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Guide to the James Ludovic Lindsay collection of French manuscripts, 1767-1863

Abstract

James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford and 9th Earl of Balcarres, was a British astronomer, politician, and noted collector of books and manuscripts. Lindsay inherited a considerable library from his father, but during his lifetime he assembled the Bibliotheca Lindesiana, one of the largest private libraries of the nineteenth century. In the 1880s, Lindsay’s fortunes suffered and he was forced to sell much of his rare book library, although he continued to collect proclamations, broadsides, and manuscripts of the French Revolutionary era. After Lindsay’s death, his heirs auctioned off most of what remained of his collections, including his French manuscripts.

Collection consists of selected letters, administrative papers, and other manuscripts, chiefly of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods, that bear the bookplate and previously formed part of the Bibliotheca Lindesiana, the private library of James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford. Lindsay's collection of French manuscripts was auctioned off by Sotheby's between 1924 and 1925 and a small portion was acquired by Duke in 1960. Duke's collection represents a very small fraction of Lindsay's original collection and consists chiefly of manuscripts, with typed transcripts in French, that document various aspects of civil administration including letters from the prefects of various departments, letters from government ministers, and several letters addressed to Comte Collin de Sussy, Minister of Commerce and Manufacturing, and the Comte d'Antraigues. Other materials in the collection include letters in English from French elites to British nobility, such as to the Duke of York, and letters from French aristocrats to government officials. Examples include a letter addressed to Napoleon Bonaparte from Arnoud Joubert, a lawyer at the imperial court of Paris, discussing the possibility of receiving a medal of honor, and a letter from Cardinal Albani to Alexander I, Emperor of Russia, requesting the Emperor's protection from French authorities. The collection also includes some manuscripts and engravings acquired separately that do not bear the Bibliotheca Lindesiana bookplate.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Crawford, James Ludovic Lindsay, Earl of, 1847-1913
Title
James Ludovic Lindsay collection of French manuscripts 1767-1863
Language of Material
French,, English
Extent
1.75 Linear Feet, 223 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection consists of selected letters, administrative papers, and other manuscripts, chiefly of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods, that bear the bookplate and previously formed part of the Bibliotheca Lindesiana, the private library of James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford. Lindsay's collection of French manuscripts was auctioned off by Sotheby's between 1924 and 1925 and a small portion was acquired by Duke in 1960. Duke's collection represents a very small fraction of Lindsay's original collection and consists chiefly of manuscripts, with typed transcripts in French, that document various aspects of civil administration including letters from the prefects of various departments, letters from government ministers, and several letters addressed to Comte Collin de Sussy, Minister of Commerce and Manufacturing, and the Comte d'Antraigues. Other materials in the collection include letters in English from French elites to British nobility, such as to the Duke of York, and letters from French aristocrats to government officials. Examples include a letter addressed to Napoleon Bonaparte from Arnoud Joubert, a lawyer at the imperial court of Paris, discussing the possibility of receiving a medal of honor, and a letter from Cardinal Albani to Alexander I, Emperor of Russia, requesting the Emperor's protection from French authorities. The collection also includes some manuscripts and engravings acquired separately that do not bear the Bibliotheca Lindesiana bookplate.

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Contents of the Collection

Series includes manuscripts, chiefly of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic period, collected by James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford. Manuscripts in this series bear the "Bibliotheca Lindesiana" bookplate and include typed transcripts (in French) prepared by librarians and scholars in Lindsay's employ.

Arranged chronologically, with some exceptions.

The original folders have been retained and, for the most part, names referenced below have been transcribed as they appear on the documents.

Letter from Jeanne Lambert Tallien, 1792 Sept. 1
Box 1 Folder 1
Letter from Robert Walpole, 1794 Mar. 3

Letter about a convention that was scheduled to occur.

Box 1 Folder 2
Letter from Jeanne Mirabeau Lasteyrie Dussaillant to Barras, 1797 Sept. 6

Letter informs Barras that someone wanted to meet him.

Box 1 Folder 3
Letter from Joseph-Etienne Richard to Perregaux, 1801 Mar. 24

Richard asks his banker Perregaux for a loan.

Box 1 Folder 4
Letter from Bon Jacques Gabriel Bernardin Ribert to Vasselin, 1801 Oct. 20

Ribert asks for a loan from Vasselin.

Box 1 Folder 5
Letter from Pierre-Marie Delaunay to Villars, 1801 Dec. 1

Delaunay asks Villars to help him meet Cambaceres.

Box 1 Folder 6
Letter from Jean Baptiste Detcheverry, 1802 Jan. 16

Detcheverry asks if his friend will receive his passport.

Box 1 Folder 7
Letter from Count Henri Grégoire, 1802 Jan. 18

Henri Grégoire mentions that Durand is giving him a memoire.

Box 1 Folder 8
Letter from Louis Etienne Beffroy to Monsieur Choquet, 1802 Jan. 24

Beffroy pays Mr. Choquet back.

Box 1 Folder 9
Letter from Jean-François Simon Chazaud to Laquitanne, 1802 Mar. 7

Chazaud writes to Laquintanne to let him know that Mr. Garrigou and Dupre cannot pay him back the sum Laquintanne had lent them because their activities had not benefited from the revolution.

Box 1 Folder 10
Proof of receipt from Jean-Baptiste Mailhe, 1802 Mar. 15

Mailhe states that he has received the payment owed him by Coste, Vidal and Viguer.

Box 1 Folder 11
Letter from Jean Pascal Rouyer to Coste, 1802 Sept. 8

Rouyer informs Coste that he will be waiting to meet with him the next day

Box 1 Folder 12
Letter from Claude Gleizal, 1802 Nov. 27

Gleizal, an attorney, attaches documents that show that Guishon worked for the Rochemaura square.

Box 1 Folder 13
Letter from Mollevaut to the Minister of Finance, 1802 Dec. 20

Mallevaut asks the minister for a job, arguing that both of his brothers died in service and therefore the government is indebted to him.

Box 1 Folder 14
Letter from Louis-Bernard Guyton-Morveau to Chateau Giron, 1803 Jan. 7

Guyton Morveau thanks Chateau-Giron for the Russian coins he gave him, and in exchange gives him newly minted coins.

Box 1 Folder 15
Letter from P.A. Count Merlin de Douai, 1803 Feb. 8

Merlin asks a government official for a duplicate of the decision of the judge against Claude Bassinet.

Box 1 Folder 16
Letter from Denis-Marie Pellissier to Lucien Bonaparte Tribun, 1803 Mar. 15

Pellissier asks (begs) Tribun for his protection.

Box 1 Folder 17
Letter from Jean Julien (de Toulouse) to Perregaux, 1803 Mar. 22

Julien informs Perregaux (banker) that his son will be in Paris and hopes they can meet. His son will be selling pieces of art, and he encourages Perregaux to take a look and perhaps buy something.

Box 1 Folder 18
Letter from Delahaye to the Minister of Finance, 1803 Apr. 14

Delahaye asks the minister if he can be transferred to another region in France, preferably by the sea (where he is from) or bordering his region.

Box 1 Folder 19
Letter from Georges Antoine Chabot to the French state advisor, 1803 Apr. 16

Chabot recommends Conny L'hopital who would work with the advisor.

Box 1 Folder 20
Letter from Jean-Baptiste Jourdan to Regnier, 1803 May 19

Jourdan tries to persuade Regnier who to chose as 1st consulate.

Box 1 Folder 21
Letter from Joseph Marie Lequinio Kerblay to the marine minister, 1803 Jul. 25

Lequinio states that he has attached the instructions that were written according to the treaty.

Box 1 Folder 22
Letter from Jean Des Anciens Rousseau to Cretet, 1803 Oct. 6

Rousseau asks Cretet if he could hire Duc to work with him.

Box 1 Folder 23
Letter from Charles Jean-Marie Alquier to Perregaux, 1803 Nov. 23

Alquier asks Perregaux to transfer money from his account in order to pay Mrs. De la Clos.

Box 1 Folder 24
Letter from Charles Antoine Chasset (senator) to the prefect of the Ardennes, 1803 Dec. 9

Chasset asks the prefect to read over his letter, seal it and send it to another government official

Box 1 Folder 25
Letter from Gilles Porcher (senator) to Saladin (secretary general of the High Justice Ministry), 1804 Jan. 6

Porcher recommends Locquin for the job that Saladin was advertising.

Box 1 Folder 26
Letter from Charles Antoine Hourier Eloy to Dupenty, 1804 Feb. 20

Hourier Eloy congratulates Dupenty on the fact his son got accepted to a school in Rheims.

Box 1 Folder 27
Letter from A. F. Fourcroy to the administration of the school of France, 1804 Mar. 2

Fourcroy names Pastoret as the law of nature and society professor in the place of Bouchaud who passed away.

Box 1 Folder 28
Letter from Antoine-François Hardy to Gaudin, Finance Minister, 1804 Mar. 21

Hardy asks Gaudin for help to find a job, because since the revolution, he sees his funds have been decreasing.

Box 1 Folder 29
Letter from Jean-Baptiste Joseph Delecloy to Regnier, Minister of Justice, 1804 Apr. 11

Delecloy sends a letter nominating himself.

Box 1 Folder 30
Letter from Beauvais Benoit Lesterpt, 1804 May 11

Lesterpt explains a trial he has in Poitiers and asks the recipient to be his lawyer.

Box 1 Folder 31
Letter from Michel Azéma to Mithie, Chief of the Ministry of Finance, 1804 May 15

Azéma asks Mithie to present a list of people for the minister and consulate.

Box 1 Folder 32
Letter from the State Advisor to Molinos, 1805 Aug. 6

The advisor asks Molinos (architect) to send him the work plan.

Box 1 Folder 33
Letter from Jaques-Corentin Royou, 1805 Nov. 11

Royau (Lawyer) sends a letter to city hall.

Box 1 Folder 34
Letter from Ramel de Nogaret to Perregaux, 1805 Nov. 26

Ramel de Nogaret informs Perregaux (banker) that he has taken money from his account, and assures him that the payment will be on time.

Box 1 Folder 35
Letter from Cardinal Joseph Albani to the Emperor of Russia, Alexander I, 1805 Dec. 31

Albani asks the emperor for his protection and offers his services

Box 1 Folder 36
Letter from Jean Charles François Ladoucette, 1806 Feb. 25

The prefect Ladoucette sends a letter to the Director of Customs asking to get Dominique Fontaine's money back.

Box 1 Folder 37
Letter from De Lattre to Dupuy, 1806 Feb. 26

De Lattre thanks Dupuy for the elegy that he has written for the death of his nephew.

Box 1 Folder 38
Letter from Nicolas Maries Quinette to M. Jullien., 1806 Apr. 5

Quinette discusses M. Jullien's book on education

Box 1 Folder 39
Letter from Charles Pierre Claret, Count De Fleurieu, 1806 May 9

Fleurieu thanks the person for the copy of his notes on his interesting journey and discusses the growth of a region in Russia

Box 1 Folder 40
Letter from Alex (?) to the Minister of Finance, 1806 Sept. 5

Alex informs the minister that there has been a change, and a new individual will be starting work.

Box 1 Folder 41
Letter from Jean-Antoine-Joseph Debry, 1806 Oct. 8

Debry sends a petition and asks the president of the petition committee to provide aid for an older citizen.

Box 1 Folder 42
Letter from Philip Howard to d'Antraigues, 1806 Nov. 4

Howard writes to his friend and discusses his situation after the revolution

Box 1 Folder 43
Letter from George Vansittart to d'Antraigues, 1806 Dec. 12

Vansittart writes for Lord Grenville and thanks the Count d'Antraigues for his service leaving Russia.

Box 1 Folder 44
Letter from Cardinal Giovanni Battista Caprara, 1806 Dec. 16

In Latin.

Box 1 Folder 45
Letter from Frochot, 1806 Dec. 31

Frochot asks that Mr. Lechart be appointed a referefaire in the court that has yet to be created for the Cour des Comptes.

Box 1 Folder 46
Letter from Philip Howard to d'Antraigues, 1807 Feb. 10

Howard discusses his whereabouts and plans during his visit in and around London

Box 1 Folder 47
Letter from Il Canonico Spoturno to Francesco Braccini (in Paris), 1807 Mar. 17

In Italian.

Box 1 Folder 48
Letter from J. MacPherson to Count d'Antraigues, 1807 May 10

MacPherson discusses the protectors of Europe and a journey around Europe

Box 1 Folder 49
Letter from J. MacPherson to Count d'Antragues, 1807 Jun. 18

MacPherson asks d'Antragues to write to him about his travel and the true hero of civilization (?)

Box 1 Folder 50
Letter from O. Mackenzie to Count d'Antraigues, 1807 Aug. 17

Mackenzie informs the Count d'Antraigues that everything is ready for the attack.

Box 1 Folder 51
Letter from Pierre Loisel to Sussy, 1807 Aug. 17

Loisel thanks Sussy for his decision to ban trade with countries that are at war with France.

Box 1 Folder 52
Letter from Cardinal Jean-Baptiste de Belloy to Bourges, 1807 Nov. 8

Belloy informs Bourges that His Majesty has agreed to open a school, and that he must present himself on time to the location on the opening day.

Box 1 Folder 53
Letter from Nicolas Harmand to the Minister of Finance, 1807 Dec. 13

Harmand asks the Minister to transfer Andre Moreau to another job.

Box 1 Folder 54
Letter from Denis Decrès to the State Advisor, 1808 Mar. 14

Decrès writes to the State Advisor asking for him to lift the ban that has been placed on certain buildings.

Box 2 Folder 55
Letter from the administrative prefect of Taro to the Minister of the Interior, 1808 Jun. 11

The prefect asks the Minister to give a sum of 100 francs to the five families whose fathers died in the terrible explosion at the mill.

Box 2 Folder 56
Letter from Abbey of La Boissiere to Armand, 1808 Jul. 29

La Boissiere informs Armand that he is sending a trunk with books and informs him that he will continue to send him his brochures.

Box 2 Folder 57
Letter from Philip Howard of Corby Castle to the Count d'Antraigues, 1808 Dec. 3

A friendly letter from Howard to d'Antraigues discussing his situation.

Box 2 Folder 58
Letter from François de Neufchâteau to Sauvo, 1808 Dec. 31

Neufchâteau sends Sauvo a pamphlet.

Box 2 Folder 59
Letter from J. Lagarde, prefect of La Seine et Marne, to Le Grand, 1809 Apr. 15

Lagarde asks Le Grand whether a rumor is true or not.

Box 2 Folder 60
Letter from the Abbey Thibaudeau, prefect of Marseille, to another prefect, 1809 Oct. 22

Requests the prefect to take back an indemnity.

Box 2 Folder 61
Letter from Thibaudeau, prefect of Marseille, 1809 Nov. 21
Box 2 Folder 62
Letter from Gould Francis Leckie to d'Antraigues, 1809 Dec. 31

Leckies discusses the meaning of a letter sent by Mr. Canning to the Count.

Box 2 Folder 63
Envelope and seal addressed to the Count d'Antraigues, 1810
Box 2 Folder 64
Letter from Candras to Mr. Le Chevalier Monnay, 1810 Jan. 7

Candras discusses the letter he had received from Monnay on the 6th of the month.

Box 2 Folder 65
Letter from Dauchy to Laugier, 1810 Jan. 11

Dauchy informs Laugier that he must be present at the Customs organization project.

Box 2 Folder 66
Letter from Timoléon de Cossé, duc de Brissac, to Mrs. Bourbon Busses?, 1810 Feb. 24

Brissac discusses Mrs. de Ghilini.

Box 2 Folder 67
Letter from Jean-Baptiste Treilhard to Bellait, 1810 Mar. 27

Treilhard thanks Bellait for the elegy he had sent.

Box 2 Folder 68
Letter from J.P.O. Villmanzy to Barberot, 1810 Jul. 2

Villmanzy discusses the situation in their office (they have to let some people go).

Box 2 Folder 69
Letter from Jean-Baptiste Treilhard to Count de la Cepede, 1810 Aug. 26

Treilhard sends a letter to Cepede informing him he mistakenly received a book that was destined for Cepede.

Box 2 Folder 70
Letter from Cound De Bondy, 1810 Aug. 31

De Bondy invites the person to whom he is writing to his house in order to discuss the veterinary school in Lyon.

Box 2 Folder 71
Letter from De Belleville to the General Inspector of Customs, 1810 Sept. 17

De Belleville thanks the Inspector for his advice.

Box 2 Folder 72
Letter from Masson St. Amand to the Duc of Gaete, 1810 Sept. 19

St Amand asks Gaete to put forward his name as a candidate for prefect.

Box 2 Folder 73
Letter from De Belleville to the General Inspector of Customs, 1810 Sept. 25

De Belleville reiterates a previous letter and discusses the orders he had sent and the situation of England.

Box 2 Folder 74
Document stating an open loan from Freville, 1810 Oct. 23
Box 2 Folder 75
Letter from Jean-Pierre Saurine to a prefect, 1810 Oct. 31

Saurine informs the prefect of the transfers that are going to take place in the Haut-Rhin.

Box 2 Folder 76
Letter from Langier to the "Count of the Empire", 1810 Nov. 14

Langier informs the Count that he has received his letter, and discusses a letter he received on the 27th of Sept.

Box 2 Folder 77
Letter from Joseph Claverie to the Duke of Massa, 1810 Nov. 24

Claverie informs the duke that the slate of candidates for the tribunal was not complete. A certain Mr. Casebonne wanted to join the list, even though he lives farther away.

Box 2 Folder 78
Letter from J. Reeves to the Count d'Antraigues, 1810 Dec. 12

Reeves informs the Count d'Antraigues that his friend Le Roy has arrived but that he has received instructions not to allow him to proceed.

Box 2 Folder 79
Bordereau from B. De St. Andre, 1810 Dec. 17
Box 2 Folder 80
Letter from Lord Douglas and Clydesdale to the Count d'Antraigues, 1810 Dec. 31

Douglas and Clydesdale sends a letter to the Count to justify his negligence and answer the question the Count had asked.

Box 2 Folder 81
Letter from Baron Lepeletier to the Minister of Finance, 1811 May 26

Lepeletier thanks the Minister for his letter and discusses who will take the place of Capitaine Sr. Regal.

Box 2 Folder 82
Letter from Roederer to a Duke, 1811 May 30

Roederer informs the Duke that he has established the imperial court in Caen and that he believes that the first session went exactly as the laws regulate them.

Box 2 Folder 83
Letter from Dominique Dufour De Pradt, 1811 May 30

De Pradt thanks the publishers for having published his article, and asks them if they could publish two more.

Box 2 Folder 84
Letter from Spiridion Foresti to Commodore Rowly, 1811 Aug. 15

Foresti encloses a duplicate statement with all the necessary documents.

Box 2 Folder 85
Letter from Jacques François Count Begouen to the Justice Minister, 1811 Sept. 20

Begouen writes a recommendation for Mr. Dorival.

Box 2 Folder 86
Lettter from Henri Leonard Dreux-Breze, 1811 Nov. 5

Dreux-Breze recommends Mr. Suillant-Vachon to replace the recently decesased Mr. de la Barde.

Box 2 Folder 87
Letter from Count François Maries d'Aboville to the Chancellor, 1811 Nov. 13

Count d'Aboville informs the Chancellor that he has received the letters.

Box 2 Folder 88
Letter from Becquey-Beaupre, lawyer in the highest court of appeal, to a count, 1812 Jan. 17

Becquey-Beaupre shares the count's joy and informs him that Mr. Dupin will write to him.

Box 2 Folder 89
Letter from F. (Ferdinando Conte di?) Marescalchi to the Count of Sussy, 1812 Jan. 19

Marescalchi congratulates Sussy for his nomination as Minister of Commerce and Manufacturing, and asks him if there is any place in his new cabinet for a Mr. Ferrand.

Box 2 Folder 90
Letter from Rossollin to the Count of Sussy, 1812 Jan. 20

Petition from Rossollin to Sussy asking for a job in the Commerce Ministry.

Box 2 Folder 91
Letter from Gobert to the Minister of Commerce, 1812 Jan. 20

Petition from Gobert seeking a position.

Box 2 Folder 92
Letter from Ladoucette, prefect of Roer, 1812 Jan. 20

Ladoucette congratulates the person to whom he is writing.

Box 2 Folder 93
Letter from the Count of Segur to the Count of Sussy, 1812 Jan. 21

Segur explains to Sussy that the person bringing him this letter would like to see him and perhaps become his valet.

Box 2 Folder 94
Letter from Girardin to the Count of Sussy, 1812 Feb. 3

Girardin (speaking in the third person) explains in his letter to the Count that he is recommending a person born in the same town at H.R.H. the Queen of Spain and has been asked by her to recommend this person as best he can.

Box 2 Folder 95
Letter from Routhier to the Commerce Minister, 1812 Jan. 21

Routhier flatters the Minister and asks to see him briefly once more.

Box 2 Folder 96
Letter from Dujardin-Sailly, 1812 Jan. 21

Dujardin-Sailly congratulates the person to whom he is writing and insinuates that he wants a job.

Box 2 Folder 97
Letter from J.M. De Gerando to the Count (Sussy?), 1812 Jan. 22

De Gerando conveys Mr. Miollis' situation and wishes to the Count.

Box 2 Folder 98
Letter from Jerome Octave Dania to the Count of Sussy, Minister of Commerce and Manufacturing, 1812 Jan. 22

Dania petitions for a job.

Box 2 Folder 99
Letter from J.M. De Gerando to the Count (Sussy?), 1812 Jan. 22

De Gerando writes a recommendation for Mr. Deseroizilles.

Box 2 Folder 100
Letter from Mollien to the Count of Sussy, 1812 Jan. 23

Mollien informs Sussy that S. Paillet would like to meet him.

Box 2 Folder 101
Letter from Jacques Grouvel to the Count of Sussy, Minister of Commerce and Manufacturing, 1812 Jan. 23

Grouvel writes seeking a position.

Box 2 Folder 102
Letter from Labrouste to the Minister of Commerce and Manufacturing, 1812 Jan. 23

Labrouste asks Sussy for a job for his nephew.

Box 2 Folder 103
Letter from Du-Bois-Du Bais, Senator, Count of the Empire to Count Collin of Sussy, 1812 Jan. 24

Du-Bois-Du Bais sends Sussy a petition for a young man, hoping to find him a job.

Box 2 Folder 104
Letter from Montalivet to the Count of Sussy, 1812 Jan. 24

Montaliver recommends a person to work at the Ministry.

Box 2 Folder 105
Letter from Charles Raut to the Count of Sussy, 1812 Jan. 25

Raut writes a petition for himself, requesting a job.

Box 2 Folder 106
Letter from D'Arlincourt to the Minister of Commerce and Manufacturing, 1812 Jan. 25

D'Arlincourt congratulates Sussy on his new position

Box 2 Folder 107
Letter from the Count of D'Hauterive to the Count of Sussy, 1812 Jan. 26

The Count of D'Hauterive writes a petition for M. Farcot, hoping to find him a job.

Box 2 Folder 108
Letter from Charles Pougens to Count Collin of Sussy, 1812 Jan. 27

Pougens, who does not personally know the Count, sends him a letter emphasizing his experience and requesting a position.

Box 2 Folder 109
Petition from G.P. Valeton to the Minister of Commerce and Manufacturing, Count Collin of Sussy, 1812 Jan. 27

Valeton writes a petition, requesting a job.

Box 2 Folder 110
Petition from Da Costa La Seroniere to Collin de Sussy, 1812 Jan. 27

Da Costa La Seroniere writes a petition requesting a job.

Box 2 Folder 111
Petition from Dumont, lawyer, to the Count of Sussy, 1812 Jan. 27

Dumont requests a job.

Box 2 Folder 112
Petition from Charles Jean-Baptiste Bryard to HRH the Emperor and King, 1812 Jan. 28

Bryard offers his services to HR Majesty.

Box 2 Folder 113
Petition from Boucard to the Count of Sussy, 1812 Jan. 29

Petition from Boucard for Leger. Requests a job for him.

Box 2 Folder 114
Petition from Marescalchi to Count of Sussy, 1812 Jan. 29

Petition from Marescalchi for Mr. Viollet, requesting a job.

Box 2 Folder 115
Letter from Count Daru to Monsieur Parisse, 1812 Jan. 31

The count Daru explains to Mr. Parisse that he has received both his letter and the letter destined to Count Sussy, and he will recommend him to the Count Sussy the next time he sees him, in order for Parisse to get the job he desires.

Box 2 Folder 116
Letter from Supervielle (son) to the Count of Sussy, 1812 Jan. 31

Supervielle explains his current financial situation, and asks the Count to give him a job, since he is married and about to become a father.

Box 2 Folder 117
Petition from Fabre De L'Aude, 1812 Feb. 1

Petition from De L'Aude regarding Mr. Dupont (of Lyon), requesting a job.

Box 3 Folder 118
Letter from Ph. Lancel to Count of Sussy, Minister of Commerce and State Advisor, 1812 Feb. 1

Lancel writes to the Count of Sussy, explaining his many titles in hope of working with him in his office.

Box 3 Folder 119
Letter from Emmery, a knight and deputy of the North Region to the Count of Sussy, Minister of Commerce, 1812 Feb. 1

Emmery recommends Lancel to Sussy, simply stating that he deserves both the goodwill and protection from the Count.

Box 3 Folder 120
Letter from Count Joseph Caffarelli to the Count of Sussy, 1812 Feb. 1

Caffarelli recommends Mr. Sol for a job in the Ministry of Commerce.

Box 3 Folder 121
Letter from Count François Jaubert, 1812 Feb. 1

Jaubert thanks "the Count" (probably Count Sussy) for nominating Mr. Soubiran for a new post.

Box 3 Folder 122
Document on the state of the service of Mr. Bruni from Chabrol, 1812 Feb. 2

A sort of recommendation stating the quality of Mr. Bruni's services, followed by observations by Chabrol. Chabrol is requesting a job for Mr. Ferdinand Bruni.

Box 3 Folder 123
Petition from Gabriel Briand to Count of Sussy, 1812 Feb. 3

Briand petitions for a position at the Ministry of Commerce.

Box 3 Folder 124
Petition from Borel to Sussy, 1812 Feb. 6

Borel requests a job at the ministry of Commerce.

Box 3 Folder 125
Petition from Marquis de Montferrier du Vidal to Sussy, 1812 Feb. 7

Vidal forwards a petition previously written by Mr. Potier about his nephew, Mr. Lovznoze, requesting a job at the Ministry of Commerce.

Box 3 Folder 126
Letter from Routhier to the Commerce Minister, 1812 Feb. 12

Routhier writes to Sussy about a job.

Box 3 Folder 127
Petition from Claude François Rabusson to Sussy, 1812 Feb. 12

Rabusson recommends himself for a job at the Ministry.

Box 3 Folder 128
Petition from Bonnefoux to Sussy, 1812 Feb. 14

Bonnefoux recommends Mr. David for a job at Ministry

Box 3 Folder 129
Petition from the Petition Commision to the Minister of Manufacturing (Sussy), 1812 Feb. 15

The Commision asks the Count if he has received the petition regarding Mr. S. Bruyard.

Box 3 Folder 130
Petition from Jean Chapus to the Count of Sussy, 1812 Feb. 15

Chapus writes his own recommendation.

Box 3 Folder 131
Letter from Prefect J.P. Chazel to the General Director of Customs, 1812 Feb. 16

Chazal forwards a letter from the vice-prefect to the General Director.

Box 3 Folder 132
Petition from Nicolas François Loree to the Minister of Commerce, 1812 Feb. 29

Loree writes asking for a job.

Box 3 Folder 133
Letter from Chaban to Le Grand, 1812 Mar. 3

Chaban writes to Le Grand, Minister of Finance about a miscommunication that happened with the nomination

Box 3 Folder 134
Letter from V. Vansittart to d'Antraigues, 1812 Mar. 9

Vansittart writes to the Count, discussing his health and forwarding letters that he has received.

Box 3 Folder 135
Letter from Count Moreton-Chabrillion to the Interior Minister, 1812 Mar. 28

Count Moreton-Chabrillion writes a letter of recommendation for Favre.

Box 3 Folder 136
Letter from De Joly to De Beaumont, 1812 April 17

De Joly explains he will not be able to attend the assembly on Monday and gives his opinion on an issue that divides the assembly: a momentary mistake should not be punished as if it were a horrible mistake.

Box 3 Folder 137
Petition from Jaubert to Count de Sussy, 1812 May 5

Jaubert recommends Pierre D'Esparbes for a job .

Box 3 Folder 138
Letter from Collet-Des Costils to the General Director of Customs, 1812 Jun. 1

Collet-Des Costils thanks the Director for the letter he received and informs him that he also received the legal statement regarding the theft of 17 pots.

Box 3 Folder 139
Letter from Chabrol to Mr. Dizie, 1812 Jun. 5

Count Chabrol explains that the Borata (a ship) has left Tieste with a shipment of salt.

Box 3 Folder 140
Letter from Vansittart to d'Antraigues (the son), 1812 Aug. 13

Vansittart explains that he will not be able to meet with the Count on the day they had appointed.

Box 3 Folder 141
Letter from La Rochefoucauld to Mr. Jecker, 1812 Sept. 14

La Rouchefoucauld recommends a young man for a job

Box 3 Folder 142
Letter from the Baron Girod de l'Ain to the person in charge of the general administration, 1812 Sept. 21

The Baron recommends a job for the Director of Vervis.

Box 3 Folder 143
Petition from De Gregory de Marcorengo to the Count of Sussy, 1812 Sept. 25

De Gregory recommends Mr. Morel for a job.

Box 3 Folder 144
Letter from Corvisart to Mr. Godine, 1812 Sept. 29

Corvisart invites Mr. Godine for dinner.

Box 3 Folder 145
Letter from Bernard Journu-Aubert, Senator, to the Count of Sussy, 1812 Dec. 31

Journu-Aubert explains the reason for which he could not attend his meeting with the Count and recommends his nephew, Bory, for a job at the ministry of Commerce.

Box 3 Folder 146
Letter from Baron De La Bouillerie to Mr. Le Goux, 1812 Dec. 31

La Bouillerie asks Mr. Le Goux to be favorable with Mr. Dubois, who has just been nominated candidate for a post at the Tribunal.

Box 3 Folder 147
Letter from Nicolas Marie Quinette to Mr. Dumont, 1813 Feb. 3

Quinette asks Mr. Dumont to let Mr. Moisson know that he has received the letter.

Box 3 Folder 148
Letter from Garat, 1813 Feb. 4

Garat states that "his Majesty" may have doubts on his sincerity and loyalty, but he explains why that should not be the case.

Box 3 Folder 149
Letter from Jean Bapt. Rob. Lindet to Mr. Legendre, 1813 Feb. 27

Lindet explains the legal situation that involves Mr. Legendre and assures him that he will receive his money.

Box 3 Folder 150
Letter from V. Vansittart to d'Antraigues, 1813 Mar. 6

Vansittart compliments the Count and informs him that he will not be able to meet with him because of business.

Box 3 Folder 151
Letter from Count De Croy, 1813 Mar. 8

Count De Croy explains the situation of the young Jochaud-Verdiere and hopes to find a place for him in the government school.

Box 3 Folder 152
Letter from the Baron D'Arbaud-Jouques a Mr. St. Crieg, 1813 April 5

The Baron thanks Mr. St. Crieg for his letter and recommends Mr. Baussy for a position.

Box 3 Folder 153
Document from the Count Rambuteau, prefect of Simplon, 1813 Jun. 28

The Count gives his signature as well as the Secretary General's in order to prove the authenticity of the document.

Box 3 Folder 154
Letter from Joubert to the Count Sussy, 1813 Jul. 21

Joubert thanks the Count for his help with Mr. De La Grange and recommends Mr. d'Esparbay for a position.

Box 3 Folder 155
Marriage Certificate from Jean Maury, Cardinal and Archbishop of Paris, 1813 Sept. 24

In Latin

Box 3 Folder 156
Letter from Baron Mechin, Prefect of Calvador, 1813 Dec. 10

Baron Mechin explains that the list he had sent previously had not changed.

Box 3 Folder 157
Letter from Conyere-Hamelinek to Mr. Collin, 1813 Dec. 18

Conyere-Hamelinek would like to fix the mistake he had previously made and recommends his brother to Mr. Collin

Box 3 Folder 158
Letter from Baron Richard to Count Bergon, 1813 Dec. 24

Baron Richard asks for the opportunity to work with Count Bergon.

Box 3 Folder 159
Letter from Arnoud Joubert to the Emporer Napoleon, 1813 Dec. 31

Joubert addresses his letter to HRH the Emperor Napoleon, expressing his gratitude for his past favors, but also explaining that his new position is a loss of dignity and requests a medal of honor in order to regain his dignity.

Box 3 Folder 160
Letter from Amabert to Sussy, 1814 Mar. 12

Amabert requests with emergency a job for Mr. Director General who no longer has work.

Box 3 Folder 161
Letter from P.P.N. Henrion de Pansey, Minister of Justice, to the Baron Le Goux, 1814 April 27

Henrion writes to the Baron explaining that his Royal Highness (probably Napoleon) has agreed to allow Sergent Major Kollarsk to be re-evaluated by the request of the Prince of Schwarzenberg.

Box 3 Folder 162
Letter from Henri Evrard the Marquis de Dreux-Breze to M. de la Bouisse, 1814 Jul. 22

Dreux-Breze thanks M. de la Bouisse for his letter and sends him a book.

Box 3 Folder 163
Letter from François the Marquis de Jaucourt, 1814 Sept. 23

Jaucourt explains to the addressee that the King (Louis XVIII) has ordered to pay him a provisional pension of 6000 francs per year for his services.

Box 3 Folder 164
Letter from François Louis Auguste Frenier to the customs administration, 1814 Oct. 11

Frenier recommends a certain "Bernard" for a job

Box 3 Folder 165
Letter from Charles Henry Danbray to M. Count Dupont, 1814 Nov. 23

Dambray, Chancellor of France under Louis XVIII, explains to the Count that S. Bannenberger, Protestant Minister in Vendenheim, has to pay a certain sum for committing a minor crime.

Box 3 Folder 166
Letter from the Marquis de Beurnonville to Mr. Le Picard, 1814 Dec. 12

The Marquis de Beurnonville reiterates his request for his nephew, Mr. Etienne Martin de Beurnonville, to receive the title of Baron.

Box 3 Folder 167
Letter from the Marquis de Jaucourt, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to the Baron Louis, 1815 Feb. 25

The Marquis de Jaucourt asks the Baron for an answer to a question posed months before.

Box 3 Folder 168
Letter from Cadudal to Mrs. De Brecy, 1817 April 24

Cadudal asks Mrs. De Brecy about a job for Mr. Le Frotter

Box 3 Folder 169
Letter from Alice de Brest to Mr. Pierquint, 1818 Sept. 28

De Brest explains that his mother is sick and requests Mr. Pierquint to write to le Marquis (we do not have his name)

Box 3 Folder 170
Letter from the Baron Bruny to the Minister of Finance, 1819 Jun. 2

The Baron asks the minister to give him permission for (?)

Box 3 Folder 171
Letter from Barante to "Mr. le Baron", 1820 Sept. 7

Barante explains why he did not take the post of minister in Denmark when it was offered to him.

Box 4 Folder 172
Letter from Ant. Alexandre Barbier, to Mr. Peuchet, 1820 Nov. 12

Barbier informs Mr. Peuchet that the author of the book mentionned is Innocent Gentillod and is qualified as an "anti-Macchiavel".

Box 4 Folder 173
Letter from the Duc of Dumas, 1821 April 29
Box 4 Folder 174
Letter from Benjamin Constant, 1821 Dec. 20

Constant proposes to add an article to the regulations

Box 4 Folder 175
Letter from the Duke of York, 1823 Nov. 30

The Duke of York presents his compliments to De Beu(?)

Box 4 Folder 176
Letter from Du Muy to Me. Cavillier, a furniture store owner, 1774 Jul. 13

Du Muy compliments Mr. Cavillier on his workmanship.

Box 4 Folder 177
Letter from Du Muy, 1775 Jan. 9

[barely legible]

Box 4 Folder 179
Letter from Miss Dionis, 1795 Mar.

Miss Dionis explains that Mardi Gras is not a good meeting day

Box 4 Folder 180
Letter from DuFrenoy to Mr. Emery, 1812
Box 4 Folder 181
Letter from Chateauneuf, 1816 April 17

Chateauneuf explains that he will continue to publish his work on Napoleon Bonaparte in London, and asks his addressee to copy the names of all of the subscribers and place it where others can see

Box 4 Folder 181
Document from Jean Nicolas Bouilly, 1822 April 12

Bouilly explains that he has received what was sent to him.

Box 4 Folder 182
Poem by Charles Cavenne, 1822 May 11

The poem concerns soldiers

Box 4 Folder 183
Letter from Brun de Viller, 1822 Aug. 4

Brun de Viller explains that the young person he recommended when staying in Paris is ill at the moment, but the addressee of the letter should not lose interest in him.

Box 4 Folder 184
Letter from Dumas de Lyon to the Doctor Dt. Marie, 1823 Oct.

The letter discusses the literary contest that took place in 1793 and the poems received by the Royal Academy of Sciences, Literature and Art in Lyon.

Box 4 Folder 185
Letter to the Baron of Barante, 1825 Sept. 2

[barely legible]

Box 4 Folder 186
Letter from Andrieux to Morel, 1825 Oct. 22
Box 4 Folder 187
Letter from Bourguignon, 1827 May 4

Bourguignon conveys observations

Box 4 Folder 188
Letter from Camperone to Mr. Mafey, 1829 Jun. 11

Camperone requests a dozen pamphlets from Mr. Mafey

Box 4 Folder 189
Letter from the Duc of Doubeauville to Count de la Bourdoumais (?), 1829 Sept. 15

The Duc of Doubeauville suggests to the Count that his relative should become prefect now that the prefect of Charente has resigned.

Box 4 Folder 190
Letter from the Duc of Plaisance to a baron, 1830 Sept. 3

The Duc of Plaisance recommends Mr. De Tremont for the position of prefect of the Vosges region.

Box 4 Folder 191
Letter from Emerian to Caffarelli, 1834 May 22

Emerian recommends a person

Box 4 Folder 192
Letter from Desfourneaux, 1834 Nov. 4

Desfourneaux explains that he has not reviewed he letters yet

Box 4 Folder 193
Letter from the Minister of Education to John Spencer Smith, 1835 Oct. 5

The Minister informs John Spencer Smith that he has received the list of works and is willing to dedicated a few to him.

Box 4 Folder 194
Letter from Charles François de Riffardeau, Duc de Riviere, to a Countess, Jul. 5

The Duc explains why he did not meet up with the Countess.

Box 4 Folder 195
Unidentified document
Box 4 Folder 196
A document from the General Administration of Forests to the Ministry of Finance, 1801/1802 Feb. 4

Count Joseph Bonaparte asks for permission to build a road that he has started on his own property.

Box 4 Folder 197

Series includes manuscripts and engravings, chiefly of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods, that do not bear the "Bibliotheca Lindesiana" bookplate. These materials may have been part of Lindsay's collection or may have been merged with the collection by a later owner. For the most part, there are no transcripts of these manuscripts.

Arranged chonologically.

Letter from Le Duc De Marchel to M. Duffier, 1767 April 20

A letter stating that a marriage has been accepted and the King (Louis XV) has allowed the groom to contact him.

Box 4 Folder 198
Letter from unknown, Caen, 1780 Jan. 5
Box 4 Folder 199
Letter from Beaufort to the Tribunal of French Sergents, 1784 Jul. 28

Beaufort writes to the Tribunal expressing his thoughts on an event that took place in Parlement.

Box 4 Folder 200
Letter from Prince Charles Maurice de Talleyrand to Duportuis (?), 1836 Dec. 24

Prince Talleyrand writes to Duportuis (?), who must be a caretaker of his house, since he asks him to fill the icebox with ice as soon as it hails.

Box 4 Folder 201
Letter from Prince Charles Maurice de Talleyrand to M. Duton, 1789 Jan. 14

The Prince thanks M. Duton for the New Year wishes.

Box 4 Folder 201
Document certifying residence of a Miss Corregeoles in the department of Vienne, 1792 Nov. 10

Signed by officials, witnesses, and Miss Corregeoles.

Box 4 Folder 202
Two letters and an engraving of Charles Francis, Duke of Le Brun, 1799

One letter is addressed to Perregaux

Box 4 Folder 203
Letter from the general governor of the Palace to Duroc, 1799
Box 4 Folder 204
Letter from Gerard Christophe Michel Duroc, Duc de Frioul, 1809 April 10
Box 4 Folder 204
Letter from Elgin (Thomas Bruce?) to M. Perregaux, 1804 Nov. 14

Elgin asks M. Perregaux to send a sum of twelve thousand Francs, and attaches a letter written by "Milady".

Box 4 Folder 205
Administrative letter from Marec to M. Gaudin, Minister of Finance, 1807 Sept. 18

Marec discusses a law passed by the legislative branch to establish a new court.

Box 4 Folder 206
Receipt of General Moreau, 1808 Sept.
Box 4 Folder 207
Letter from Hugues-Bernard Maret, Duc de Bassano, Feb. 3
Box 4 Folder 208
Letter from M. Savary, Duke of Rovigo and Police Generale, to the Duke of Bassano, 1810 Jun. 8

Rovigo informs the Duc de Bassano that his interactions will remain the same as they were with his predecessor.

Box 4 Folder 208
Engraving of M. Savary, Duke of Rovigo, undated
Box 4 Folder 208
Letter from Marie Chamand, Countess de la Valette, 1813 Jul. 31
Box 4 Folder 209
Engraving of Marie Chamand, Countess de la Valette by S. Freeman, 1816 April 16
Box 4 Folder 209
Letter from the Marie Chamand, Countess de la Valette, to her Daughter, 1816 Jan.3

The Countess writes to her daughter in order to calm her down; she seems to be tormented however her mother explains that only God can protect them.

Box 4 Folder 209
Letter from the Ministry of Police, 1826
Box 4 Folder 210
Engraving of Joseph Fouché, 1824
Box 4 Folder 210
Letter from Marie Joseph Paul Yve Roch, Marquis de Lafayette, to M. Jullien, 1827 Feb.26

The Marquis de Lafayette expresses thanks for the letter from M. Jullien, and agrees to meet with him the following day.

Box 4 Folder 211
Letter from Gilbert-Augustin Thierry, undated
Box 4 Folder 212
Letter from to the Baron Rothchild, undated
Box 4 Folder 213
Letter from Prince Napoleon-Louis Bonaparte to Sir Hugh and Lady Campbell, May 15

The Prince presents compliments to Sir Hugh and Lady Campbell and accepts their invitation for dinner.

Box 4 Folder 214
Letter, in English, possibly from François d'Orléans, Prince of Joinville, at Claremont, Surrey, to an unkown recipient, 1863 Jan. 25
Box 4 Folder 215

Historical Note

James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford and 9th Earl of Balcarres, was a British astronomer, politician, and noted collector of books and manuscripts. Lindsay inherited a considerable library from his father, but during his lifetime he assembled the Bibliotheca Lindesiana, one of the largest private libraries of the nineteenth century. In the 1880s, Lindsay’s fortunes suffered and he was forced to sell much of his rare book library, although he continued to collect proclamations, broadsides, and manuscripts of the French Revolutionary era. After Lindsay’s death, his heirs auctioned off most of what remained of his collections, including his French manuscripts.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James Ludovic Lindsay Collection of French manuscripts, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The James Ludovic Lindsay collection of French manuscripts were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1960.

Processing Information

Processed by Sophia Durand and Noah Huffman, December 2011

Encoded by Noah Huffman, December 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 1960-0141 and 1960-0175

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.