Scope and Content of Collection
The Louis Pocquet papers consist of a letterbook of 94 holographic pages, written entirely in French, covering the period 1805 to 1811. Entries are not in chronologically and some contain information prior to 1805. Recorded are observations, various notes, accounts of occurrences, and timelines, but mostly letters, hence the title of the letterbook, A Collection of Correspondence. The volume contains approximately 160 of Captain Pocquet's out-going letters in addition to several that he received. Throughout the letterbook Pocquet has various notes, even some informally written in the margins.
Pocquet's correspondence is addressed to individuals in a wide range of locations, including Rome, Jerusalem, the Americas and several cities in France. Among Pocquet's addresses are Pope Pius VII, the Prince, the Empress and Napoleon, the "Emperor of the French and King of Italy."
Among the letters addressed to Captain Pocquet are one from Sir Magallon of Martiniere, a Division General who served with Pocquet; one from Lieutenant Gautier, Pocquet's previous Lieutenant of the 40th Company of Veterans; one from General Buernonville, the Senator; one from DeMeis, the Mayor of Laon; one from Noudel, the Mayor of Nancy; and one from Oflouterel Mayor of Mont-Cornet. Also included are two letters from the War Count of the Empire to the Bureau of the Ministry of Paris and there are two entries that were begun only to be crossed out midway.
The letters primarily concern war-related information, although four letters are to his niece and at least one is to his relatives in America. Many of the letters concern the Empress, revealing her political eminence during the era. Captain Pocquet's letterbook has been described as a single series.