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MURAT Joachim - Letter Signed 1804 hearing a murder case

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Joachim MURAT (1771-1815)

Letter Signed (“J Murat”) as Governor of Paris to the President of the Council of War of the 1st Military Division, a partially printed letter requesting him to call together the members of the Council to hear the case of Antoine Milon of the 21st Regiment of Dragoons, who has been accused of murder.

1 page 8vo in French, Paris, 13 germinal an 12 [3 April 1804].                                                   

The charge against Milon in French is “assassinat”, and accusations of assassination attempts were at the forefront of many minds at this period. Milon does not, however, appear to have been involved in the most dramatic of all the conspiracies, the plot to assassinate Napoleon, for which the duc d’Enghien was condemned and executed, unjustly and with no shred of proof, just a fortnight before this letter. On 6 April, General Pichegru, more realistically implicated in the plot, was found strangled in his prison cell, allegedly a suicide.

As Governor of Paris (a post he had held since January of that year), Murat was responsible for bringing together the Military Council that condemned the duc d’Enghien. Murat unsuccessfully pleaded for clemency for another accused, Georges Cadoudal, but gained only a reprimand from Napoleon.

An interesting letter, in very good condition.

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