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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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