- A superb Napoleon Bonaparte signed note, sent to his Minister of War on November 19, 1813
Napoleon is one of history's most iconic figures. As emperor of France, his actions shaped Europe in the early 19th century.
Following a successful coup d'etat in 1799, Napoleon went on to conquer much of Western and North Eastern Europe.
Napoleon was key in establishing a legal framework used across much of Europe, based on meritocracy, and his military strategy is still widely studied across the world.
When the Duke of Wellington was asked to name the greatest general of the day, he answered: "In this age, in past ages, in any age, Napoleon."
This note is dated November 19th 1813 and addressed to Minister of War General Henri Clarke, Duc De Feltre.
"We will have to make a decision concerning the Berg Regiment, meanwhile as having two of its battalions seems to worry General Latour Maubourg, send one to Brest. On this I pray god to keep you under his divine protection."
This note was written one month after the Battle of Nations, and other than a few pinhole marks in the lower left corner is in excellent condition.
The note is written in another hand, and signed clearly by Napoleon in dark ink.
The signature is fresh and crisp with no smudging or fading.
A superb piece.
Provenance: ex Stanley Gibbons
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