MARQUIS GILBERT du MOTIER de LAFAYETTE - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 10/31/1831 - HFSID 252464
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MARQUIS de LAFAYETTE
Signed manuscript letter of 1831: He has time for an appointment after completing court business and personal travels.
Manuscript Letter signed: "Lf", 1 page, 6x7½. No place, 1831 October 31. Addressed on integral leaf to Doctor Frick, Paris. In full: "General La Fayette has the honor to pay his compliments to Doctor Frick, and will be very happy to welcome him to Paris, but has been taken off these past days by his attendance at meetings in a court of justice, and now is on his way to La Grange from where he will be returned Thursday. If it was convenient to Dr Frick to call Rue d'Anjou on Friday between 9 & 10 o'clock, he would be very eager to have the honor to see him." 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 foxed. One-inch tear above integral leaf address. Illegible postmarks. Overall, fine condition.
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