MARQUIS GILBERT du MOTIER de LAFAYETTE - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 02/19/1831 - HFSID 157663
MARQUIS de LAFAYETTE He signs a manuscript letter giving power of attorney to act for a cousin in a property settlement. Manuscript LS: "Lafayette" on verso, 1¼ pages, 7¼x8¾. Paris, 1831 February 19. To unnamed recipient. Begins: "My dear Sir
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MARQUIS de LAFAYETTE
He signs a manuscript letter giving power of attorney to act for a cousin in a property settlement.
Manuscript LS: "Lafayette" on verso, 1¼ pages, 7¼x8¾. Paris, 1831 February 19. To unnamed recipient. Begins: "My dear Sir". In full: "I have taken the liberty to send to you the power of attorney of my amiable cousin, the Countess Ocave de Segur, daughter to my uncle the late M[arqu]is de [illegible] and daughter-in-law to my excellent lately deceased friend Count Segur, the author of several works. Having not heard from you, I suppose you have been expecting the division of the property among Mr. Keray's creditors, which, I understand, is to take place by the middle of next April. I have left blank the names to leave you at liberty to appoint whom you please; but I beg leave most particularly to recommend this affair to you, being the only one to whom my cousin, mother of a numerous family, could resort to obtain a proper care of her concerns and the best result of her intervension (sic) in this affair. That confidence reposed on me; I have taken the liberty to delegate to you and know that I could not, on every point of [illegible], trust it to a better choice. I beg you to remember me most tenderly to both families, and am with all my heart Your affectionate friend." At the time of this letter, Lafayette was Commander of the French National Guard. 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. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Tape repair on verso at lower horizontal fold shows through, touching 3 lines of writing (all legible). Lightly stained, light show-through of ink. Chipped at upper left edge. Overall, fine condition.
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