Date: June 12 2012
FONTAINEBLEAU. A rare letter written by Napoleon in English has sold at auction for €325,000 ($A410,000), five times the predicted price.
The standard-sized sheet of paper is a homework exercise Napoleon sent to an English teacher for correction in 1816 from his exile in St Helena and was sealed with the imperial eagle wax stamp.
It’s one of three such English-language letters by Napoleon in the world, according to the auction organisers, and was bought by the Paris Museum of Letters and Manuscripts.
Despite Napoleon’s months of hard study, the letter shows he still had some way to go. It begins: ‘‘It’s two o’clock after midnight, I have enow sleep, I go then finish the night with you.’’
This material is subject to copyright and any unauthorised use, copying or mirroring is prohibited.
[ Canberra Times | Text-only index]