FOUCHÉ, Joseph, Duke of Otranto. 19099



Letter Signed by Fouché as Minister of Police, to the Minister of War, having investigated the frequent escapes by prisoners from Mont-Dauphin, informing the Minister that he has recommended the redoubling of security wherever required. In French. 1 page 12 x 8 inches, fine. Annotated in the margin on receipt. Paris, 21 August 1809. The scarce autograph of Napoleon’s Minister of Police, Joseph Fouché, duc d’Otrante (Duke of Otranto) (1759–1820), who became member of the Convention in 1792. An enthusiastic proponent of de-Christianization, and a consummate intriguer, he served as Minister of Police (1799–1815).