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LAFAYETTE, Marquis de (1757-1834). - Autograph letter signed "Lafayette," in French, to Josiah Coghill, regarding the death of his brother and his claims to land Louisiana.

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Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 193

LAFAYETTE, Marquis de (1757-1834). - Autograph letter signed "Lafayette," in French, to Josiah Coghill, regarding the death of his brother and his claims to land Louisiana.

Americana
31.10.2007
Schätzpreis
2.000 £ - 3.000 £
ca. 4.087 $ - 6.131 $
Zuschlagspreis:
4.800 £
ca. 9.810 $
Beschreibung:

Autograph letter signed "Lafayette," in French, to Josiah Coghill, regarding the death of his brother and his claims to land Louisiana.
La Grange, 8 December 1817. 1 page (9 ¼ x 6 ¾ inches, 235x170 mm). All references to Coghill struck with ink at an early date. Condition: Very short separation along one fold, small remnant of prior mounting on verso. important letter regarding his land claims in louisiana. In 1803, Congress awarded Lafayette over 11,000 acres in Louisiana for his service in the Revolution. At the time, Lafayette was in financial straights, having been imprisoned during the French Revolution. To pay off a debt, he sold roughly half of that land, part of the Point Coupee tract, to Sir John Coghill. Upon Coghill's death in 1812, title passed to his brother John Thomas Coghill and upon his death in 1817, the titled passed to yet another brother - i.e. the recipient of this letter Josiah Coghill. In addition to the land at Point Coupee, Coghill purchased a small tract in New Orleans from Lafayette. Subsequent to the sale, however, Lafayette's title to the valuable tract was called into question, explaining the reason for this letter. Written shortly after John Thomas Coghill's death, Lafayette begins the letter by offering condolences. He continues by discussing the difficulties in resolving the matter and acknowledging frustrations on both sides. He concludes the letter by hoping for a quick resolution through an appeal to Albert Gallatin and James Brown Even with the assistance of Gallatin, the minister to France, and Brown, the Senator from Louisiana, Lafayette's claims to the land were not resolved until the 1830s.

Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 193
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Datum:
31.10.2007
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Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
16-17 Pall Mall
St James’s
London, SW1Y 5LU
Großbritannien und Nordirland
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Beschreibung:

Autograph letter signed "Lafayette," in French, to Josiah Coghill, regarding the death of his brother and his claims to land Louisiana.
La Grange, 8 December 1817. 1 page (9 ¼ x 6 ¾ inches, 235x170 mm). All references to Coghill struck with ink at an early date. Condition: Very short separation along one fold, small remnant of prior mounting on verso. important letter regarding his land claims in louisiana. In 1803, Congress awarded Lafayette over 11,000 acres in Louisiana for his service in the Revolution. At the time, Lafayette was in financial straights, having been imprisoned during the French Revolution. To pay off a debt, he sold roughly half of that land, part of the Point Coupee tract, to Sir John Coghill. Upon Coghill's death in 1812, title passed to his brother John Thomas Coghill and upon his death in 1817, the titled passed to yet another brother - i.e. the recipient of this letter Josiah Coghill. In addition to the land at Point Coupee, Coghill purchased a small tract in New Orleans from Lafayette. Subsequent to the sale, however, Lafayette's title to the valuable tract was called into question, explaining the reason for this letter. Written shortly after John Thomas Coghill's death, Lafayette begins the letter by offering condolences. He continues by discussing the difficulties in resolving the matter and acknowledging frustrations on both sides. He concludes the letter by hoping for a quick resolution through an appeal to Albert Gallatin and James Brown Even with the assistance of Gallatin, the minister to France, and Brown, the Senator from Louisiana, Lafayette's claims to the land were not resolved until the 1830s.

Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 193
Auktion:
Datum:
31.10.2007
Auktionshaus:
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
16-17 Pall Mall
St James’s
London, SW1Y 5LU
Großbritannien und Nordirland
info@dreweatts.com
+44 (0)20 78398880
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