CLAUSEL, COUNT BERTRAND.
2 ALS , signed to William Lee (April and August of 1817). The April letter is on a 10 x 15 3/4 inches piece of paper, folded to 10 x 8 inches, written on three sides with the address on the fourth side. There is a one inch hole where the seal was removed to open the letter. The August letter is on a very slightly smaller piece of paper, written on two sides. It also has a hole where the seal was removed. Neither holes affect the message . In French. With English translations. With a steel engraved portrait of General Clausel. (Item ID: 2632)
Mr. Lee, formally U.S. Consul at Bordeaux , was attached at this time to the Treasury Department. Mr. Lee had many French friends of distinction, was friendly and involved with the supporters of Bonaparte in exile, and was later involved with the return of Lafayette to America. The letters speak of Lee's friendship and aid to the French exiles, especially Joseph Bonaparte (alias Count de Survilliers) and Clausel's personal plans for going to Mobile.
Count Bertrand Clausel (Clauzel) (1772 - 1842) was a French soldier, a Marshal of France. He served with distinction in the Napoleonic Wars, especially in Spain, and joined Napoleon in The Hundred Days, Napoleon's attempt to regain power. When the coup failed, Clausel went into exile in the United States, not returning to France until 1820. He spent most of his life in Mobile where he devoted himself to farming.