FITZJAMES, Edouard, Duc de (d. 1838).
Autograph Letter in French to 'Mon cher Eduard' (probably Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent, 1767-1820, father of Queen Victoria), 4 pages 4to, Paris, 9 September . A long and detailed commentary on the troubled political situation in France during the months immediately after the restoration of Louis XVIII and Napoleon's exile to St Helena.+
Fitz-James, a great-great-grandson of James II of England by his mistress Arabella Churchill, and great-grandson of the exiled James Fitz-James, Duke of Berwick (1670-1734), had emerged from obscurity, with other royalists, at the time of the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy. In this letter, however, he complains of the 'Rapports incendiaires, et v
He refers to a newspaper compaign in which he intends to vindicate himself from the rumour that he owes his survival to the Bonapartist General Bertrand; to the military activities of the Duc d'Angoulëme in forcing Spanish armies to evacuate French territory; and to rumour of Fouche's downfall, concluding however with a postscript that Fouche is to remain in power and 'c'est a votre Cabinet que nous devons Cela - !!!'.
Published in Autographic Mirror, 108-109 (254-255).
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