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Guide to the Comte de Langeron Reports

MSN/COL 7901


Collection Summary

Title: Comte de Langeron reports
Dates: 1762-1763
Collection No.: MSN/COL 7901
Creator: Comte de Langeron, Alexandre-Claude-Nicholas, b. 1732
Creator: Bart, Philippe François
Creator: Clugny de Nuits, Jean Étienne Bernard, 1729-1776
Extent: 3 documents; 1 container
Language: Collection material in French
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: Retained copies of official reports written in 1762-63 from the Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue by the Comte de Langeron, a French army colonel.

Selected Search Terms

Clugny de Nuits, Jean Étienne Bernard, 1729-1776
Comte de Langeron, Alexandre-Claude-Nicholas, b. 1732
Bart, Philippe François
Saint-Domingue (Haiti)
France. Armée -- History -- 18th century -- Sources

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection

Preferred Citation: Comte de Langeron Reports, Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: The Langeron reports were purchased by the Hesburgh Libraries in 2005, from William Reese Co. of New Haven, Connecticut. Arranged and described 2006, by George Rugg. Finding aid 2009, by Jacob Baska and George Rugg.

Biographical Note

At the time the letters and memoranda in this collection were written, Alexandre-Claude-Nicholas, Comte de Langeron (b. 1732) was colonel of the régiment Royal-Barrois, stationed in the French colony of Saint-Domingue in the Caribbean. Langeron was from a notable military family. He and the approximately 400 members of the Royal-Barrois arrived at Saint-Domingue in December 1762, towards the end of the Seven Years War. They were stationed on the north coast of the colony, at Cap François (present-day Cap Haitien in Haiti). They remained in Saint-Domingue through the end of the war, returning to France in July 1765.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists primarily of retained copies of reports written by Langeron from Saint-Domingue in 1762-63.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged one document per folder.

Container List

  • Comte de Langeron. Reports, 1762 January-1763 March. Folder 1 (MSN/COL 7901-01).
    1 gathering, 32 cm., with 42 pages of manuscript on 22 leaves.
    A folio-sized gathering of around 47 official letters and memoranda written on Saint-Domingue from January 1762 to March 1763. Some appear to be in Langeron's hand. Most are directed to either Philippe François Bart, the governor of Saint-Domingue, or the duc de Choiseul, the French minister for foreign affairs. Much of the content relates to the organization, pay, and living conditions of the regiment, and to the promotion of officers. There is also discussion of the colony in general, and some intelligence regarding the British. Langeron also directs several letters to the King of Poland; several Polish regiments had been sent to assist the French in Saint-Domingue.
    • Comte de Langeron, Philippe Bart and Jean Étienne Bernard de Clugny. Report, 1762 January 27. Folder 2 (MSN/EA 7901-02).
      DS, 1 gathering, 31 cm., with 8 pages of manuscript on 4 leaves.
      A clear copy of a 14-point memorandum written by Langeron, with point-by-point responses written by Bart and Jean Étienne Bernard Clugny de Nuits, Intendant at Saint-Domingue. The document is signed by Langeron, Bart, and Clugny.
      • Comte de Langeron. Manuscript, 1762. Folder 3 (MSN/COL 7901-03).
        AD, 2 pages (24 cm.) on 1 sheet.
        A partial list of Langeron's letters to France, official and personal. Many of the former are included in MSN/COL 7901-1.