MANUSCRIPTS - NAPOLEON'S PARIS. Autograph letter, signed with initials (?"P.J.C."), to Miss Rudd at Bangor ("my beloved Sarah"), describing his life in Paris during the Peace of Amiens, 1802
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MANUSCRIPTS - NAPOLEON'S PARIS. Autograph letter, signed with initials (?"P.J.C."), to Miss Rudd at Bangor ("my beloved Sarah"), describing his life in Paris during the Peace of Amiens, 1802
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MANUSCRIPTS - NAPOLEON'S PARIS
Autograph letter, signed with initials (?"P.J.C."), to Miss Rudd at Bangor ("my beloved Sarah"), describing his life in Paris during the Peace of Amiens, covering his visits to the theatre, encounters at the Palais Royale, the ubiquitous military ("...every Theatre resembles a guard house..."), relics of Rousseau (which he sees at the composer Grétry's house), Versailles, the grape harvest, visits to the porcelain factory, etc.; address panel on verso, Foreign Office postmark, etc., 3 closely-written pages, some creasing, overall dust-staining and minor wear, tear at one edge, but sound condition, folio, "Palais Royale – Paris", 23 October 1802

Footnotes

  • VISITS TO DAVID'S STUDIO AND MEETING EXILED IRISH PATRIOTS IN PARIS. Our author, who has managed to find digs in the Palais-Royal, no less, gives a fine account of the heady days when Napoleon's Paris welcomed English visitors after the Treaty of Amiens, describing, for example, how he "met and conversed with almost all the Irish Rebels" including "Mrs Tone (Miss Witherington that was)" and how "Curran introduced me to a Paintress, Mademoiselle Juillet, an Elève of David, the most famous Painter here, but who Was, the dear friend of Robespierre", adding "I have been twice at David's". He also, of course, looks forward to meeting Charles James Fox ("...& his wife (for he avows Mrs Armstrong...") as well as boasting of encounters with such luminaries as "Mr West — the President of the Royal Academy in London".
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