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    American Revolution - François 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", 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. 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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