LOUIS DE FRANCE.
Autograph letter signed "Louis" to the count of Toulouse. Versailles, August 19, 1694. 1 p. in-8,
address on the back with remnants of a wax seal on his weapons.
"Thank you for the tobacco test you sent me. It's good, but it's the gout I don't like...
period, so there's no need for you to send me away. If you find someone else, you'll make me happy...
...to send me essays and think I'm all yours... »
Skillful warlord and sumptuous art lover, the Grand Dauphin was adored for
his father Louis XIV, who associated him early on with the leadership of the State and who was very affected by
his untimely death. Also very popular in the country and in the army, he played a decisive role in France's support for his son the Duke of Anjou on the Spanish throne.
Legitimate son of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan, the Count of Toulouse Louis-
Alexandre de Bourbon (1678-1737) was appointed Admiral of France: brave, wounded at the siege of Namur, he proved himself at the head of a squadron in the Sicilian campaign in 1702, and was victorious over the English in Malaga in 1704. During the crisis caused by the will of Louis XIV placing his legitimated children above other nobles, he stayed away from the intrigues of the Court and was able to continue his service at the head of the French Navy.