Lot #278

While in exile, the last French empress laments “how little influence I have nowadays”
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Estimate: $200+


While in exile, the last French empress laments “how little influence I have nowadays”

Last Empress consort of the French from 1853 to 1871 as the wife of Napoleon III, Emperor of the French. ALS in Spanish, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.75 x 8, black-bordered Camden Place letterhead, August 3 (and after 1870 during her exile to England). Letter to her nephew, the Duke of Alba. In part (translated): "I met with Captain Helbert but unfortunately I could do nothing for him since in the Suez Canal, England has three administrators chosen by the government and nominated by the stockholders. Of course Mr. Helbert could not be one of the French administrators...It is difficult to find a job of that nature, and unfortunately we can't even find one for our own partners who are unemployed, many in a precarious state...I'm sorry...but I hope you will understand how little influence I have nowadays." In fine condition, with intersecting folds and a bit of scattered light toning. A year earlier, at the apex of her power, Eugenie-dubbed 'the guardian angel' of the canal by her famous cousin, Ferdinand de Lesseps-opened the Suez Canal on her imperial yacht at the invitation of Khedive Ismail.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Animation
  • Dates: #620 - Ended November 10, 2021

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