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He signs a manuscript letter (1811) authorizing reassignment of some high-ranking French officers from Naples, but warns that the King of Naples (his brother in law, Murat) may soon have too few officers in his service.
Manuscript LS: "Nap", 1 page, 7¼x9. Paris, 1811 April 18. To the Duc de Feltre (Henri J.G. Clarke), his Minister of War. In French, partially translated. In part: "You can recall from Naples General Lamarque, General Dufour...you can equally recall two adjutant commanders but tell the King that the time will arrive where he will find he has too few officers...." With a three-line manuscript note of receipt in French, possibly in Feltre's hand, on a 4¾x1¼ slip attached by a straight pin (probably from 1811) at lower left. In 1808, NAPOLÉON named his brother-in-law, Joachim Murat, King of Naples. General Maximilien Lamarque, who had campaigned in Italy in 1806, helped Napoléon defeat the Austrians at Wagram in 1808. General Joseph Dufour had been a member of Napoléon's original garde-à-pied in 1796. In April 1811, Napoléon recognized that he had a senior cadre locked up in the First Regiment de voltigeurs and the First Regiment de tirailleurs and that they might be more useful if they were used to form a second chasseur regiment. The Decree of May 18, 1811 ordered the raising of the Second Regiment de chasseurs-à-pied de la garde, which was formed using the Old Guard cadres of the 1st Tirailleur and 1st Voltigeur Regiments. It is possible that these officers were being recalled to take part in the planned Second Regiment. HENRI CLARKE (1765-1818) was private secretary to Napoléon from 1799-1804 and Minister of War from 1807-1814. He was made Duke of Feltre in August 1809. Lightly creased. Erased pencil notes at upper left blank margin. Overall, fine condition.

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Born: August 15, 1769 in Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Died: May 5, 1821 in Longwood, Saint Helena

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