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Marquis Gilbert Du Motier De Lafayette Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: September 6, 1757 in Chavaniac, Kingdom of France
Died: May 20, 1834 in Paris, France
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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.

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