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    Jean Baptiste Charles Henri Hector, Comte d'Estaing Autograph Letter Signed "Estaing" as Lieutenant-general in the French navy, one page, 6.25" x 8", "Au Morne du Cap 29 May 1764", to Comte de Thorant thanking him for his good wishes and giving instructions of command. In large part: "My illness is worthwhile as it brings with it these proofs of friendship... One sergeant and 15 men should make up the detachment intended for Brigantine la Guepe, commanded by Mr. Chambon, or rather by me... Please will you give them their sailing orders; it is my intention to turn young men who are not afraid of the sea into sailors..." Two tiny tears at bottom margin, with just a bit of paper loss, mounting remnants to verso; otherwise warmly toned and in near fine condition.

    A lifelong French naval officer, d'Estaing came to the assistance of the American colonies against the British in 1777 as a vice admiral leading 12 ships and 14 frigates. He would return to France in 1780, only to fall in disfavor with the French court. Although a supporter of the ideas proposed by the French Revolution, d'Estaing would be sent to the guillotine in 1794 after testifying on behalf of Marie Antoinette.

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