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    Marie Louise, Empress Consort of Napoleon, Claims Her Rights Important Autograph Letter Signed, as Empress, in French, one full page, 5" x 8", Aix-les-Bains, Savoy, July 30, 1814. To the Marquis de Bausset. Bound in full morocco, folio, with gold embossed spine and title "Marie Louise / Autograph Letter Signed"; replete with gilt edges, grosgrain front and back paste-downs, and including a 19th century engraving of the Empress, along with the tipped-in ALS and English translation. An exceptionally handsome presentation. The First Treaty of Paris, which sent Napoleon packing and off to Elba, allowed his young wife to retain her imperial rank and style, and made her the ruler of the duchies of Parma, Piacenza, and Guastalla. In this important letter, she sets out to claim what is suddenly hers: "Betake yourself to Parma with the least possible delay, to take charge there and make all the arrangements necessary for the establishment of myself and my household in the palaces that belong to the crown of the Duchies of Parma, Piacenza, and Guastalla, that have become my property by the treaty signed in Paris, the 11th of April of the present year. I authorize you to assume the position of my chief steward, which I have conferred on you in recompense for your loyal services in the past, as well as your faithful attachment to my person. You will consult with Count Marescalchi, Commisser-General of the Emperor my father [Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor], in order to have removed every obstacle that may delay the execution of my orders..." Her Imperial Majesty The Empress Marie Louise was just 23 when she became Duchess of Parma. Surprisingly, she ruled benevolently, and well, for 33 years. With full typed translation. Some expert rice paper repairs have been made at the corners, else very fine.

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