Letter signed, one page, 7 x 9 inch - affixed on slightly larger red cardboard, Paris, 16.01.1811*, in French, to French Marshal Louis-Alexandre Berthier (1753-1815) - concerning instructions for the Jean-Baptiste Bessières, 1st Duc d' Istria (1768-1813), signed in black ink "Np", attractively mounted (removable) for fine display with a picture, shows Napoleon I. in a chest-up portrait in uniform (altogether 16,5 x 11,75 inch), with mild intersecting letter folds and scattered signs of wear to the edges - in fine condition. Translated: "My cousin, your proposal for the first instruction to the Duke of Istria seems good to me. Send it to him together with my Decree which you should consider as signed, and that the Minister of War will give you. You can send Gen. [Jean] Lecamus to the Duke of Istria. Have him leave right away. The Duke of Istria is authorized to make any move he feels appropriate, to concentrate his hospitals, his stores, in other words, to make any decisions necessary for the good of my service. You will authorize him to write to the King of Spain [Joseph Bonaparte], the Duke of Dalmatia, General Suchet, General Drouet and the Prince of Essling to learn of their actions. You will let him know that he is to take command of the Corps of General Drouet, if this Corps enters Spain, and that in case of unforeseen circumstances, he must support and give assistance to the army of Portugal. This being said, I pray God that he keep you, my Cousin, in his holy and worthy care. NP Paris, 16 January 1811 To the Major General [Alexandre Berthier]" * Lecamus had returned to Spain on January 15, 1811, as Chief of Staff of the Army of the North. The Duke of Istria, Jean-Baptiste Bessières, was sent back the same year. In 1811, he was sent back to Spain again to lead the Army of the North. He mostly fought counter-insurgency operations and proved a difficult and touchy colleague to his fellow army commanders, especially Marshal Masséna.
|Profession||French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution|
|Year of birth||1769|
|year of death||1821|
|Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm)||7 x 9 (altogether 16,5 x 11,75)|
|Type of Autograph||letters|