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ACTUAL MUSKETEER LETTERS!

I am so happy that a friend of mine, who was actually born in Gascony, France (where d'Artagnan himself was born) has shared these actual Musketeer letters with all of us! My friend's name is Nicole Marques, and you can visit her at: www.myspace.com/nicolemarques. Stop by to pay her a visit, and to say thank you for this extremely rare opportunity to have a look into the past at these one and only copies. Also, we must respect her ownership of these letters, and not download or copy the text (or for her kind translations) in any form without her express written consent.

Thanks, and enjoy!

First Letter, dated 1756

Translation (provided by Nicole):

 

MOUSQUETAIRES DU ROY package

 

Chevalier Jean de Banne, Mousquetaire Gris" -  to become "Comte de Banne" later.

 

- Aide Major from 1735 to 1759 *

- Brigadier de Cavalerie (Calvalry Brigadier) 1745

- Maréchal de Camp (Major General) 1748

 

Together: 1 letter signed and one letter signed/autographed by "Le Chevalier de Banne" addressed to a King's Musketeer, in Languedoc.

One letter dated: Paris, February 20, 1756

One letter dated Paris, January 11, 1759.

 

The letter below from 1756 shows only a very , very tiny spot of wax under the address.

The letter from 1759 (not translated yet) has a large yet not fantastic reddish spot of old wax!

 

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Letter from 1756 addressed to:

 

Monsieur de Moynier, Mousquetaire du Roi

Aymargues in Languedoc

By Lunel (a town in France)

 

By: Monsieur le Chevalier de Bannes talking about what the Marquis De Jumilhac asked him to do the following:

 

Letter:

 

Paris, February 20, 1756

Mr Le Marquis de Jumihac, monsieur has instructed me to let you know that you will be exempt for reasons only known to him, to participate at the King's inspection (parade) this year and he is allowing you extra time off duty until further notice. [bad sign, he, he!!]

However you are expected to send your company horse, all equipped, to Paris where he  should arrive no later than the 5th of April.

Failure to do so Mr. Le Marquis de Jumilhac will attribute your pay to the Musketeer who will ride your horse.

I have the honor, Monsieur, to perfectly be your humble and obedient servitor.

Che. De Banne

 

There s a response to that letter in small prints below the signature of De Banne, difficult to read but I gathered most of it!

 

"What is asked of you is not proper procedure and could have been done differently.  My advice to you is to send your horse in order to keep your allocation ; I am saddened by what I read and we will see what happens. I think that you are upset to **always have to go to Paris.

Always keep your friendship."

Signature

[I can't read the signature. Presumably some other person he showed the letter to for advice.]

[P.S. *I am not that familiar with ranks in the Musketeers army. The French version is perhaps the one to stick with.]

[** Can't really be sure of the have to go before Paris. It does look like this though. Old French was very different as for instance "ver" would be "voir" etc. so words have to be decoded.]

[I believe the Marquis de Jumilhac was Captain-Lieutenant of the first  Company of  "Mousquetaires de la Garde."]

2nd Letter

This letter is signed by Jean de Banne, to Musketeer De Moynier, is about the generous amount he received from the King: 4,000 livres added to his 3,000 livres he used to perceive the year before. It looks like he could be retiring from his duties. The rest is a lengthy polite ending.

Recognizeable is the symbol used to described the French currency "livre," at a time that had a certain value in gold just like the "ecu." However, it is of a different value.

Perhaps of some interest, a short genealogy tree from the De Banne family will follow below. The letters also had a hand written incomplete  'family tree" that was verifiable online from some reputable French sites.

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Short version of the Family Tree from the House of "De Banne d'Avéjan"

Branch B

Family from Languedoc known not only for their old nobility but also for their alliances. The oldest Branch dates back to 1181.

Jean de Banne who wrote and signed the letters written in 1756 and 1759 starting with his father and mother:

Charles de Banne, Lord of Montgros and Lignemaille, marries Marie Lefils on January 15, 1705.

One child:

1. Pierre*

Second marriage February 23, 1707  to Marie-Anne Fraissines.

Children:

Jean de Banne (Chevalier de, later to become Count of) Lord of Sandricourt and Amblainville.   Mousquetaire Gris du Roi.  Aide-Major from 1735 to 1759, Brigadier de Cavalery in 1745, Maréchal de camp in 1748, Governor of Ardres in Picardie, marries Marie-Geneviève de Thouron d'Arsilly on June 11, 1759.

Two daughters: Geneviève-Louise and Suzanne.          

2. Louis

3. Five more daughters.

* Pierre de Banne, Comte d'Avéjan (title inherited from the older Branch later on) also Baron des états de Languedoc in 1767, Lord of Montgros and Lignemaille, Captain of Cavalry in 1739, also Mousquetaire du Roi, marries Marie-Françoise d'Arbaud de Blausac on October 27, 1745.

Note: Of some interest, one member of this de Banne-d'Avéjan family took over the Company of Musketeers after the death of Joseph de Montesquiou-d'Artagnan, apparently parent with Charles de Batz-Castelmore-d'Artagnan, "the" d'Artagnan who inspired Charles Dumas Père.

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