LOUIS CHARLES DE BOURBON, COUNT OF EU
ALS to his cousin, the Duke of Penthievre, congratulating him on
bestowing a position on the Duke's son-in-law, who would figure prominently in
the French Revolution and become the father of a future King of France.
Autograph Letter signed: "L C de Bourbon", 1 page, 6¼x7¾.
Fontainebleau, 1769 October 22. To the Duc of Pentievre (named in the
third person in the text). In French, translated in full: "I have
learned with great pleasure, Sir the justice that the Duc of Penthievre has
rendered to your good and ancient Services in naming your son the successor in
the Government of Rambouillet; I wish all possible success for it. I ask you to
believe in my esteem and my friendship for you." Small printed biographic
entry affixed in lower right corner. LOUIS CHARLES DE BOURBON,
THE COUNT OF EU (1701-1775) was the grandson of King Louis XIV by one of
the King's mistresses. His father had been legitimized as a cadet branch of the
royal family, the House of Bourbon du Maine. Louis Charles never married
and had no heirs, so the branch was extinguished with his death. He
writes here to Louis Jean Marie de Bourbon, the Duke of Penthievre (1725-1793),
his cousin. The Count of Eu and the Duke of Penthievre were among the richest
nobles in France, with extensive landholdings scattered around the realm.
Both preferred life on their country estates to presence at the royal court.
The Duke's last surviving son had predeceased him in 1768, so the "son"
mentioned in this letter was actually his son-in-law, Louis Phillippe II, the
Duke of Orleans, who had married Penthievre's daughter on June 6, 1769. The
father bestowed many grants on the already very wealthy and powerful Duke of
Orleans, who would become an ardent supporter of the French
Revolution. Changing his name to Phillippe Egalité [Equality], he voted in
the National Assembly for the execution of King Louis XVI. This did not save him
from the guillotine, however. Suspected of coveting the crown for himself,
Phillippe was executed in 1793, but his son, Louis Phillippe d'Orleans, became
King of France in 1830. All the persons mentioned here had reputations for
charity - which of course they could well afford - and the Orleanist branch of
the royal family became the advocates of a constitutional, limited monarchy on
the British model. Toned and lightly stained. Horizontal and vertical fold
creases. Overall, fine condition.
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