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Napoleon demands examination of “altered documents”

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Napoleon demands examination of “altered documents”

LS in French, signed "Bonaparte," one page, 7.25 x 9.25, ornate Bonaparte I, Consul de la Republique letterhead, August 13, 1802. Letter to General DeJean, in full: "Citizen Minister, I am sending you the statement that the Public Revenue Office Minister remitted to me. Please suggest to me what action to take to review the documents and have an explanation of expenditure made for the fiscal year 10. I was told to be sure that more than half accounting is made of altered documents. I find in the fiscal year 10 800,000 francs to citizen Hamelin for grain supply to Corsica. This citizen has not provided grains in that island. Please take measures to acquire proofs on this item." An endorsement to top left in another hand reads, "Sent back to the Funds Office to make inquiries and compare with Citizen Boinod's accounting." In fine condition, with intersecting folds. Napoleon had only been First Consul for a little over a week when he wrote this letter requesting measures to address financial abuses.

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  • Auction Title: August
  • Dates: #533 - Ended August 08, 2018

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