Empress of Austria (1717–1780) and mother of Marie Antoinette. Large collection of approximately 100 official letters to Ludwig Count Zinzendorf and his brother Charles, all in German, some single-page and some multi-page. The letters, all LSs, span many years. One letter, dated December 16, 1766, reads, in part: (translated): “I have learned that the clerks of my departments have been instructed to be present at the chancellery on Sundays and non-exempted holidays, in such a way that they are frequently prevented from attending the Holy Mass and paying their devotion. As it is my policy that civil servants must by no means be detained from fulfilling their religious duties, I hereby issue the directive that from now on a rule be introduced in all my departments both in Vienna and in the country, stating that on Sundays and non-exempted holidays only one or two clerks must be present, on a rotating basis, and only after first having properly been to Holy Mass, so as that they may attend to any urgent matters that may present themselves.” In overall fine condition. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
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