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LAFAYETTE, GILBERT DU MOTIER, Marquis de . Autograph letter signed ("Lafayette") to Senator James Brown in Washington; La Grange, 26 October 1823. One page, 4to, integral address leaf with panel in Lafayette's hand, and note recording the receipt and...

Auction 14.05.1992
14.05.1992
Schätzpreis
1.200 $ - 1.800 $
Zuschlagspreis:
6.600 $
Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 95

LAFAYETTE, GILBERT DU MOTIER, Marquis de . Autograph letter signed ("Lafayette") to Senator James Brown in Washington; La Grange, 26 October 1823. One page, 4to, integral address leaf with panel in Lafayette's hand, and note recording the receipt and...

Auction 14.05.1992
14.05.1992
Schätzpreis
1.200 $ - 1.800 $
Zuschlagspreis:
6.600 $
Beschreibung:

LAFAYETTE, GILBERT DU MOTIER, Marquis de . Autograph letter signed ("Lafayette") to Senator James Brown in Washington; La Grange, 26 October 1823. One page, 4to, integral address leaf with panel in Lafayette's hand, and note recording the receipt and forwarding of the letter on the ship "Cadmus," signed J. Cox Barnet, docketed by recipient, original wax seal, 3 tiny chips to edges, small fold break , in English. "THE NAME OF CONGRESS IS SULLIED IN EUROPE BY A COALITION OF ARISTOCRATS AND DESPOTS" In 1823 Lafayette could do nothing but watch in disgust while the ideals he had fought for were trampled by the forces of rightist reaction. In France the counter-revolution was reaching its peak with the ascension of the ultra-royalist faction under the government of the Comte de Villèle, while Spain's weak liberal government had just been overthrown and the despotic Ferdinand VII returned to the throne with the assistance of the French army, whose invasion was condoned by the autocratic monarchies of Austria, Prussia and Russia. Writing to Senator Brown (soon to be appointed Minister to France, a post he filled until 1829), Lafayette mentions the Louisiana land grant that Congress had awarded him in 1803, and comments on the European situation, deploring the stifling of the last vestiges of democracy. "While you are sitting in a true representative congress, devising on the means to increase the Happiness of the more civilized part of mankind, the name of congress is sullied in Europe by a coalition of aristocrats and despots, and in the sham assemblies which pretend to the name of representation there is still more appearance of freedom than counter revolutionary plans and men can bear. Our advantures of the last session you have known; what is meant for the next one I cannot say, nor do I think it of much importance: as to the affairs of the [Iberian] peninsula you will be informed by the newspapers of several parties: far am I from lessening the blame incurred by the absolute triumvirate, and their acting ally, the Cabinet of Tuileries; but a great share in that work of wikedness [sic] is due to the perfidious conduct of the British government. It is feared grace may be served by the four powers in the same way...".

Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 95
Auktion:
Datum:
14.05.1992
Auktionshaus:
Christie's
New York, Park Avenue
Beschreibung:

LAFAYETTE, GILBERT DU MOTIER, Marquis de . Autograph letter signed ("Lafayette") to Senator James Brown in Washington; La Grange, 26 October 1823. One page, 4to, integral address leaf with panel in Lafayette's hand, and note recording the receipt and forwarding of the letter on the ship "Cadmus," signed J. Cox Barnet, docketed by recipient, original wax seal, 3 tiny chips to edges, small fold break , in English. "THE NAME OF CONGRESS IS SULLIED IN EUROPE BY A COALITION OF ARISTOCRATS AND DESPOTS" In 1823 Lafayette could do nothing but watch in disgust while the ideals he had fought for were trampled by the forces of rightist reaction. In France the counter-revolution was reaching its peak with the ascension of the ultra-royalist faction under the government of the Comte de Villèle, while Spain's weak liberal government had just been overthrown and the despotic Ferdinand VII returned to the throne with the assistance of the French army, whose invasion was condoned by the autocratic monarchies of Austria, Prussia and Russia. Writing to Senator Brown (soon to be appointed Minister to France, a post he filled until 1829), Lafayette mentions the Louisiana land grant that Congress had awarded him in 1803, and comments on the European situation, deploring the stifling of the last vestiges of democracy. "While you are sitting in a true representative congress, devising on the means to increase the Happiness of the more civilized part of mankind, the name of congress is sullied in Europe by a coalition of aristocrats and despots, and in the sham assemblies which pretend to the name of representation there is still more appearance of freedom than counter revolutionary plans and men can bear. Our advantures of the last session you have known; what is meant for the next one I cannot say, nor do I think it of much importance: as to the affairs of the [Iberian] peninsula you will be informed by the newspapers of several parties: far am I from lessening the blame incurred by the absolute triumvirate, and their acting ally, the Cabinet of Tuileries; but a great share in that work of wikedness [sic] is due to the perfidious conduct of the British government. It is feared grace may be served by the four powers in the same way...".

Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 95
Auktion:
Datum:
14.05.1992
Auktionshaus:
Christie's
New York, Park Avenue
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