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LAVALLETTE Comte de - Letter Signed 1803 while in charge of the Postal Service

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Antoine-Marie Chamans, comte de LAVALLETTE (1769-1830)

Letter Signed (“Lavallette”), to Citizen Crespeaux, informing him that a widow’s request for pension arrears addressed to the First Consul has now been passed on to the appropriate authority.

1 page folio, cut down to 4to, in French, Paris, 7 pluviose an 11 [27 January 1803].

Trans: “I have received, Citizen, your letter of 15 nivose last, and I hastened to pass to the director general . . . the plea of the widow Pitter to the First Consul, regarding a pension of two thousand ecus for which she is seeking arrears.

It was in error that this plea was not included with my letter of the 22nd, further to yours of the 25th, for which I thank you, this error has now been rectified.”

Lavellette had fought with Bonaparte in Egypt and assisted in the coup d’état of the 18th Brumaire which brought Napoleon to power. They were also linked by family ties, as Lavallette had married Josephine’s niece. When Napoleon became First Consul, he appointed Lavallette to an administrative post in the department of finance dealing with the public debt. He later became director general of the postal service, in which capacity he was personally in charge of surveillance and censorship of the post, the cabinet noir, furnishing Napoleon with a daily report of his findings.

The letter has been slightly cut down from its original folio size and has light foxing. There are the remains of mounting on the verso; the removal from the mount has slightly damaged the top left of the letter.

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