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    Napoleon dismisses his mistress from the "Palace of the Empress"

    Napoleon Bonaparte Letter Signed "Napoleon". One page, 7.25" x 8.5", St. Cloud, October 29, 1804 (7 Brumaire XIII) to Monsieur Duroc, Marshall General of the Palace. Secretarially penned in French, this letter translates in part:

    "I send this letter to you that I accept the resignation given by Madame de Vaudey who was in charge of the women of the Palace of the Empress; this woman in henceforth to be considered a stranger at the Palace. I pray that God may watch over you with his Holy Protection."

    This was not a routine letter. Napoleon had been having an affair with the attractive blue-eyed Elizabeth de Vaudey and was caught with her on at least one occasion by the Empress Josephine. The ensuing row was happily reconciled, though, with the forced resignation and eviction of Madame de Vaudey. This splendid manuscript pertains to the most personal side of Napoleon's life and, as such, is much more desirable than the usual bureaucratic documents bearing his signature which surface regularly on the market. Bold, legible signature; even toning and smoothed folds.


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