health has just been bad, I thought for a few days that I would be able to say goodbye to this world on the 5th of May, the anniversary of the death of my benefactor: but my time had not come, because I am recovering very well... ". - Nancy, October 20, 1836. " ... I will accompany you by thought and by heart on the long journey you are about to undertake [to the West Indies, to the family of his wife, Fanny Dillon]: it will be all the easier for me to follow you as I know a little of the places you are going to inhabit: having been part of Admiral Villeneuve's expedition in 1805, I lived for 22 days in the Fort-Royal of Martinique... IN ADDITION TO THIS SABRE THAT THE EMPEROR GIVEN YOU AT FONTAINEBLEAU, HE GIVEN ONE TO MACDONALD, ONE TO THE DUKE OF VICENCE AND ONE TO ME. Mine is a Turkish saber which has nothing particular. Since I am blind, I have made a present of this sword to the museum of Nancy: I have attached to it a star of the Legion of Honor which was worn by the emperor, and his hair which was given to me by Mr. Marchand and by Mde la c[omte]sse Bertrand. We erected a trophy of it... ". - Etc.
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