Napoleon Bonaparte Signed Letter About the Isles of Corsica and Elba, the Sites of his Birth and Exile
Category: World Leaders
Item Number: 14904
Emperor of France and great military leader. 1 page Letter Signed in French and dated May 6, 1811. Writing to his Minister of War the Duke of Feltre, Napoleon writes (translated): "I am answering your report of the fifth of May. It is desired that the conscripts who are at Civita Vendina, Genoa, and Livorno are directed on to Corsica or the Isle of Elba, see that they are gathered in the cities where they are much needed." An additional slip with a notation in another hand is pinned to the lower left. He signs in his hand "N.p."
This is a very unique letter, as it mentions two small islands on the globe that were crucial to Napoleon's destiny. He was born in 1769 on the small island of Corsica in the year that Corsica was transferred to France from Italy. After his defeat by the Alliance and his adieu at Fontainebleau in 1814, he was exiled to the tiny island of Elba off the coast of Italy. At the time of writing this letter, Napoleon was at the height of his power, and his empire was at its zenith; he could not have imagined that he would end on the small island of Elba mentioned here. Given the remoteness of both these locations and their sizes in the huge empire that Napoleon built, it seems unlikely that we would find another document mentioning both the island of his birth and the island of his exile together on one piece, making this a very special letter.
An especially clean, attractive example from Napoleon at the height of his power. Central vertical and horizontal folds and trivial soiling. In fine condition.