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The Emperor requests from his Minister of War monthly accounting of funds expended to feed officer prisoners of war.
Manuscript LS: "Nap" as Emperor, 1 page, 7¼x9. Saint Cloud, 1811 April 21. In French, not translated. To General Henri Clarke, the Duc de Feltre, his Minister of War. Referring to arrangements for payment for provisions for officer prisoners of war which, in the future, must be referred to Napoléon each month. With a one-line note in French, possibly in Feltre's hand, on a 4x1 slip attached by a straight pin (probably from 1811) at lower left: "the 21 April to M. Provost". HENRI J.G. CLARKE, DUKE OF FELTRE, Napoléon's Minister of War (1807-1814), later served King Louis XVIII as Minister of War. Just 11 days before he wrote this letter, on April 10, 1811, the siege of Figueras began. Figueras, in northeastern Spain, is at the foot of the Pyrenees, about 20 miles from the Mediterranean coast. The siege ended on August 19th with a French victory for Jacques MacDonald, Duke of Tarente, Marshal of France, and the defeat of Spanish General Martinez. The day after this letter, the second siege of Badajoz in western Spain at the Portuguese border began. It ended on May 12th with another French victory for General Phillipon and the defeat of British General William Beresford. Viscount Beresford had reorganized the Portuguese army (of which he was made Marshal) in 1809. Folds touch signature. Lightly soiled at lower right corner. 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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