This is a copy of a document held at The Tuileries in Paris. The Nicholas Rivron it refers to is believed to be the father of Jean Rivron, the subject of last week's post. It reads:
Louis, by the Grace of God, King of France and of Navarre, according to the report which has been sent to us, of the devotion and loyalty of which Monsieur Nicholas Rivron, Game Keeper of the community of Louroux, Loire Inferieure, has given us evidence by fighting bravely with our Royal Armies of the West; wishing to testify to Monsieur Rivron the satisfaction with which we approve his services, and to give him a token by which his services may be remembered by his family, we have decided to present him with this document, signed by our hand, as a token of our royal esteem.
Given at the Chateau of Tuileries on the 11th day of July 1817 and in the 23rd year of our reign.
The Louis in question is Louis XVIII. It is interesting that his estimate of the length of his reign ignores the reigns of the Emporors Napoleon I and II, and neither my maths nor my knowledge of French history are up to making the figures add up. Louis only became de facto king in 1814.
This is a Sepia Saturday post.