PRUSSIA. Frederick William II, King of Prussia, autograph (“Guillaume”), 1797
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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.