Minckwitz Saxony Passport 1842

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Thanks to the support of a good fellow collector I had the chance to acquire this important passport of Saxony issued by honorable Johannes von Minckwitz. This noble family was first mentioned in 1168 and still exists today. You can visit the Family of Minckwitz website here (German).

Johannes von Minckwitz (1787-1857) Minckwitz Saxony Passport 1842

Minckwitz Johannes von, born 1787 in Altenburg, was 1803 officer in the Saxon Cürassierregiment Kochtitzki, participated in the battle of 1806, was 1810 Thielemann’s aide and 1812 Captain in the Russian battle , 1813 he followed Thielemann to Torgau and took his farewell because he does not want to fight against his countrymen nor wanted to join the Russians, then he was in the General Staff of the Grand Duke of Weimar and fought in the Belgian battle, in 1815 he became the rank of a Major, 1816, he arrived as chief of staff to Dresden, in 1817 charge d’affaires in Berlin, 1818 Member of the Federal military Commission in Frankfurt a. M., Colonel and Adjutant General, 1819 Saxon envoy in Berlin in 1822 and privy councilor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 1825 he went as a coronation ambassador to Petersburg, 1826 deliberative royal Saxon commissioner at the Gotha Inherits healing, in 1827 again envoy in Berlin, sent to Warsaw in 1828, 1830 Cabinet Minister, 1831 Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, 1833 also Minister of State of the royal house, 1835-47 again envoy to Berlin and since 18 March 1857 in Dresden. His father was Wilhelm Friedrich August von Minckwitz, a senior minister in the duchy of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. Minckwitz Saxony Passport 1842

Minckwitz Johannes von, geb. 1787 in Altenburg, war 1803 Offizier im sächsischen Cürassierregiment Kochtitzki, machte den Feldzug von 1806 mit, wurde 1810 Thielemanns Adjutant u. im Russischen Feldzug 1812 Rittmeister, folgte 1813 Thielemann nach Torgau u. nahm dort, da er weder gegen seine Landsleute fechten, noch auch zu den Russen übergehen wollte, seinen Abschied, machte dann im Generalstabe des Großherzogs von Weimar den belgischen Feldzug mit u. wurde 1815 Major; 1816 kam er als Chef des Generalstabes nach Dresden, wurde 1817 Geschäftsträger in Berlin, 1818 Mitglied der Militärbundescommission in Frankfurt a. M., Oberst u. Generaladjutant, 1819 sächsischer Gesandter in Berlin u. 1822 Geh. RathUnterstaatssecretär im Ministerium des Auswärtigen; 1825 ging er als Krönungsbotschafter nach Petersburg, wurde 1826 berathender königlich sächsischer Commissarius bei der gothaischen Erbtheilung, 1827 nochmals Gesandter in Berlin, 1828 nach Warschau gesandt, 1830 Cabinetsminister, 1831 Staatsminister des Auswärtigen, 1833 zugleich des königlichen Hauses, 1835–47 wieder Gesandter in Berlin u. st. den 18. März 1857 in Dresden. Sein Vater war Friedrich August Wilhelm von Minckwitz, leitender Minister im Herzogtum Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg.

Count August Carl Bose (1787-1862), Dresden, was a Royal Saxon Privy Councillor and Lord Chamberlain at the court of the King of Saxony. Graf August Carl Bose (1787-1862), Dresden, war ein Königlich-Sächsischer Wirklicher Geheimer Rat und Hofmarschall am Hofe des sächsischen Königs. Minckwitz Saxony Passport 1842

Count Bose traveled “via Leipzig and Frankfurt to France and Italy and via Saxony back to Livonia.” On the front and the pages two and three with a total of 22 stamps, entries and signatures, etc. from Milan, Naples, Rome, Civitavecchia, Mannheim, Würzburg, Teplitz, etc.

Graf von Bose reiste “über Leipzig, Frankfurt a.M nach Frankreich und Italien und über Sachsen nach Liefland zurück.” Auf dem Titel und den Seiten zwei und drei insgesamt 22 Stempel mit Einträgen und Unterschriften, u.a. aus Mailand, Neapel, Rom, Civitavecchia, Mannheim, Würzburg, Teplitz usw.

PASSPORT. – Berlin. – Saxony. “His Royal Majesty of Saxony, etc. … Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary at the Royal Prussian court, Johannes von Minckwitz.” Passport for Count Carl August von Bose.With the original signatures of the “Carl August von Bose” and “JvonMinckwitz”. Above, the Saxon crest and the Minckwitz’sche crest below. On the front and the two following blank pages, about 22 visas with stamps. Sided lithographed form with ornamental border, handwritten, Berlin, dated 17th October 1842, 40 x 23.5 cm. Minckwitz Saxony Passport 1842

REISEPASS. – Berlin. – Sachsen. “Seiner Königlichen Majestät von Sachsen etc. … außerordentlicher Gesandter und bevollmächtigter Minister am Königlich Preußischen Hofe, Johannes von Minckwitz.” Reisepaß für den Grafen Carl August von Bose. Mit den Originalunterschriften des “Carl August Graf Bose” und des “JvonMinckwitz”. Oben das Sächsische, unten das Minckwitz’sche Wappen. Auf dem Titel und den zwei folgenden, unbedruckten Seiten insgesamt ca. 22 Sichtvermerke mit Stempeln. Einseitiges lithographiertes Formular mit ornamentaler Umrandung, handschriftlich ausgefüllt, Berlin, dat. 17. Okt. 1842, 40 x 23,5 cm.

Saxony passport Minckwitz 1842

P.S. I was contacted by the Minckwitz family and was happy to provide a copy.

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