Guide to the Prince Achille Murat Papers, 1809-1845

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Guide to the Prince Achille Murat Papers, 1809-1845

Collection number: M0079

Department of Special Collections

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Mrs. Willis E.Lamb, Jr.
Date Completed:
ca. 1955
Reprocessed by:
Steven Mandeville-Gamble
Date Completed:
2003 Mar. 4
Encoded by:
C. Del Anderson
Supplementary Encoding by:
Steven Mandeville-Gamble
© 2003, 1998 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Prince Achille Murat Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1809-1845
Collection number: Special Collections M0079
Creator: Murat, Achille, prince, 1801-1847
Extent: 3.5 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Provenance

Gift of Homer Spence, 1947-1951.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Prince Achille Murat Papers, M0079, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biography

Achille Murat, son of Caroline Bonaparte and Joachim Murat (King of Naples, 1808-1815), grew up in Paris and Naples as heir presumptive to his father's titles. After the fall of Napoleon he lived in exile with his mother, brother Lucien, and sisters Letizia and Louise at Frohscorf Castle in Austria. Upon reaching his majority he petitioned for a passport to America. In 1823, he arrived in New York where news of a Spanish liberal revolution reached him. He decided to violate his promise never to return to Europe and sailed for Gibraltar, but he arrived too late. Upon his return to New York, he took out American citizenship papers and married a great-grand-niece of Washington, Catherine Willis Gray. He lived in Florida and for a time in New Orleans engaged in farming and various highly speculative business ventures. In the revolutionary 1830s he returned to Europe to become head of the Foreign Legion of the new Kingdom of Belgium, hoping for a "call from Italy" which never came. Back in America he published a book on the United States which failed to catch the public fancy. Murat was a staunch supporter of slavery though he professed to fight for the liberation of man. He was engaged in continuous litigation with the French Government for the Murat properties seized in 1815. He also tried to compel his uncle Joseph (Napoleon's elder brother) to give an accounting of funds the Emperor had given him to us "as I would use it."

Scope and Content

Primarily letters from various members of the Murat and Bonaparte families to Murat. Includes correspondence regarding Murat's attempt to organize a Belgium Foreign Legion in the 1830's; manuscripts of his writings on politics, slavery, economics, and literature; and family legal papers. The letters are in French, English, and Italian. Napoleon is not represented.

Access terms

Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de,1757-1834.
Murat, Achille, prince, 1801-1847.
Bonaparte family.
Murat family.
France.
Italy


Container List

 

Series 1. Family Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 1

Laetitia Ramolino Bonaparte (grandmother)

Box 1, Folder 2

Cardinal Fesch (brother of Laetitia and great uncle of Achille)

Box 1, Folder 3

Joseph Bonaparte (uncle of Achille)

Box 1, Folder 4

Joseph Bonapart to Marechal Clauzel?

Box 1, Folder 5

Julie (wife of Joseph)

Box 1, Folder 6

Empress Marie Lousie (aunt of Achille)

Box 1, Folder 7

Lucien Bonaparte (uncle to Achille)

Box 1, Folder 8

Alexandrine (wife of Lucien)

Box 1, Folder 9

Louis Bonaparte (brother of Napoleon)

Box 1, Folder 10

Hortense (daughter of Napoleon's first wife, Josephine Beauharnais)

Box 1, Folder 11

Elisa (sister of Napoleon)

Box 1, Folder 12

Felix Baciochi (husband of Elisa)

Box 1, Folder 13

Pauline Borghese (sister of Napoleon)

Box 1, Folder 14

Camille (husband of Pauline)

Box 1, Folder 15

Jerome Bonaparte (brother of Napoleon)

Box 1, Folder 16

Joachim Murat (father of Achille)

Box 1, Folder 17

Caroline (wife of Joachim and mother of Achille)1809 - 1810

Box 1, Folder 18

Caroline (wife of Joachim and mother of Achille)1811 - ca. 1814

Box 1, Folder 19

Caroline (wife of Joachim and mother of Achille)ca. 1815 & n.d.

Box 1, Folder 20

Caroline (wife of Joachim and mother of Achille), nos. 1 - 28, 1816 - 1824

Box 1, Folder 21

Caroline (wife of Joachim and mother of Achille), nos. 1 - 28, 1825 - 1829

Box 2, Folder 7

Lucien (younger brother of Achille)

Box 2, Folder 8

Christine Bonaparte (daughter of Lucien)

Box 2, Folder 9

Zenaide & Mathilde (daughters of Joseph)

Box 2, Folder 10

Letitia and Marie (daughters of Lucien)

Box 2, Folder 11

Catherine D. Murat

Box 2, Folder 12

Caroline.

Box 2, Folder 12

Antoniette de Hohenzollern

Box 2, Folder 13

Copies of letters by Achille Murat.

Box 2, Folder 34

Letitia (sister of Achille)

Box 2, Folder 56

Louise M. Rasponi (sister of Achille)

Box 4, Folder 1

Caroline Murat to Achille (oversize)

 

Series 2. General Correspondence

Box 2, Folder 14

de Bandus (Achilles tutor)

Box 2, Folder 15

Henry Bradfield.

Box 2, Folder 16

Letters B.

Box 2, Folder 17

Letters C.

Box 2, Folder 18

Letters D. including D'Hautemesnil.

Box 3, Folder 1

Philippi Girard.

Box 3, Folder 2

Letter G.

Box 3, Folder 3

Hopkinson.

Box 3, Folder 4

Letters H & K

Box 3, Folder 5

Letters L.

Box 3, Folder 6

Lafayette/Levasseus.

Box 3, Folder 7

General Felix MacDonald.

Box 3, Folder 8

Mercey.

Box 3, Folder 9

Mosbourg.

Box 3, Folder 10

Letters M.

Box 3, Folder 11

Letters 0-S.

Box 3, Folder 12

Thibandeau.

Box 3, Folder 13

Letters V-W.

Box 3, Folder 14

Achille Murat to Label.

Box 3, Folder 15

Unidentified letters [1 of 2]

Box 3, Folder 16

Unidentified letters [2 of 2]

 

Series 3. Papers

Box 4, Folder 2

Family papers (properties, wills, etc.).

Box 4, Folder 3

Murat papers on politics, economics, etc.

Box 4, Folder 4

On Slavery.

Box 4, Folder 7

Official Documents

Box 4, Folder 56

Business.

Box 5, Folder 1

Murat Papers: Miscellaneous.

Box 5, Folder 2

Murat Papers: politics, 1815 - 1822

Box 5, Folder 3

Murat Papers: Literature and studies.

Box 5, Folder 4

Murat Papers: Works, 1824

Box 5, Folder 5

Murat Papers: American subjects.

Box 5, Folder 6

Murat Papers: General topic.

Box 5, Folder 7

Murat Letters about America, to Thibeaudeau.

Box 5, Folder 8

Misc. manuscripts and printed items.

Box 6

Volume of Letters, 1840 - 1845