DescriptionRare Napoleon Bonaparte Letter Signed "Napoleon", one page, St. Cloud, October 29, 1804 (7 Brumaire XIII) to Monsieur Duroc, Marshall General of the Palace. Secretarially penned, 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...". Bold, legible signature, even toning, smoothed folds. Fine condition. This seemingly routine letter was anything but. Napoleon had been having an affair with Madame de Vaudey and was caught with her at least on one occasion by the Empress Josephine. The ensuing row was happily reconciled 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.
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