HORTENSE DE BEAUHARNAIS (1783-1837) fille de Josephine de Beauharnais, femme de Louis Bonaparte, Reine de Hollande et mere de Napoleon III.

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HORTENSE DE BEAUHARNAIS (1783-1837) fille de Josephine de Beauharnais, femme de Louis Bonaparte, Reine de Hollande et mere de Napoleon III.
AUTHORIZED MANUSCRIPT of an INTIMATE JOURNAL, [8 December 1797-9 January 1798]; 7 pages and a quarter in-4 on 2 double-page spreads. Precious diary, testimony of the life of Hortense, 14 years old and on holiday at the National Institution of Saint Germain (Mrs Campan's boarding school), at her grandparents' Beauharnais home, then at her mother's home Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte. These pages are addressed to a friend and fellow student, Pauline Raymond or Raimond, from Bordeaux, with whom she corresponds regularly. It is about her mother and her stepfather "Buonaparte", married since March 1796, her grandparents ("mon papa", "mon bon papa", "ma bonne maman"), her great-aunt and godmother Fanny de Beauharnais, her aunt Françoise de Beauharnais and her daughter, Émilie, and Louis Bonaparte, whom she married in 1802. Among the names of persons with whom she exchanged visits were those of Amélie von Salm-Kyrburg, widow of the Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen and former mistress of her father, and the Auguié ladies, nieces of Mrs. Campan. "This Friday [8 December 1797]. I arrived at 4 o'clock in the evening Mr. Philippaux and his daughter came and being in our bed Louis Buonaparte came and we hid in our bed, my cousin and I, but that did not prevent him from saying good night to us. - On Saturday [December 9]. In the morning I went to see Buonaparte with my father, he received me very well and with friendship. He hired me for dinner and sent for me, and brought me back in his car [...]. - This Sunday [December 10]. Buonaparte sent to fetch me in the morning to see me before going to the party [reception at the Luxembourg Palace of the General on his return from the Italian campaign] he was dressed in a big suit and with all his aides-de-camps who intimidated me very much. I went to dinner with my cousin at her mother's house and in the evening I went to see Melles Auguié, they brought me back and we saw the illumination which was very beauti
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