DELACROIX Eugène (1798-1863).

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DELACROIX Eugène (1798-1863).
L.A. (end missing), [forest of Boixe] 4 October 1820, to his brother General Charles-Henri DELACROIX; 2 pages in-4 (last leaf missing).
He tells him that their brother-in-law VERNINAC will not be able to send "any money this year. We have had very long conversations together on this subject. As for the wine, it is another matter. He is looking for it as well as the brandy, and you will be warned of the time when you must send your man. As soon as I arrived here, I saw from conversations and other things that there was great difficulty in disbursing or paying [...] Whatever Mr. Delacroix's embarrassment may be, Mr. Verninac's is even greater. Since the auction, he has been obliged to pay nearly 40,000 F in registration fees, court fees and time commitments contracted for the estate. When the order between the creditors of the succession is settled by the court, he will have more than three hundred thousand francs to pay them. The sales which he has been able to carry out up to this day and whose proceeds remain in the hands of the purchasers, to be counted to the creditors, hardly exceed sixty thousand francs. As for the income from the property, it has been insufficient each year to cover the interest on the sums owed, the payment of contributions, the salary of the guards, the maintenance of the minor and other indispensable expenses, such as legal proceedings, the upkeep of the buildings, etc. [...] It must be very hard for you in your position not to see any resources coming your way. Registration, even if you were able to obtain funds now, would be of no use to you, since, because of the order that will be established among the creditors, all these mouths will open to be paid from their capital. [...] My sister had spoken to me in a conversation about a sum of 24,000 which the Prince [Eugene de Beauharnais] had once given to each of his aides-de-camp when he married them, from which sum he would have used 16,000 to pay or buy back part of the effects of your failed marriage. It would thus be 8,000 again and not 6,000 which the prince could very legitimately apply to your debts, including what we had found together, crews, debts of the Italian officers &c."...
Lettres intimes (XLV, p. 183).
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