Title: Military Letter of Promotion by Louis XV in favor of Gabriel Mathieu Reynaud de Menais, to the position of Lieutenant. Manuscript on Paper, with secretarial signature of Louis XV and signature of Secretary of State for War, January 1756
Condition: Very Good
A mid 18th century military letter written by King Louis XV, commissioning one Sieur Gabriel Mathieu Reynaud de Menais to his new position of infantry lieutenant.
This letter bears the secretarial signature of Louis XV and is countersigned by the Secretary of State for War, Louis François de Monteynard. There is also a seal under paper.
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 cm
This manuscript is in very good shape, with minimal rubbing or wear to the paper. There is very light foxing.