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Lescallier, Baron Daniel (1743-1822) Coded Letter, Signed, New York, 19 November 1812.

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2764B
Lot:
53
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$215$175

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Books & Manuscripts - 2764B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
November 16, 2014 10:00AM

Description:

Lescallier, Baron Daniel (1743-1822) Coded Letter, Signed, New York, 19 November 1812.
Single large bifolium sheet inscribed on four pages. From Lescallier, the French Consul General to the United States (1810-1815), to the French Minster of Foreign Affairs, Hugues-Bernard Maret, Duke of Bassano (1763-1839), address, date, greeting, closing, and signature written normally, the complete content of the letter written exclusively in a series of two-, three-, and four-digit numbers; with the addressed envelope, red wax seal cracked but present; old folds to the letter, some toning, the sheet watermarked with the date 1810, envelope torn, the letter 16 x 12 1/2 in. unfolded.
In her 2005 book, Daniel Lescallier, Man of the Sea - and Military Spy?, Margaret Bradley explores Lescallier's activities as an industrial spy in the period preceding the Napoleonic Wars.
Estimate $200-300


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Daniel Lescallier, Hugues-Bernard Maret, Signed, France, United States, Consul General, Minster of Foreign Affairs, Military Spy, industrial spy, Margaret Bradley

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