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1744 Rare King Louis XV Declaration of War with England in French and German
1744 Declaration of War from Louis XV to the King of England, 4, text in French and German, signed at the conclusion of both translations by Louis XV in print, ornately printed pamphlet with manuscript docketing that reads: "Prelat: dd7, April 1744 No. 1." After the War of the Spanish Succession, France and Britain had an uneasy alliance only because both nations had political leaders who saw peace as necessary for national prosperity. Absent those leaders (Cardinal Fleury died and Robert Walpole resigned), there was then nothing to restrain the long-standing enmity between the two nations. In March 1744, King Louis XV declares war on Britain and makes plans to invade crossing the Channel. The invasion fails when bad weather damages the French fleet and the French then divert their energies short term to an attack on the Austrian Netherlands. Two similar Declarations were offered at Christies in December 2004, and estimated to be valued as high as $15,000. The catalog descriptions for these accom
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