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Item 289 - Jean-Baptiste Kleber Catalog 543 (Jan 2019)

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French general under Napoleon (1753-1800) who commanded French forces during their Egyptian campaign in the late 1790s. LS in French, signed "Kleber," one page both sides, 8.5 x 12, Republique Francais letterhead, June 1, 1800. Letter to General Donzelot, written just two weeks before his assassination in Cairo. In part (translated): "All things considered, it was extremely difficult for Murad Bey to act differently regarding Dervish Pasha. By cutting off Omar Kachef's head, he followed the will of God and compensated in part for his lenient treatment of Dervish Pasha...I enclose copies of letters I received from Murad Bey and my replies...Send me the Coptic Recruits, lead, pewter, horses, camels, grain, and money. And, because all is quiet in your area now thanks to the help that Murad Bey is offering you against the Arabs, you may be able to do without one Battallion from the 2lst and send it to General Zayonchek [in command of 1,000 Polish troops he raised for Napoleon's army in Egypt] in the 2nd District so that he can send us the 88th Brigade. This would be of great service to us because within two months I expect to be attacked again." Central horizontal and vertical folds, scattered creases and wrinkles, and a bit of light toning, otherwise fine condition.

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