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CROY Joseph duc d'Havré de - Autograph Letter Signed 1814

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Joseph, duc d’Havré de CROY (1744-1839). Royalist diplomat and politician.

Autograph Letter Signed (“Le Duc D’Havré et de Croÿ”) to an unidentified official, recommending M. DuPont, a judge from Rouen, for a promotion.

1 page 4to in French, Paris, 7 October 1814.                    

A letter written at the time of the First Restoration, when royalists returned to France, and many unsurprisingly sought to regain their property and further their advancement under the new regime.

Trans: “Allow me to request your favours for M. Du Pont, judge in Rouen, whose request I enclose [not present]. . . I have no doubt regarding the principles and conduct of M. du Pont and I know you are acquainted with his merits. He seeks advancement . . . He suffered greatly for the King’s cause which he defended with all his might. He would wish to be decorated with the Legion [of Honour]. I am assured that his greatest recommendation will be his own conduct. . .

At the restoration in 1814, Louis XVIII reinstated the earlier honours, including the Order of Saint Louis, the precursor to the Legion of Honour which was created by Napoleon in 1802. However, the Legion of Honour was retained alongside this, and remains, to this day, the most distinguished honour awarded by France for exceptional service, be it military or civilian.

Joseph de Croÿ, duc d’Havré was an ardent royalist who emigrated at the time of the Revolution and spent the years from 1791 up to the restoration in 1814 on various missions, first for Louis XVI and later for Louis XVIII, with disappointing results for his cause.

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