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BONAPARTE Napoléon, dit le Prince Napoléon (1822-1891) fils de Jérôme Bonaparte, homme politique démocrate
21 L.A.S. "Napoleon", Prangins (except one) 1889-1890, to his sister Princess MATHILDE; on 24 pages in-8, most of them on the letterhead of the Villa de Prangins.
Most of the letters are related to a serious illness of his son
Louis (1864-1932), Mathilde's godson, of whom he gives news very regularly, according to the dispatches he receives from Moncalieri, where
Louis is cared for by his mother Princess Clotilde. Louis, who joined the Italian army, will leave her in 1890 to serve in Russia.
19 June 1889. He hopes that Louis will be able to join him in Prangins: "there is urgency for his position, above all because of the news that the newspapers have published that he is going to leave the Italian army, I regret it, it is too soon, not having yet made any approach to the King my brother-in-law" . 7 July: "I am thinking of going to Moncalieri to see for myself, I have written and am waiting for an answer, my position towards Clotilde does not allow me to arrive without warning. The important thing is that Louis gives up going on manoeuvres"... Moncalieri 11th July: "Fever and dyssentery, he's getting better without being recovered. I found him very changed [...]
I'm leaving tonight for home with a big detour to make to avoid France - damn exile!" Louis will join him soon, and they'll go to an alpine resort, and he's hoping Mathilde will come to Prangins... 31 July.
Louis seems to be recovered, but his father is worried about the arrangements he has to make: "He is often a bit indecisive and indolent" . September 13, he has to receive people "because of the elections and I know how much you don't like to hear about politics"... December 12, Louis is "lieutenant colonel! The Emperor has been very kind"... May 25, 1890. "I come to kiss you on the anniversary of your birth and write to you, unable to tell you, how much I love you"...
A copy of a letter from Mathilde (1843) is attached.
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