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MARQUIS GILBERT du MOTIER de LAFAYETTE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/17/1820 - HFSID 27565

MARQUIS de LAFAYETTE. ALS: "Lafayette", 1p, 7¼x9½. Lagrange, (France), 1820 November 17. To J. Milleru, Men, Department of Moselle (France). In French, translated in full: "The letter which you sent to me, sir, arrived very late.

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MARQUIS de LAFAYETTE. ALS: "Lafayette", 1p, 7¼x9½. Lagrange, (France), 1820 November 17. To J. Milleru, Men, Department of Moselle (France). In French, translated in full: "The letter which you sent to me, sir, arrived very late. I found it here when I came back from the Seine et Maine elections, but I do not want to miss this opportunity to let you know that I am aware of the injustice that you have endured and I admire the noble and patriotic manner in which you answered the proceeding, which was distressing for your friends but honorable for you. Please accept all my good wishes." Gilbert Motier Lafayette (1757-1834) resigned from the French Army in 1776 to join the Revolutionary forces in America, where he was commissioned Major General and joined the staff of George Washington. In 1779, he returned to France, where he received a hero's welcome. In 1780, Lafayette returned to America to fight with the American forces, playing a crucial role in the final victory of 1781 at Yorktown. Lafayette returned to France in 1782, devoting himself to the promotion of America's interests while remaining active in French political life. He revisited the U.S. in 1784 and again in 1824. In 1789, he became the Commander of the National Guard of France and commanded the army at Metz in the war with Austria in 1791. Opposing further advance of the Jacobin party in 1792, he was declared a traitor by the National Assembly and fled the country. Lafayette was imprisoned by the Austrians (1792-1797) and returned to France in 1799. Opposed to Napoléon's policies, he took no part in politics. In the revolution of 1830, Lafayette was made Commander in Chief of the National Guard and was instrumental in placing Louis Philippe on the throne. He remained a member of the Chamber of Deputies until his death. Creased and unevenly faded. ¾-inch circular stain at left center beneath signature. Overall, fine condition.

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