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Paris: September 29, 1812., 1812.. Fine. - Approximately 110 words penned on 9-1/2 inch high by 7-1/2 inch wide creamy white Napoleonic watermarked paper. Addressed to "Monsieur L'Administrateur", the author acknowledges receipt of the administrator's letter appointing Mr. Bobone to the position of overseer of declarations at Port Maurice "vous m'avez fait l'honneur de m'ecrire le 26 de ce mois, l'annonce de la nomination qui vient d'etre faire, sur votre proposition, de M. Bobone a la place de Receveur aux declarations au Bureau principal de Port Maurice...." Signed "C. Cornetto". The letter is penned on Napoleonic watermarked paper with a large portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte (4 inches in diameter) watermarked in blind on the cover sheet within an oval border with the legend "Napoleon Empereur des Francais, Roi d'Italie" and with the large 4 inch in diameter watermark of the imperial eagle in blind on the attached blank leaf. The papermaker's name "F. Johannot" is marked in blind across both pages. The letter is folded vertically and horizontally with some minor creases to the bottom right corners. A thin strip of clear archival quality document tape adheres to the inner edge of the last blank page, lightly obscuring the letter "a" in the papermaker's watermarked name. Near fine.

From the collection of James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford and 9th Earl of Balcarres, with his attractive "Bibliotheca Lindesiana" stamp centered at the bottom with the words framing an oval depiction of an eagle over a crown and with a crown pictured above the oval frame. There is a manuscript number noted beside it.

The British astronomer and politician James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford and 9th Earl of Balcarres was a noted collector of books and manuscripts. Starting with his father's substantial library as a base Lindsay went on to assemble one of the largest private libraries of his time, the Bibliotheca Lindesiana. Although reversals of fortune forced him to sell much of his rare book library, Lindsay continued to collect manuscripts, letters and documents from the French Revolutionary era.

F. Johannot manufactured his watermarked paper at the Johannot Mill in Annonay, France. The paper historian Dard Hunter claimed that the Johannot Mill created the finest watermarking of the 19th century.
      [Bookseller: Blue Mountain Books & Manuscripts, Ltd.]

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