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Lot #175
Joseph Bonaparte

To Andrew Jackson on Rebecca Gratz

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To Andrew Jackson on Rebecca Gratz

Older brother of Napoleon (1868-1844) who served as King of Spain from 1808 to 1813, and King of Naples from 1806 to 1808. ALS in French, signed “Joseph, Cte de Survilliers,” one page both sides, 8 x 10, June 7, 1831. Letter to “Monsieur le President,” Andrew Jackson, concerning noted Jewish-American educator and philanthropist Rebecca Gratz. In part (translated): “I have received the letter that you were so kind to write to me on May 23 and I have received with pleasure Madame Gratz, as well as the difficult circumstances in which I am now have allowed me because I have received very bad news from my family. Madame Gratz has seemed to me in every point absolutely worthy of the interest that you devote to her, Mr. President. Would it be too much to presume of the feelings that you are kind enough to express to me, sir, than to ask your intervention with the general director…General Bernard who is here, returning to France, will explain to your excellency the nature of my requests and will explain to you my problems.” In very good condition, with repairs to tears and separations along intersecting folds. An extraordinary letter—the brother of Napoleon writing the the president of the United States on Rebecca Gratz, one of the great early American female philanthropists.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #574 - Ended January 08, 2020

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