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MARQUIS GILBERT du MOTIER de LAFAYETTE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/03/1830 - DOCUMENT 32532

 

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MARQUIS de LAFAYETTE
His handwritten letter describing his duties as National Guard Commander, written two months after the Revolution of 1830, framed in the Gallery of History Style to 36x21.
Autograph Letter signed: "Lafayette", 1 page, 9x8¼. Paris, (France), 1830 October 3. To Monsieru le Viscount le vasseur aide de Camp of gnl L.f. at Paris. In French, translated in full: "Every morning I plan to go to see you, my dear le Vasseur, and I find myself so busy at every moment of the day that I go to bed before being able to do what is the most important for me or what I have my Heart set on. the delegations of the national guard of all france arrive at almost every hour and this is only one part of the necessary use of my hours. The correspondance (sic) is like cancelled by its immensity for no one is obliged to do the impossible. Among my appointments for tomorrow I will have M. Conte president of the direction of the gates which makes me hope for something pertaining to the gate of Versailles. As for your affair the King keeps telling me that we see that the note is carefully guarded by him and that he is not forgetting us. It has not been decided what would happen to the former and to the new civil list in Versailles. After my appointments I shall go to present to the King, who will be visiting the Corps, the Convicts for the political Cause: and from there I must Run to the chamber for the jury of the gate and of police Court. As soon as I will have an instant of respite I will go to give you the expression of my affectionate friendship." Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834), wrote this letter to his secretary Auguste Levasseur, who had been wounded two months earlier during the Revolution of 1830 (July 27-29). During this conflict, Lafayette had aided the working class in bringing about the abdication of the unsympathetic King Charles X (reign 1824-1830). Now as Commander of the National Guard, he was forced to guard four of Charles X's supporters who had been arrested and were awaiting trial; among the political prisoners was the recently deposed Prime Minister, Prince Jules de Polignac. The masses wanted vengeance and demanded their execution while Louis Philippe, the newly appointed King of the French (reign 1830-1848), refused to release them. Lafayette believed law and order were necessary to restore peace in France; consequently, he chose to support the King on this issue and protect the prisoners from violent mobs. Two months after Lafayette wrote this letter, each of the four men were sentenced to life imprisonment. Slightly soiled. Folds, horizontal fold touches the ascender of the "L". Overall, fine condition. Framed in Gallery of History style: 36½x21½.


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MARQUIS GILBERT du MOTIER de LAFAYETTE
Born: September 6, 1757 in Chavaniac, Kingdom of France
Died: May 20, 1834 in Paris, France



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