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KING LOUIS PHILIPPE (FRANCE) - PROCLAMATION SIGNED 07/04/1831 - HFSID 55810

KING LOUIS PHILIPPE A letter from the King of France informing the Duke of Broglie to the opening Session of the Chambers, framed in the Gallery of History to an overall size of 36x22 Manuscript Letter Signed: "Louis Philippe" in French as King of France, 1p, 7x9½. Paris, 1831 July 14.

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KING LOUIS PHILIPPE
A letter from the King of France informing the Duke of Broglie to the opening Session of the Chambers, framed in the Gallery of History to an overall size of 36x22
Manuscript Letter Signed: "Louis Philippe" in French as King of France, 1p, 7x9½. Paris, 1831 July 14.Addressed on verso to the Duke of Broglie, Peer of France.In full: "We inform you that the opening of the Session of the Chambers will take place in Paris on the twenty-third of July and that you must attend." Known as the "Citizen King" for his menial habits and public visibility, Louis Philippe (1773-1850) was a direct descendent of Philippe d' Orleans (1640-1701), the youngest son of King Louis XIII (1601-1643). Being far removed from the crown, he was raised more harshly than a well-to-do commoner. Louis was 57 years old when liberals and political allies opposed to Charles brought him to power as a revolutionary monarch through a political coup. Once named King, however, he chose a middle course between the monarchists and the Bonapartists. In spite of his attempt at a more democratic nation, numerous rebellions and attempted assassinations caused Louis Philippe to become more guarded of his person and stricter with his people. These measures were necessary due to factors beyond the King's control; blights of drought and disease in the 1840s led to famine and economic hardships for which the French, reverting to their old ways, blamed the noblemen and monarchy. A new age of revolutionaries evolved and challenged the crown. Louis Philippe believed in the democratic doctrine; therefore, in 1848, he chose to abdicate. Still, he was forced to flee to England for sanctuary, and lived there for the remainder of his life. He wrote this letter on Bastille Day, the 42nd anniversary of the storming of the Bastille and the beginning of the French Revolution. Achille Charles Léon Victor, DUKE OF BROGLIE (1785-1870) was a statesman and diplomat under Emperor Napoleon I and a leader of the moderate liberals after the Restoration. He occupied several cabinet posts, including that of premier (1835-1836) under King Louis Philippe and was Ambassador to London (1847-1848). After the February Revolution (1848) he was elected (1849) to the National Assembly. He opposed Emperor Napoleon III. His great-grandson, Prince Louis-Victor de Broglie won the 1929 Nobel Prize in Physics. Slightly soiled. 2-inch slits in 4 places made when folded. Show through of address on verso in blank lower area. Fine condition. Framed in Gallery of History style: 36x22.

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