Samara O'Shea

No One Apologizes Quite Like Napoleon

Letter writers, collectors, and historians all hit the tangible jackpot yesterday! Roughly 1,000 historic letters were found hidden away in a filing cabinet in a Swiss laundry room. These epistles were written by the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill, John Donne, and Queen Elizabeth I. The missives were collected by a wealthy Austrian banker named Albin Schram who died in 2005. He neglected to tell his family of his astounding collection. The lot of letters is set to be auction off at Christie’s in London on July 3rd. It is estimated that they will yield up to $4.6 million. According to The New York Times, “’One of the rarest letters was written by an apologetic Napoleon on the morning after a furious argument with his wife, Josephine. In a spidery scrawl full of corrections and crossings out, Napoleon wrote, ‘I send you three kisses — one on your heart, one on your mouth and one on your eyes.’” I wonder what the fight was about! She must have called him a tyrant. . .