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    Marquis de Lafayette Autograph Letter Signed "Lafayette". One page of a bifolium, 6" x 7.5", Paris; January 22, 1831. A short letter, written in French, addressed to noted zoologist and behavioral evolutionist Frédéric Cuvier. The famed French officer, now in his 70s, asks for recommendations on dog breeds. Lafayette writes that he lost a much-loved dog during a shipwreck on the Ohio River, and was hoping that Cuvier would assist him in finding a breed with a similar temperament. The shipwreck was that of the steamboat S.S. Mechanic, which took place on May 8, 1825. Lafayette had arrived in America the previous August for a grand tour. The Mechanic was sailing down the Ohio River to Louisville, Kentucky but sank after it struck a submerged log.

    Condition: Toning throughout, with mat burn around the text. Usual mail folds, with some tearing and paper loss where the wax seal was broken. Mounding residue on verso.

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