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Autograph Letter Signed "Montaignac" Regarding the Promotion of his Nephew, Camille Jules Marie, Comte le Jumeau de Kergaradec Who has Recently Distinguished Himself during the French Intervention in Mexico].
Rome 1866 - Rome, 21 January 1866. Small Octavo (ca. 20,5x13 cm). 4 pp. Brown ink on laid paper with black borders. Collector's stamp on the 1st page, several pencil markings in text. Mild fold marks, otherwise a very good letter. Interesting letter from French naval officer and politician Louis-Raymond, marquis de Montaignac de Chauvance, minister of the French Navy in 1874-1876. The letter was written in the midst of the French intervention in Mexico (1862-67) and was addressed to a high ranking marine official; the main topic is Montaignac de Chauvance's nephew "Alexandre" Camille Jules Marie, comte le Jumeau de Kergaradec who took part in the naval operations of the French fleet off the Mexican coast. He carried out reconnaissance of Port Marquis and instead of heading back to France from Haiti, tried to reach the Mexican coast. For his accomplishment Jumeau de Kergaradec was promoted to the rank of lieutenant de vaisseau, and his uncle praises him: "I do not know any other officer with such high level of sacrifice and boldness Sound judgment and fine qualities of leadership are necessary to the one in command to instil confidence into men who happens to be in dire military positions. This is the second time he has proved it; and his old captain Martineau des Chenets [describes him] as an outstanding personality. I may ask you to highly praise him to captain Roussin and also help him raise as soon as possible to a rank for which he is ready, taking in account his years of service." In the end of the letter Montaignac de Chauvance also recommends ensigne de vaisseau l'Espagnol de Chanteloup to the future commander of the Phlegeton on which he wants to embark. Louis-Raymond, marquis de Montaignac de Chauvance entered the French Naval Academy in 1827, served during the Crimean War and was awarded with a medal; he was a knight, officer, commander and Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour; president of the High Commission of Care after Invalids and the Society of rescue of shipwreck victims; French senator from 1871. "Alexandre" Camille Jules Marie, comte le Jumeau de Kergaradec (1841-1894) was a French naval officer and colonial administrator, officer of the Legion of Honour and Mexican Imperial Order of Guadalupe given to him for his service during the French intervention to Mexico. Later le Jumeau de Kergaradec served as a first class administrator in French Cochinchina (since 1875), French consul in Hanoi (1883), Bangkok (1885) and Moscow (1891). "The French Navy conducted a successful blockade of Mexico in the Pastry War of 1838. It was then heavily involved in French intervention in Mexico (January 1862 - March 1867). Napoleon III, using as a pretext the Mexican Republic's refusal to pay its foreign debts, planned to establish a French sphere of influence in North America by creating a French-backed monarchy in Mexico, a project which was supported by Mexican conservatives tired of the anti-clerical Mexican republic." (Wikipedia).
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