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Du Bouzet, Eugène, marquis (1805-1867)
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Marquis Du Bouzet, Letters to his Mother
Manuscripts Division
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0.2 linear feet and 1 box
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-001798


Consists of 62 ALsS by Marquis du Bouzet to his mother, written while on service in the French Navy in the Mediterranean. The letters range in date from 1826 to 1831.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Collection comprises 62 ALsS by Marquis Du Bouzet to his mother, written while on service in the French Navy in the Mediterranean and describing the events of the Greek War of Independence including the Battle of Navarino (1827), the Morea Expedition (1828-1831), the mediation of Turkey-Greece negotiations, a meeting with Egyptian Commander Pasha Ibrahim, and others; with mentions of the circumnavigation on the frigate "Thétis" in 1824-1826 under command of Hyacinthe de Bougainville, in which Du Bouzet took part.

Collection Creator Biography:

Du Bouzet, Eugène, marquis

Marquis Eugène du Bouzet was a French naval officer, explorer and colonial administrator; he took part in two circumnavigations - the 1824-1826 expedition of "Thétis" and "Espérance" under command of Hyacinthe de Bougainville; and Jules Dumont-Durville's expedition on "Astrolabe" and "Zélée" in 1838-1840. Du Bouzet was the second in command on the "Zélée" and was in the first boat which landed on the newly discovered Adelie Land (Antarctica). For over ten years he served in the South Pacific on several occasions: in 1841-1843 as the captain of the "Allier" and later "Aube," visiting New Zealand and Tahiti, and solving diplomatic issues on the Wallis and Futuna Islands; in 1847-1849 as the captain of corvette "Brillante" he protected French missionaries in New Caledonia, New Hebrides, Tonga, Samoa, Tahiti and the Marquesas. In 1854-1858 he was the Governor of French Polynesia and the commander of the Naval subdivision, making a great input in the development of Noumea (New Caledonia). In the rank of Rear Admiral he returned to France and later commanded French naval forces in Algeria and Brazil.

Collection History


Acquired with matching funds provided by the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund, in 2019 (AM 2019-120).


No materials were removed from the collection during 2019 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Kalliopi Balatsouka in 2019. Finding written by Kalliopi Balatsouka in July 2021.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

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Credit this material:

Marquis Du Bouzet, Letters to his Mother; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-001798