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    Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette: "The cause of liberty is thriving in France..." 1788 Signed Letter Very fine content autograph letter signed, "Lafayette," on the eve of the French Revolution, three pages, 7.5" x 9", Paris, September 5, 1788 to his old comrade in arms, General Jonathan Dayton. He begins the letter discussing the details of a business transaction, but soon moves on to more momentous affairs: "...The affairs of Europe are Much embroiled, and Russia, Austria on one side, Turkey and Sweden on the other are fighting - Prussia is Making Movements Again, and danemark [sic] for the Imperial Courts - England spurs Sweden and the Germanic League and Commands Holland - But as the [illeg] to include Herself, as France will in a National Assembly Invigorate her won powers of every kind, and the Winter is approaching, it is Hoped a General peace may be Negotiated. Mr. Swan of Boston proposes plans to the Ministry for the Supply of Cattle, and take possession in the west indies - should His offer take, I will take care to have you included in the Experience... The cause of liberty is thriving in France - What had been done four Months Ago is Now Ending - We shall have a National Assembly Early in Winter..." It would take a bit longer for the Estates General to meet. After unrest broke out in January 1789, Louis XIV called to session the Estates General, who met in May 1789. The Third Estate revolted, declaring themselves the National Assembly. General revolt broke out in Paris in late June, culminating in the storming of the Bastille on July 14. The next day Lafayette would be appointed commander of the National Guard. A few minor defects at top margins and folds, but overall very clean and boldly penned. Simply matted and ready for framing. From the collection of Bradley O'Leary. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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