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1 ELISÉE, Talachon-Marie-Vincent [called "Father Elisée"]. Autograph Letter Signed, from Father Elisée to Monsieur Le Vicomte De Montmorency, October [15/6?], [1815/16?].
[Paris ?], 1815/16. 1815 Signed
1 page. With the red wax seal of the Cabinet du Premier Chirurgien. The letter recognizes a mason worker who has suffered a life-crippling injury that has forced him to go to a hospice. His four children and their mother were in need of help. The King's Surgeon writes and asks for the favor of some aid. The letter is written during the reign of King Louis XVIII who returned from exile in 1815. His favorite surgeon was Father Elisée who was given the title Premier Chirurgien in 1797, which he retains until his own death in 1817. AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED FROM KING LOUIS XVIII'S "FIRST SURGEON". Text: Cabinet du Premier Chirurgien / du Aoi XI. S. … A Monsieur / Paris 15[?] Octobre 181[5-7]. Monsieur Le Vicomte, Veuillez me permettre de recommander à votre Bienfaisance un malheureux Ouvrier … maçon estropié L'incurable qui demande une place dans l'hospice du fau- [?] G. P. Martin [Probably a reference to: Germain Pichault de La Martinière.]. Je m'intéresse [?] particulièrement à quatre enfants un bas âge & sa femme qu'il laisse dans le plus triste dénouement [?] puisqu'il ne peut plus travailler. Je vous serai infiniment obligé de ce que vous voudrez bien faire en sa faveur. Agréez, Monsieur Le Vicomte L'hommage de ma haute considération, [Addressed to:] A monsieur Monsieur Le Vicomte De Montmorency. [Rubber-stamp:] Premier Chirurgien du Roi, P. Elisée. Translation: Would you let me please recommend to your beneficence/kindness [regarding a] sad/poor laborer/worker mason [who is] crippled. [He] cannot be cured and asks for place at a hospice … G. P. Martin. I am particularly interested in the four children of small age and their mother he is leaving [behind] …. In the saddest [end] because he can't work anymore. I will be infinitely obliged/grateful for always, for what you can do in his favor/help. Father Elisée had the title of « Premier Chirurgien du Roi » under Louis XVIII, King of France (1815–1824). Talachon-Marie-Vincent Elisée, was born at Lagny in 1753. He went into exile in 1793 and in 1797 Louis XVIII chose him as his first surgeon, a title he continued to hold until he died September 29, 1817. Father [père] Elisée was King Louis XVIII's favorite physician. Father Elisée favored, Jean-Théodore Marquais, "former principal surgeon of the Paris Charité, denounced the health officers and called for separate surgical teaching. The two served on a royal commission on medicine and surgery formed in November 1815; Marquais, with the support of a narrow majority, wrote a report along the lines that he and the First Surgeon favored." The Council of State was forced to follow a different path towards raising the standards of training for health officers. – Ramsey p. 83. He was a Brother of Charity [Brothers of Saint Jean de Dieu]. The king had brother Father Elisée back with him from exile. The Comtesse de Boigne's memoirs records [Elisée] "… was a clever doctor. During the Revolution he threw away his cassock, and plunged into all the extravagances of the time with the appetite of a man long under restraint. He found some amusement in introducing his successive mistresses under the title of "Mère" Elisée. By some means he discovered a considerable number of pretty girls, whom he then passed on to his friends or patrons. This business of his, with its accompanying disgraceful scenes, extended to the apartments of the King's palace, beneath the very eyes of Madame, who was aware of it, but made no difference in her treatment of him, though so scandalous a life, especially in the case of an old monk, would have met with just reprobation anywhere. But Father Elisée enjoyed the privilege of a man without a character, whose actions pass unreproved because the actor is unashamed" (pp. 121-122). See: Memoires of the Comtesse de Boigne, Volume 1, by Louise-Eléonore-Charlotte-Adélaide d'Osmond Boigne (Comtesse de). See also: Joseph Thomas, The Universal Dictionary of Biography and Mythology, p. 839; Matthew Ramsey, Professional and Popular Medicine in France 1770-1830: The Social World of medical practice, p.83; Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose, Thomas Wright, A new general biographical dictionary, Volume 7, (1853) p. 221; François-Xavier de Feller (S.J.), Dictionnaire historique, Volume 6, (1836) p. 328. 
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