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GENERAL GEORGES BOULANGER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/18/1882 - HFSID 30383

 

GEORGES BOULANGER
French General, who later threatened to overthrow his government, writes to General Winfield Scott Hancock of his visit with Hancock.
ALS: "Gal Boulanger", 2½p, 5¼x8¼. Valence, 1882 February 18. To General Winfield Scott Hancock, New York. On stationery imprinted in French: "14th Army Corps/14th Cavalry Brigade" and "General Boulanger, Commandant of the 14th Cavalry Brigade". In French with translation. In part: "All my thanks for the trouble I gave you concerning the photographs of Willets-Point. The photographs have been found; they were at the Minister of Foreign Affairs...You are aware, my dear General, of the pleasant remembrances that I have myself, particularly of the splendid journey that we took in the United States...." In a postscript, General Boulanger writes: "that I only own your photograph in civilian dress and that you promised to send me one in uniform." Accompanied by handwritten translation (unknown hand) and docketing envelope. Boulanger served at the siege of Metz and helped suppress the Paris Commune in the Franco-Prussian War. He commanded the army of occupation in Tunis (1884-1885) and was Minister of War (1886-1887). He was elected Deputy in 1888, then resigned after the refusal of the Chamber to pass his program of constitutional "reform". Reelected in 1889, he aroused enthusiasm among anti-government elements. He was called the "Man on Horseback" because he often rode his horse on Paris streets. The Boulangist movement aroused fears of a coup d'état against Prime Minister Pierre Tirard. Boulanger fled France in 1889 and committed suicide (on the grave of his mistress) in 1891 at the age of 54. HANCOCK served in the Civil War and had been the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for President two years earlier against Garfield. Willets Point is on the northern coast of Long Island. Lightly shaded at mailing folds folds. Overall, in fine condition.


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GENERAL GEORGES BOULANGER
Born: Circa 1837
Died: Circa 1891



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