King Louis XVIII, signed document

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King Louis XVIII, signed document

King of France and Navarre (born 1755) from 1814 until his death in 1824 (save a brief interruption in 1815 while fleeing Napoleon during the Hundred Days). Louis himself claimed that his reign dated from the death of his nephew, the Dauphin Louis XVII, in 1795. Manuscript DS in French, signed “Louis Stanislas Xavier,” one page, 9 x 13, December 31, 1778. An untranslated financial document authorizing the transfer of 23 livres from the National Treasury to reimburse a French government official for his services to the royal government. Document is affixed to a slightly larger off-white sheet. Slightly trimmed edges, intersecting folds, a few trivial spots, and light pencil remnants to lower right, otherwise fine condition. A much earlier and scarcer version of Louis’s signature than typically seen. PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.