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School gives France letter from Napoleon's brother

Monday - 5/13/2013, 2:01pm  ET

Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Special delivery from Northwestern University to France: A letter from Napoleon Bonaparte's brother.

The university plans a ceremony this week to hand over a letter dated April 27, 1792, and signed by Joseph Bonaparte. The letter will be given to M. Graham Paul, consul general of France.

One of the school's archivists found the letter a few years ago. It was part of a collection given to Northwestern by the family of a man named Jack McBride, who is credited with saving the collection during World War II on the island of Corsica -- the birthplace of Napoleon -- when he stopped soldiers from burning documents.

In the letter, Bonaparte writes in Italian about his then-22-year-old brother and a "skirmish" he got into on Corsica.

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