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Napoleon Bonaparte's youngest brother, important again after his cousin's election as President of France, signs a letter recommending Joachim Clary for a seat in the National Assembly.
Manuscript Letter signed: "Jerome Bonaparte", as Governor General of Les Invalides, 1 page, 5¼x8. Paris, 1849 April 26. To "Messieurs" [six addressees]. In French, loosely translated: "I received the letter which you kindly sent me, asking my opinion on the candidacy of Joachim Clary. I can assure you that no one is more worthy by his patriotism and his devotion to my family than Mr. Joachim Clary, of representing your Department in the National Assembly. Attached to our institutions and to the President of the Republic, Mr. Clary is one of those men on whom the country can rely. Please accept assurances of my best wishes". Jerome Napoleon (1784-1860) was the younger brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. As Emperor of France, Napoleon made Jerome King of Westphalia (1807-1813). Napoleon hoped to make Westphalia a model of a reformed state, but Jerome's extravagant court expenses soon disgusted Napoleon. Jerome lost his kingship when French armies were defeated. In December of 1848, Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, a nephew of Napoleon and Jerome, recently returned from exile, was elected President of France. Three years later, denied a constitutional amend allowing him a second term, Louis Napoleon staged a coup. After consolidating power, he proclaimed himself Emperor Napoleon III in 1852. (Napoleon II was Napoleon Bonaparte's son, in whose favor the Emperor had abdicated in 1815, but who had never ruled France.) Louis Napoleon made his uncle Jerome Governor of Les Invalides, the French military museum where Napoleon Bonaparte and other French military heroes were buried. Jerome Napoleon now lies there too. His grandson, Charles Joseph Bonaparte, was US Secretary of the Navy and Attorney General under President Theodore Roosevelt. Joachim Clary (1802-1856) a cavalry officer, did become a French Senator. Later, as Count Clary, he was in the entourage of Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. Multiple pin holes at lower margin area. Toned and lightly soiled. Multiple full length creases at right edge - no affecting signature. Center horizontal fold crease. Corners worn. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: November 15, 1784 in Ajaccio, Corsica
Died: June 24, 1860 in Villegenis, France

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