SIGNED SPECIAL LICENSE FOR TRADE VESSEL TO TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES, DATED AUGUST 20, 1830. WITH SIGNATURE AT THE END PURPORTING TO BE THAT OF EMPEROR NAPOLEON.
Broadsheet, 13.5" x 19". Split along folds into four equal sections, repaired with tape on recto, two short splits along other vertical folds. Words under tape illegible unless held to a light. Scattered foxing and spotting. Left edge clipped with loss of words that had been printed vertically. Good.
This is a special license for a single ship to make a single voyage from the Port of Bordeaux to America for purposes of trade. It is number 268 in the general order of the series, number 428 in the general order of deliverance, and number 698 in [illegible]. There are blanks to be filled in upon arrival in the ports of Charlestown, New York, Boston or Baltimore. These blanks are not filled in, and it would appear that this right of passage was never used. The documents list things that might be exported including foodstuffs, .
Reads in part: NAPOLEON, EMPEREUR DES FRANCAIS, ROI D'ITALIE, PROTECTEUR DE LA CONFEDERATION DU RHIN, MEDIATEUR DE LA CONFEDERATION SUISSE, &C. &C.... [Translated: Napoleon, Emperor of France, King of Italy, Protector of the Confederation of Rin, Mediator of the Swiss Confederation.]. Item #24545