Nicolas-Marie FOURNIER DE LA CONTAMINE (Gex... - Lot 251 - Conan Belleville Hôtel d'Ainay

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Nicolas-Marie FOURNIER DE LA CONTAMINE (Gex... - Lot 251 - Conan Belleville Hôtel d'Ainay
Nicolas-Marie FOURNIER DE LA CONTAMINE (Gex 1760-1834), prelate, bishop of Montpellier (1806-1834); refusing the oath to the Civil Constitution of the Clergy, he lost his functions; his conservative preachings earned him 18 months of prison under the Consulate, in Bicêtre then in the citadel of Turin. 7 autograph letters (1 signed) to the countess of Bianchi. Prison of the citadel of Turin and Orleans, 1801-1803. 21 pp. in-4. Addresses on the back. Moving correspondence written during his incarceration in the prison of Turin (except for the last one); in 1801, having given a speech in Saint-Roch deploring the death of Louis XVI, he was arrested, locked up in Bicêtre, shorn and confined in a shed among the insane; he was transferred shortly afterwards to the citadel of Turin; Napoleon will have him out of there on the guarantee of cardinal Fesch who then called him to Lyon. "The archbishop was kind enough to write me a note when he heard that I was in Bicêtre, where I stayed for 25 days among the lunatics in a lodge and dressed like them [...].
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