NAPOLEON I (Emperor of France, 1804-1821). Letter signed ('Bonaparte') to General Lefebvre, Paris, 'le 8 ventose an 8' [27 February 1800], requesting him to give orders for the reassembly in Paris as soon as possible of all detachments of the 43rd and 56th Infantry, the 8th and 9th Dragoons and the 12th Hussards, 'mon intention étant d'en former la 1ere Division de l'armée de reserve et de les faire partir le plutôt possible', ordering him also to prepare artillerymen, 1½ pages, 4to, vignette heading of 'Bonaparte 1er Consul', blank integral leaf (small repair in centre fold, tiny hole in blank margin).
together with: BERNADOTTE, Jean-Baptiste (1764-1844, King of Sweden from 1818). Autograph letter signed to General Lefebvre, 'Rennes le 15 floréal an 9' [5 May 1801], asking him to intercede with Napoleon on behalf of General Ernouf who has been left off the list of active officers and put on half pay, 'Cette determination du 1er Consul est certainement l'effet d'une erreur', adding that Ernouf has always carried the blame for Jourdan and they should not abandon him, 2 pages, 4to, blank integral leaf.
General Ernouf had been accused by the Committee of Public Safety of failing (with General Jourdan) to take advantage of the lifting of the siege of Maubeuge in 1793, although it was generally recognised that he was prevented from doing so by the state of the roads. (2)