PRUSSIA. Frederick William II, King of Prussia, autograph (“Guillaume”), 1797
- Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
- Type: Item for Sale
- Date Posted: Sep 27, 2013
Frederick William II, King of Prussia, autograph (in French “Guillaume”), dated 18 August 1797 (shortly before his death), to Major General Groeben in St. Petersburg. The document (a fragment of a longer letter) bears French text, signature in French as King, date, and more information below the signature. It’s a fragile paper, considering it is more than 200 years old, but the text is absolutely clear. It is approximately 8-1/4” by 5”, as shown in the image. I suspect General Groeben (also Gröben) is Karl Graf von der Groeben or Friedrich Gottfried Graf von der Groeben a Prussian diplomat assigned to St. Petersburg. Frederick William II (b. 1744 – 16 November 1797) was a Hohenzollern King of Prussia, from 1786 until his death. He was the Prince-Elector of Brandenburg and the sovereign prince of the Principality of Neuchâtel. His lack of administrative ability caused Prussia to decline; he joined Austria in support of French Royalty banished during the French Revolution. Directly to the point, he was more the pleasure-loving and indolent monarch rather than wise sovereign, and is seen as the antithesis to his predecessor, Frederick II ("The Great"). The text is a beautiful addition to an historic royal collection. U.S. customers, please carefully review the images. Due to customs restrictions by some governments, I do not sell internationally. Either PayPal or cashiers/registered bank check from J.P. Morgan Chase (or other reputable bank) are acceptable forms of payment. The document ships via U.S.P.S. from New York City, and sales are final.