DUPETIT-THOUARS, Abel Aubert (1793-1864)
Dupetit-Thouars : autograph letter signed, dated October 1841
Single sheet, folding to form  sides, small octavo, manuscript in brown ink, headed Paris, 30 Octobre 1841, a note from Admiral Dupetit-Thouars to General Hecquet [1787-1872], advising him that he will soon receive the latest volumes of Dupetit-Thouars’ monumental work Voyage autour du monde sur la frégate la Vénus, pendant les annees 1836-1839 (published by Casimir Gide between 1840 and 1855, in 10 text volumes and 4 atlas volumes); “Je prends le parti de vous envoyer un mien petit cousin qui vous remettra le complément de l’atlas pittoresque de mon Voayge et le 2è. vol. Le 3è vous sera envoyé un peu plus tard par les soins de M. Gide, mon éditeur de qui, au reste, vous pourriez le faire réclamer dans un mois à peu près […]”; the letter is signed on the third side A. Dupetit-Thouars, and addressed on the fourth side to Monsieur le g.al Hecquet, commandt. la subdivision à Courbevoie; complete, clean and legible.
Dupetit-Thouars’ voyage in the Vénus was critical to the establishment of a French colonial presence in the Pacific, as well as for the promotion and protection of French commercial activities around the globe. His account, Voyage autour du monde, ranks as one of the most important nineteenth century works on Pacific voyages.
‘Dupetit-Thouars’s account of his stay in California, in 1837, is one of the most important and complete records of the Mexican period. In 1838, the Vénus made a run for Easter Island, further investigated the coast of South America, then sailed for the Galápagos and Marquesas Islands, Tahiti and New Zealand. At Tahiti the expedition forced Queen Pomaré to write a letter to the King of France apologising for mistreatment of French priests, to pay an indemnity, and to salute the French flag. He had also made a treaty with Kamehameha III of Hawaii. After visits to Sydney and Mauritius, the ship sailed home, arriving after a voyage of thirty months…’ (Hill).