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DAVOUT Louis-Nicolas - Autograph Letter Signed 1802 to Oudinot

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Louis-Nicolas DAVOUT, duc d’Auerstadt and Prince d’Eckmühl (1770-1823)

Autograph Letter Signed (“LDavout”) to General Oudinot, sending news of an acquaintance.

2 pages 8vo in French with integral address leaf on letterhead of the Consular Guard, Paris, 2 frimaire an 11 [23 November 1802].

Trans: “In order to keep the promise I made you yesterday, my dear Oudinot, I asked Bruyeres for news of Durbin, who, he tells me, enjoys excellent health, he is commander at Port au Prince, he contracted an excellent marriage to Mlle. Deboulets, who has property in Domingo, you can announce this family news.

I wish you a good journey, and let me have your news, you cannot doubt the pleasure it will give me. I recommend that for your health you should only drink Burgundy this advice must surely prove to you the friendship I feel for you and which I will always feel.

In a postscript, he adds: “My regards to your wife.”

Davout had accompanied Napoleon on his Egyptian campaign, and fought at the battle of the Pyramids. With the advent of the Empire, eighteen generals became Marshals, of whom Davout was the youngest; his correspondent, Oudinot, would become a Marshal of the Empire in 1809.

Davout’s recommendation to drink only burgundy might have been a joke between the two men, as Davout himself hailed from an old Burgundian family.

Remains of guard at the left margin.

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