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- Over 80 words penned in a clerk's hand on 12-1/2 inch high by 8 inch wide "Ministere de la Marine et des Colonies" stationery. In this document addressed to Victor Guy Duperre, who was the Prefet Maritime de Brest from January 1827 to February 1830, de Chabrol requests that the Prefet welcome the bearer of this letter, Mr. Robinson, an American engineer who has come recommended by the American charge d'affaire Mr. Brown. "Monsieur le Prefet, Mr. Robinson qui vous remettra cette lettre, est un ingenieur des Etats Unie qui desire visiter le port de Brest...." De Chabrol elaborates that Mr. Robinson should be allowed access to the port of Brest and maritime establishments of the region. "Je vous pris de vouloir bien accueiller cet etranger et de lui donner toutes les facilitees necessaire pour voir les etablissements maritime...." Boldly signed "de Chabrol" by the French Minister of the Navy. The document, with its attached blank leaf, is folded with creases and some minor chips to the edges. There is a long horizontal tear along the top horizontal fold and shorter tears along the top of the central vertical fold. These tears have been reinforced with archival linen tape from the verso. The edges of the document are darkened.
The French politician Christophe Andre Jean de Chabrol de Crouzol (1771-1836) served under Napoleon. Subsequently, adhering to the 1814 Bourbon restoration, he acquiesced in brutal 1817 reprisals against former supporters of Bonaparte. He served as Minister of the Navy from 1824 to 1829 and then as Minister of Finance from 1829 to 1830. Although he remained a supporter of the Bourbon monarchy, he was unwilling to remain associated with the repressive government and resigned before the July Revolution of 1830.
The Prefet Maritime exercised authority over the sea in a particular region. Created in 1800 to unify the role of civil administrator in command of the harbors of a region and that of an Admiral in command of that region's navy, the Prefet thus played a dual role, reporting to the Prime Minister and to the country's naval and military authorities. Victor Guy Duperre was Prefet Maritime of the Brest prefecture from January 1827 to February 1830.
Title: AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED by the French Minister of the Navy CHABROL DE CROUZOL requesting that the Prefet Maritime of the Brest region welcome an American engineer who wishes to visit the port and maritime establishments of the municipality.
Publisher: Paris, May 14, 1827.: 1827.
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Keywords: HISTORY; FRANCE; FRENCH RESTORATION; AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED; SIGNATURE; CHRISTOPHE ANDRE JEAN DE CHABROL DE CROUZOL; MINISTER OF THE NAVY; AMERICAN ENGINEER; ROBINSON; LETTER; VICTOR GUY DUPERRE; PREFET MARITIME; NINETEENTH CENTURY; 19TH CENTURY; BREST