Lot 6563: Tsarina Ekaterina II (1729 - 1796) - a handwritten letter to her Quartermaster General Count von Elmpt
02 November 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: One double sheet (22.5 x 19 cm) with watermark "D & C Blauw". Two pages written in ink, Catherine writes in German (tr.) "... I have received your two letters safely and wrote about them to the Governor General ... my opinion hasn't changed, I still insist on my edict and the afore mentioned letter is written in confirmation of this matter. I furthermore wish that the construction of this important building will progress without any obstacles ... incidentally, I cannot express anything but contentment with your leadership ... Catherine". Folded. Field Marshal Ivan Karpovich Count von Elmpt (1725 Kleve - 1802 Kurland) joined the French military early and went to Russia in 1749. He was appointed Colonel in 1755, was honoured for his courage in the Seven Years' War in 1759 and consequently became Brigadier. In 1762 Tsar Peter III promoted him to Major General and Quartermaster General. In 1763 he received the Order of Saint Anna, and Catherine II awarded him the Order of Alexander Nevsky for the conquest of Moldavia, especially due to his contribution to the storming of Khotyn Fortress in the campaign led by Prince Golizyn. In 1796 he became Infantry General, Commander of the Livlandsky Division, Chief of the Saint Petersburg Grenadier Regiment, which was named after him. In 1798 Tsar Paul I appointed him Field Marshal and awarded him the Order of Saint Andrew. Von Elmpt went into retirement in 1798.
Condition Report: II
Notes: Russland Zarenreich