Napoleon I. Autograph

SKU: 8008436

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Letter signed, 1 1/4 pages (both sides), 7,25 x 9,25 inch, Berlin, 3.11.1806 (soon after the fortress of Küstrin had been taken & about one week after Napoleon`s triumphant arrival in Berlin), in French, important letter to Marshal Davout (1770-1823) - concerning military affairs, signed (as Emperor) in black ink "Napol", with mild intersecting letter folds - in fine to very fine condition.

"Mon Cousin, ne consommez pas les vivres de siege de Custrin. Ces approvisionnemens sont très difficiles à faire, et Custrin est une place de première ligne; portez au contraire tous vos soins à les conserver. Continuez à tirer vos subsistances de Francfort & de Landsberg. Je donne ordre que tout ce qui appartient a votre corps d`armée, qui serait aux dépots de Erfurt, Wittemberg, Spandau et autres depôts en arriere se rendent à Custrin. Si vous le jugez convenable, vous pouvez envoyer une bonne division d`infanterie à Landsberg. La division Beaumont est arrivée aujourd`hui; je la laisserai reposer deux jours; immédiatement après je vous l`enverrai. Le corps que commande le Prince Jerome sera réuni le 4 à Crossen et appuyera einsi votre droite; il se chargera de vous couvrir de tout ce qui pourrait deboucher de la Silésie. Il a plus de trois mille hommes de cavalerie, Bavarois et Wurtembergeois. Sur ce je prie Dieu qu`il vous ait en sa sainte et digne garde. A Berlin le 3 novembre 1806 à cinq heures du matin.

"Cousin, do not consume Küstrin's siege supplies. These supplies are very difficult to make, and Küstrin is a place in the front line; on the contrary, take all your care to preserve them. Continue to draw your subsistence from Frankfurt & Landsberg. I give orders that all that belongs to your army corps, which would be in the depots of Erfurt, Wittenberg, Spandau and other depots in the rear, befall to Küstrin. If you think that it is appropriate, you can send a good infantry division to Landsberg. Beaumont's division arrived today; I will let it rest for two days; immediately afterwards I will send it to you. The corps commanded by Prince Jerome will be assembled on the 4th at Crossen and will thus support your right flank; he will undertake to cover you against anything that might come out of Silesia. He has more than three thousand cavalry men, Bavarians and Wurtembergers. Whereupon I pray to God that he keeps you in his holy and worthy protection. In Berlin on November 3, 1806 at five o'clock in the morning.

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(1769-1821) French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution.

Year of Birth: 1769

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