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MONTMORENCY Mathieu duc de - Autograph Letter Signed 1814 to the Duchess of Devonshire

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Mathieu duc de MONTMORENCY (1766-1826)

Autograph Letter Signed (“Mathieu de Montmorency”) to the Duchess of Devonshire, assuring her of his regard and hoping to see her soon in France “where we are no longer exiles.”

2 pages 8vo in French, Paris, 7 June 1814.             

Trans: “I could not resist . . . taking advantage of the re-establishment of our communications to send you my faithful regards, and to give great pleasure to he who carries them to you . . . who is going to see your lovely and triumphant England. . . he will tell you something about our happiness, one could say, of our miracles, in which you rejoiced on our behalf. He will bring you the tributes . . . from my cousin Adrien and from Camille Jordan, and from all our friends. We are sometimes told you will pay us a visit . . . where we are no longer exiles – receive as well all the assurance of our affection and also to Lady Besborough and to all those who are kind enough to remember us. . .

The duc de Montmorency had fought in America alongside Lafayette, and when the revolution broke out in France he allied himself with those in favour of a constitutional monarchy. But the storming of the Tuilleries and the imprisonment of the King and Queen sent him quickly into exile in Switzerland, at Coppet, the home of his friend Madame de Staël. He devoted himself to good works and after his return to France at the restoration he surprised many by his allegiance to the ultra-conservative Comte d’Artois. During his exile he had, inevitably, met and befriended the francophile Duchess(es) of Devonshire, first Georgiana and later Elizabeth, née Foster.

After Waterloo, Montmorency was on the jury at the trial of Marshal Ney. To his eternal credit, he, together with Albertine de Staël’s husband, the duc de Broglie, voted against the death penalty.

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