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Beaupoil de St. Aulaire letters

Identifier: Gen-Mss-Beaupoil

Scope and Contents

The twelve items in the Beaupoil de St. Aulaire letters concern the social activities and family news of a female French émigré living in England at the turn of the nineteenth century. The letters are primarily personal in nature, but also discuss French politics, language, and culture, particularly in reference to Napoleon Bonaparte and the French Revolution. The letters, many of which do not address the recipient by name, all appear to be written to the same person, possibly a Miss Phipps, who is living with Mrs. Cholmley "under the hill" at Richmond, Surrey.


  • 1803-08 - 1803-10

Language of Materials

In French.

Conditions Governing Access

The Beaupoil de St. Aulaire letters is open for research. Researchers are encouraged to contact Special Collections staff prior to a visit.

Conditions Governing Use

In consultation with Special Collections staff, reproductions may be made upon request. Material in this collection is in the public domain.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

L2 Storage

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Second Life Books on the William Edward Archer Fund, October 2000. ubt.ft.

Processing Information

This collection was previously thought to contain letters of Cosme-Joseph de Beaupoil, comte de Saint-Aulaire (10 September 1743 - 25 March 1822), who was a lieutenant-general of the French Royal Army. He entered military service in 1754 as a member of the light cavalry (Chevaux-Legers). A captain of the Carabiniers during the Seven Years' War, he was injured at the battles of Crewelt and Minden. During the French Revolution, he protected the Dauphin during the March on Versailles during the nights of October 5-6, 1789. He emigrated in 1791, rose to the rank of lieutenant-general, and received the Grand Cross (Grand-Croix) of the Order of Saint-Louis. He married Marie-Madeleine de Saint-Janvier (d. 1842 or 1848)in 1780. They had two children: Frédéric-Martial-Luce de Beaupoil de Saint-Aulaire (1782-1790), and Catherine-Louise-Adélaïde de Beaupoil de Saint-Aulaire.

Substantial evidence indicates that the letters were written by a woman with the surname St. Aulaire, not by Cosme-Joseph. Grammatical constructions indicate both writer and recipient(s) were female. Furthermore, the writer refers to their son; Cosme-Joseph Beaupoil's only son died a decade before these letters were written. The exact identity of the writer has not been confirmed.
Beaupoil de St. Aulaire letters
Peale, Anne
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Repository Details

Part of the Chapin Library Repository

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