CHAPTAL Jean-Antoine - Letter Signed 1803 as Minister of the Interior
Jean-Antoine CHAPTAL (1756-1832)Letter Signed (“Chaptal”) as Minister of the Interior to Citizen Victor Dalmas in Toulouse replying to his request for a position in the Prefecture.
1 page folio in French, Paris, 10 Prairial an 11 [30 May 1803].
Trans: “I have received, Citizen, the letter in which you renew your request for a position as Sub-Prefect or Secretary General of the Prefecture in the Midi Department. I will gladly submit this request to the First Consul as soon as the occasion presents itself.”
Jean-Antoine Chaptal, a respected chemist, did much to reorganise the administration of France under the Consulate. He resigned his post as Minister of the Interior with the advent of the Empire, although his disapproval of the change in the political landscape does not seem to have incurred Napoleon’s disfavour. He spent his ‘retirement’ working to improve French agriculture, with admirable results.
Remains of mount to verso and overall foxing, not affecting the legibility of the text.
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