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Journal Manuscrit of Claude-Charles Coster, vol.1 (Bound Ms. 1 Item 1)
Autograph manuscript in French. "Coster le jeune" was born in Nancy in 1741. He pursued a distinguished administrative career, especially under Necker. In 1790-91 he was chef de bureau at the Constituant Assembly, where both his brother Sigisbert, a chanoine de la cathedrale de Verdun, and his brother-in-law, Pierre-Joseph Prugnon, were deputies [a copy of the former's own journal is in the Archives nationales in Paris, C 26 dossier 13]. He kept this political diary in part to keep informed his protector, Marshall Prince of Beauvau-Craon, who was living in his château du Val in Saint-Germain-en-Laye most of the time. His information generally comes straight out of the minutes of the Assembly's meetings. A moderate royalist, Coster mentions the reactions of the public, which he calls "l'excecrable populace de Paris" or "les enrages"; he also reports different events and rumors of plots, arrestations, assassinations, and emigrations, that were the talk of the Assembly.

 
Journal Manuscrit of Claude-Charles Coster, vol.2 (Bound Ms. 1 Item 2)
Follow-up of the journal, plus transcription of revolutionary songs, plus letters sent to Coster between 1781 and December 1792.

 
Set of 102 documents, with pages numbered 1-311 (Bound Ms. 3 ++)
Contains, e.g., "un rolle des officiers mariniers, matelots et mousses employes au Lac de Garde", 1796; a report from "Ernoulf, capitaine general de la Guadeloupe et dependances, au Citoyen Portalis, charge de toutes les affaires concernant les cultes", 1804; a letter by printer Firmin-Didot to the minister of Finance, about the production of official seals and stamps, 1805; another form the bishop of Mayence calling for the conversion of the Bitche citadel into a church, 1805; and one from the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce to the Minister of Finance protesting the high taxation of beverages, 1814.

 
"Registre des deliberations prises par le Comite de surveillance etabli au fort de La Malgue [Toulon] le 26 août 1793". (Bound Ms. 4 ++)
Contains a list of the twelve members of this royalist committee as well as a list of the prisoners kept in the fort.

 
"Reclamation des courtisanes parisiennes adressee à l'Assemblee nationale concernant l'abolition des titres deshonorants tels que garces, putains, toupies, maquerelles, etc, etc." (Bound Ms. 7)
Manuscript copy of a revolutionary pamphleet. A note indicates that the copyist was the famous Parisian bibliographer Jacques Charles Brunet (1780-1867.)

 
Minutes of the correspondence sent by the "Comite general des sections de Toulon" (Bound Ms. 7 ++)


 
"Registre des arrêtes et requisitions pris par les representants du peuple [pres les armees et departements du Midi] Paul Barras et Freron commence le 21 brumaire an II de la Republique [et se terminant le 20 pluviose]." (Bound Ms. 8 ++)
Documents the revolt of Toulon and the Jacobine repression.

 
ALS from Napoleon Bonaparte to Major General Berthier (Bound Ms. 9)
Strategic instructions for the early stages of the campaign in Germany which culminated in the French victory of Wagram. The letter has been published in the "Correspondance de Napoleon Ier", 1865, vol. 18, nr. 15030.

 
Miscellaneae (Bound Ms. 10)
Includes a letter from Necker to Beaumarchais on the arms-for-tobacco deal with America, 1779 (10-1), another from Calonne to Beaumarchais about a favor made by court banker Micault d'Harvelay, n.d. (10-2), a portrait of Mme Necker (10-3), an allegory of "Time", n.d. (10-4), a caricature of Lafayette, Bailly and d'Orleans as "animaux malfaisants", c. 1790 (10-5), another of Philippe d'Orleans as King of Spades or "Philippe pique", c. 1790 (10-6), another of Lafayette, October 1789 (10-7), and a royalist engraving blasting "[les] brigands furieux [qui] ont mis la france au pillage", n.d. (10-8.)

 
"Souvenirs, anecdotes et pensees diverses, ou Morale de l'histoire et des philosophes" (Bound Ms. 11)
Anonymous volume of "souvenirs" and historical notations, most about ancient Rome, confirming that "the French Revolution was played in Roman clothes" (Karl Marx.)

 
"Lettres de cachet" (Bound Ms. 12++)
Contains 141 original documents assembled by A.D. White, mostly related to the judicial system of Old Regime France: lettres de cachet (i.e., letters signed by the king of France [in this case, Louis XVI], countersigned by one of his ministers, and closed with the royal seal, or cachet [here, 4 letters still bear it]. They contained orders directly from the king, often to enforce arbitrary actions and judgements that could not be appealed); passports and special authorizations to sojourn in Paris (e.g., for Alsatian Jews); also, an order to accomodate the arrival of future Queen Marie-Antoinette in France in February 1770.