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    Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette Letter Signed "Lafayette." One page, 7.25" x 8.25", La Grange; August 7, 1821. Addressed to a Mr. Casimir Périer and written in an unknown hand in French. The letter asks for aid for prisoners held at Grenoble. The translation reads in full:

    "The letter that I herewith enclose the copy will unveil, my dear colleague, four or five injustices about which we are powerless. Especially since we no longer have the consolation of the Tribunal. You will also learn the situation (plight) of two interesting men for whom ugly snares were laid, for whose relief pecuniary means from our committee of National subscription are counted or depended on. You are aware that these feeble means have long since been exhausted. If I expected to obtain any help in that quarter again I would write to Mr. Merilton, I would propose a meeting. You would do it for what little advantage you would obtain for these two prisoners at Grenoble; but in case you do not flatter yourself any more than I do-could we not invent some other (expedient) resource in favor of these officers? It was by a member of a good family that the letter of my friend, without doubt, caused an ephemeral Providence. I do not know which colleagues of Dauphinni are in Paris, with the exception of Mr. Sapey, who in any case is not far away and of Mr. Tessière whom I know has returned home. The question is, it seems to me, to assure the fruits of a subscription. (Payable) Whole or monthly until the acquittal that cannot but take place. For none of those present at Grenoble the 20th March last could not but be convinced that no one sought to gain advantage. I leave this affair in your good hands my dear colleague and would be most happy to second your efforts. Receive my sincere and tender friendship." The letter is mounted and framed with a lithograph of Lafayette to the overall size of 21.5" x 27.5".

    Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834) was a French aristocrat and military officer who served in the American Revolutionary War. He was a close personal friend of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton. An ardent supporter of the American cause, he joined the Continental Army at age nineteen and was appointed major general. Following the American Revolution, Lafayette returned to France but in 1787, he again would become involved in revolutionary activities, this time in his native country. Casimir Périer was a prominent French politician and banker.

    Condition: Flattened mail folds, with some small separations at the folds. Light soiling and toning at the folds. Some areas of soiling from the seal.

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