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LEOPOLD I - Autograph Letter Signed 1864 regarding Mexico

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LEOPOLD I (1790-1865)

Autograph Letter Signed ("Leopold") to "Monsieur le Maréchal" [probably Marshal Bazaine, leader of the French troops in Mexico], thanking him for his services to the Mexican Empire. 1¾ pages 4to in French on gilt-edged paper. Laeken, 29 December 1864.

In this intriguing letter, Leopold I thanks the French marshal for his services towards the Mexican Empire, ruled by his son-in-law, Maximilian of Hapsburg and his daughter Charlotte. At the time of this letter, Maximilian and Carlotta had been Emperor and Empress of Mexico for barely six months. Marshal Bazaine was already in Mexico as commander of the French Expeditionary Force. If the letters which Maximilian and Carlotta sent to Leopold regarding the Marshal resembled those sent to Napoleon III, one can only assume that this letter was meant as a soothing compliment, for relations between Maximilian and Bazaine were strained, to say the least. Indeed, Bazaine took his orders from Napoleon, whose lack of support at the crucial moment in his Mexican adventure proved fatal to Maximilian.

Trans: "My very dear children the Emperor Maximilian and Empress Charlotte never fail to tell me, in the warmest terms, of the distinguished services which Your Excellency renders for the Mexican Empire and your never-ending kindness towards them. I beg Your Excellency to permit me to join them in their sentiments towards you and to accept the assurance of my high esteem . . ."

Leopold's acceded to the Belgian throne after the 1830 Revolution. A skilled diplomat, he proved remarkably effective at establishing the new kingdom's position in Europe while maintaining a scrupulous neutrality.

Tears at the folds have been repaired.

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