BONAPARTE Jérôme (1784-1860) frere de Napoleon, il fut Roi de Westphalie.

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BONAPARTE Jérôme (1784-1860) frere de Napoleon, il fut Roi de Westphalie.
40 L.A.S. "Jerome", "J." or "Jerome Napoleon", 1840-1842, and 1856-1857, to his daughter, Princess MATHILDE; 70 pages in-8 or in-12, some with her crowned figure, one address. Together largely devoted to Jerome's efforts to marry his daughter Mathilde to Prince Anatole DEMIDOFF (the marriage of the prince and Mathilde will be celebrated on November 1, 1840). The letters are written from Rotterdam, London, Antwerp, Baths of Pisa, Quarto and Florence. 1840. Having gone to London to consult his elder brother Joseph (and to obtain his help with the dowry), he writes at length to Matilda, urging her to be discreet, veiling the identity of the protagonists by pseudonyms and using numbers twice ("06" and "04"). She herself is "the Spanish"; Jerome negotiates with "the Englishwoman" (a man); others are designated as "the Brave", "the Pointy One", "the Lightning", "the Eclipse". "The Brave wrote to the Pointu that he would arrive tomorrow or the day after tomorrow; but if one understood his happiness and did what one must do, it is the Englishwoman herself who would arrive: all the more so, my Matilda, that I fear that you are deceived, according to what you write to me, and that in Paris one speaks in a manner that is very sensitive, very painful, very offensive to me about this Eclipse. Knowing that, instead of receiving the dear Spanish woman on her knees, the Prize is demanded, which is the opposite of what should have been; but Lightning will be faithful to his promises, I answer [...] Lightning has assured me that he will give in to the second condition, and that never the thought of interest had entered his head, much less his heart" (February 17th)... He sends letters, reports of the Brave's judgments on the Englishwoman, reversals of attitudes and changes of demands; he imposes on Mathilde to conceal with everyone, all the more so as in the written agreement, "it is clearly explained by the Englishwoman that the refusal of her master makes everythin
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