Title: Military Letter from Louis XV to granting the charge of signage to the regiment of Bresse to Michel de Beauvais de Villeret. Manuscript on Paper with secretarial signature of Louis XV and signature of his Secretary of State for War, May 1758
A mid 18th century military letter from King Louis XV, granting the charge of signage to the regiment of Bresse to Michel de Beauvais de Villeret.
This letter bears the signature of Louis XV and is countersigned by the Secretary of State for War, Boyer.
Also known as “the Beloved”, Louis XV was king of France and Navarre, and reigned over the kingdom from 1715 until his death in 1774, being the second longest in France’s history, only to be exceeded by his father Louis XIV. He was the only king of France to have been born and died within the Palace of Versailles. Although he was nicknamed “Beloved” early into his reign, the public opinion soured over the years of corruption reports, and ill-fated wars, all of which cumulated towards a weakened France and Louis XVI inheriting a kingdom that desperately needed reform, all of which ended with the French Revolution.
One manuscript on paper, 24 x 36.1 cm
This manuscript is in good shape, with some wear, and two tears to the paper, not affecting text. There is some staining to the front center and rear of the letter.