BERTRAND, General Henri-Gratien, comte. 19097

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Autograph Letter Signed, while serving as Napoleon’s secretary on St. Helena, to Admiral Sir George Cockburn, asking for the balance of the 4000 Napoleons, which the Emperor had sent for his disbursement, be paid to Mr. Balcombe (the East India Company agent), with the details of this account. Together with Cockburn’s separate retained copy (signed as such, “G.Cockburn) to Balcombe about this payment, referring also to the arrival of a Piano from England. In French. 1 page 12 x 8 inches, horizontal folds, in good condition, integral blank leaf. Long Wood [St. Helena], 17 April 1816. General Henri-Gratien Bertrand, comte (1773-1844), probably the most loyal of Napoleon’s officers, was an engineer officer who served in the French army from the beginning of the Revolutionary Wars, and accompanied the Emperor in the great campaigns. He was Governor of Illyria (1811-12). He accompanied Napoleon to Elba, in the Hundred Days, and to St.Helena. Admiral Sir George Cockburn (1772-1853) had a distinguished naval career. In 1812-13 he took a squadron to the Chesapeake, and in 1814 he took part in the capture of Washington. In 1815 he conveyed Napoleon to St.Helena on board H.M.S.Northumberland, and remained there as governor until the arrival of Sir Hudson Lowe.