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1801 - NAPOLEON. Document signed. Paris: 17 Fructidor, circa 1800-1804. Tall quarto (8-1/2 by 13 inches), one page on official Etat-Major General stationery, matted and framed with portrait, entire piece measures 23 by 21 inches. $8200.Military promotion, elevating a Captain to Major, signed "Bonaparte" by Napoleon as First Consul, additionally signed by Marshal Francios Lefebvre, one of the original 18 "Marshals of the Empire" created by Napoleon in 1804.In this document, Capitaine Dechassey (Captain) of the First Military Division is requesting the rank of "Chef de Batallion" (Major). Dechassez writes, "Je prends la liberté de solliciter de vous le grade de chef de bataillon, mes services, campagnes et actions donc je joins ici l'Etat, les temoignages avantageux des officieres generaux sous les quels j'ai fait la guerre, l'estime et l'attachement dont ils m'ont constament honoré, tout les titres que je soumette a votre bonté" [roughly, I take the liberty of soliciting the rank of major, whereby my services, campaigns and actions I here enclose with the testimony of general officers under whom I waged war, who have shown my constant esteem and attachment, all the titles I hereby submit for your good will]. The principal testimony supporting this appeal is that of Marshal François Lefebvre, one of the original 18 "Marshals of the Empire," a rank created by Napoleon, who went on to become the Duc of Dantzig after successfully besieging and conquering that city in 1807. While this document is not dated, it clearly dates after December 12, 1799, when Napoleon was named "Premier Consul de la Republique," as he is referred to in this document, and prior to his coronation as Emperor on December 2, 1804. Beginning with his coronation as Emperor, Napoleon began to sign his documents as "Napoleon," or more commonly, "Nap," or "Np," rather than using "Bonaparte," as in this document. Text in French. A bit of minor marginal toning, faint fold lines, near-fine condition. Napoleon's "Bonaparte" signature bold. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
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