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1 June 2009
JOSEPHINE (1763-1814), Empress of Napoleon I. Autograph letter signed ('Josephine') to Eugène de Beauharnais (her son), Malmaison, 22 March , 3 pages, 8vo, on a bifolium.
Disclosing her dependence (three years after their divorce) on Napoleon's continuing good will, and regretting that Eugène's departure to join the army prevents him from visiting her: 'Tu m'aurais servi d'intermédiaire près de l'empereur, tu lui aurais demandé pour moi ce que je dois faire pendant son absence, et dans quel lieu il veut que j'habite ... j'espère qu'il sera asses bon pour me diriger, et qu'il a toujours conservé pour moi de l'amitié ... il m'a assuré que ses sentiments pour moi n'etaient pas changés'. Josephine will go to Eugène's wife [Princess Augusta of Bavaria] at Milan for the birth of their child [Princess Amelie, born on 31 July], sharing her unhappiness that he is going to war [in the Russian campaign]. A postscript reports that the Empress [Marie Louise] is to join her father, at Dresden.
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