Emperor of France.
Letter Signed, one page quarto, Paris, May 15, 1815. To his longtime ally, Hugues Maret, then the Duc de Bassano.
Napoleon had abdicated at Fontainebleau April 6, 1814 and was exiled to Elba. He escaped from Elba the end of February, 1815, and arrived in Paris on March 20 and began the legendary Hundred Days. Great enthusiasm had welcomed his arrival but there was also significant opposition to going back to war. The cities and towns of France who had contributed enormous amounts of money for his military campaigns now contributed very little. The French people were not sharing Napoleon’s desire, nurtured on Elba, of resuming his military campaigns.
Less than six weeks later, on June 18, Napoleon was back on the familiar field of battle — for the most part he was the same old Napoleon and that was his problem. The English duke of Wellington had studied Napoleon’s unconventional and innovative strategies and tactics and anticipated his moves, resulting in Waterloo.
“On the list of Senators you sent me indicating those who attended the Senate sessions dealing with the dethronement, the Chief Treasurer’s name does not appear. I would like to have an exact copy of the minutes of the proceedings of all these sessions, and I would like you to do some investigating and let me know just how the Chief Treasurer conducted himself during that period; because if he attended the first session, I would regret having made him the Grand Master of the University, and so, as a further consequence, it would be impossible for me to provide him with a rank which would place him close to me every day.”
Framed (in a gold frame, with a decorative filet surrounded the letter and two nineteenth medallions of Napoleon, one on horseback and the other a memorial bust) dimensions: 20 inches wide by 18 5/8 inches high.
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