Lyon: 28 July, 1832.
Four page letter, single sheet folded to letter-size 258 x 207 mm., French postal marks.
Candid and personal letter by the junior Baudin
A personal and revealing letter by the Baudin voyage veteran Charles Baudin, written at a time when his family fortunes were at a low ebb.
A personal and revealing letter by the Baudin voyage veteran Charles Baudin, written at a time when his family fortunes were at a low ebb.After his return from the Baudin voyage Charles - no relation to Nicolas - was one of the naval officers to become a senior officer during the Napoleonic Wars. A fierce patriot, he counselled Napoleon to risk the naval blockade after Waterloo, and it is therefore not surprising that he was pushed out of the Navy, joining the merchant marine in 1816 and ultimately having great success. After the July Revolution of 1830 he rejoined the Navy, and took part in the Mexican "Pastry War" of 1838, before a long late career in the Navy which saw him promoted Admiral just before his death in 1854.Baudin has an unusual hand, but quite legible (with some patience). The letter is written to a close friend in Valenciennes, and deals predominantly with the recent loss suffered by his mother-in-law and wife, and notes that although the worst was over by April, both are still quite shaken by the death of his father-in-law. Worse, writes Baudin, financial disaster has overcome that part of the family, and its effects will be much felt, in no small part because of problems with gambling debts. Baudin is evidently troubled, and worried that it might touch his own family, and not just because of the sorrow of his wife.It is most unusual to have letters relating to the personal affairs of early voyagers, making this a fascinating glimpse into Baudin's life in the early years of his second naval career.
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