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    Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, two-sided, in French, 8" x 12.25", "Paris, 5 Germinal." Rouget de Lisle was a French composer, famous for writing La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, in 1792. The song's lyrics reflect the invasion of France by foreign armies (from Prussia and Austria) which was ongoing when it was written, and it became the rallying call of the French Revolution.

    Here, the famed composer writes a sarcastic letter to the "Citizens Directors" to complain that he was not granted an unnamed request. Referencing himself, he says: "Since the man who passed through the crucible of the Revolution, who has served the Fatherland with pen and his sword, whose outstanding service, courageous actions, national recognition and solemn decrees have long summoned rewards, in place of which he has suffered only persecutions, since that man may not lay the slightest claim to your favor, it would be urgent for you to indicate to worthy men how they ought to present themselves to you to determine it." Letter is lightly age toned and in generally fine condition.

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