Marie-Louise Christophe

See also: A much longer piece on Marie-Louise in Waterman's CARIB QUEENS.

p. 161 in Heinl:

"Henry's window, Marie-Louise, with her daughters, Amethyste and Athenaire, was allowed to leave Haiti, for England. In 1824 they moved to Pisa, where they found the climate more salubrias. Neither daughter married, and both died prematurely. After Athenaire's death in 1839, Marie-Louise wrote Boyer, requesting that she be permitted to return to her beloved homeland, heartlessly, Boyer ignored her and in 1851, she died alone and in exile."

Some time ago you may recall that I posted a note from some one looking for information about Marie Louise Christophe. One scholar wrote back in with information that she was fairly sure Marie Louise ended up in Pisa, Italy.

Today I was in my office and just noted a small book on the shelf which I had never really looked at, though several times it had intrigued me.

The book is CARIB QUEENS by Charles E. Waterman. Published in Boston by Bruce Humphries, Inc. in 1935, it is the story of three women:

Delilee, the lover of Jean Jacques Dessalines Marie-Louise Christophe, wife of Henry Christophe and Josephine, sister of Napoleon.

I a can report the last sentence of this chapter on Marie Louise confirms the report about Pisa. The chapter ends with this sentence:

"All that is mortal of her sleeps in a little cemetery in the rear of the Capuchin's monastery in Pisa, Italy."

--Bob Corbett


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