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    (American Revolution) Francois Joseph Paul, Comte de Grasse manuscript Document Signed "Le Compte De Grasse". Two pages, 8" x 12.5", Brest, [France], [no date] in French being an agreement to pay the Widow Bernard for supplies for the French Navy signed by De Grasse together with twelve other French Naval officers including Admiral Charles Henri Hector, Compte d'Estaing "Estaing", Admiral Jean François de Galaup, Compte de La Pérouse, Admiral Luc Arbain de Bouexic, Compte de Guichen, Clement de Taffauel, Marquis de la Jonquiére and Comte d'Hector. The verso details the purchase of salted beef, peas, lentils and other provisions for use by the French Navy. De Grasse was the French Admiral responsible for commanding the fleet that blocked the British squadron sent to relieve Cornwallis at Yorktown, sealing the latter's fate in 1781. D'Estaing commanded a French squadron during the war involved in the attempt on Newport, Rhode Island in 1778 and an attempt on Savannah the following year. One of the ships at Savannah was commanded by La Pérouse, who would go on to become famous for his exploration of the Pacific. He and his crew vanished en-route home to France in 1787. Light foxing, margins just a tad rough, usual folds, else fine condition with dark, bold signatures. Provenance: Goodspeed's, Boston, 1964; Collection of R. O. McNiel.


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