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Lot 288

Lafayette, Marquis de (1757-1834) French aristocrat, soldier, statesman, and close friend of General George Washington. He was a general in the American Revolution and played an important role in the French Revolution of 1789 and the July Revolution of 1830. Autograph letter signed ("Lafayette"), in English, 2 pages, 9 x 7¼ in., La Grange, February 22, no year. Integral leaf is mounted at left edge to a slightly larger sheet; light toning and foxing. To an unidentified recipient, in part: Mr. Benjamin Jervis, an American gentleman now in Altona has requested me to take some information respecting his claims against the French Government. They are…drawn…on the pay master general of the Navy and Colonies at the National Treasury of Paris…." He lists claims amounting to 60,762 francs and asks to be informed when and where Mr. Jervis is to be paid. Lafayette then alludes to another letter (not present) which is being enclosed in the same packet which is "relative to our Louisiana concerns."
Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.

Realized $1,500

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