Cardinal Mazarin, Jules
Letter signed, one page - addressed to the reverse of a conjoined sheet, 9 x 12,25 inch, Paris, 30.06.1643, in French, to the President of Parliament at Pau - concerning affection for the service of the King, signed in black ink "Le Card. Mazarin" - with an added three-line autograph salutation, attractively mounted (removable) for display with a picture, shows Cardinal Jules Mazarin in a beautiful chest-up portrait (altogether 16,5 x 13,25 inch), with intersecting letter folds, light soiling and creasing - in nearly fine condition. "Monsieur Quoi je ne connaisse pas particulièrement votre personne; vous portez un nom siconnu, que je ne doute point que vous n'ayez toutes les bonnes qualités qui sont estimées ceux de votre profession. Pour ce qui est de la passion que j'ai pour ce qui regarde M. vostre frère; Je croirais manquer d'amour pour la vertu et d'affection pour le service du Roy, si je n`avais en vue particuliere un homme qu'il sert si dignement & qui a rendu tant d'epreuver de sa valeur & de sa conduite. Je ne sais donc en cela que suivre mon inclination, & que satisfaire à la justice. Je serais bien aise aussi d'avoir lieu de vous pouvoir temoigner l'estime que je sais de votre merite et la veritable affection avec laquelle vous m`obligerez de croire que je suis, & plus que personne du monde." Translated: "Although I do not know your person particularly well: You have a name so well known that I do not doubt that you have all the good qualities which are esteemed by your profession. As for the passion which I have for what concerns your brother; I would think I would lack love for virtue, and affection for the service of the King, if I did not, in particular, consider a man whom he serves so dignified, and who has given so much proof of his worth and his conduct. So I only know how to follow my passion and be fair to justice. I also wish to express to you the honor of your merit, and the true affection with which you will oblige me to believe that I am, and more than anyone else in the world." King Louis XIII died a month prior to this letter and Cardinal Richilieu had been dead for six months. Louis' wife, Queen Anne of Austria, was declared Regent of France (for her 5-year-old son, King Louis XIV) and she made Mazarin her chief minister and head of her government.
|Profession||born Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino - Italian cardinal, diplomat and politician, who served as the chief minister to the kings of France Louis XIII and Louis XIV from 1642 until his death.|
|Year of birth||1602|
|year of death||1661|
|Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm)||9 x 12,25 (altogether 16,5 x 13,25 inch)|
|Type of Autograph||letters|