Lot 662: LS in French, signed "Sade," one page both sides, 6 x 7.75, January 1769. Letter to his attorney and estate manager, Bartholemy Fage, in full (translated): "Be so kind my dear Mr. Fage, not to forget to bring me the 25 Louis in question the day of the appointment; it is quite impossible for me to wait for them beyond that day. You will make me happy if you can also bring me good news about the 2000ecus. I would be delighted to see the small job that you announced would be done on my properties, but I think it will be difficult for you to do it well on the eve of the tour we are to make together. It is planned without fault for February 1; do remember please so that you do not give that time away to something else. It will be mandatory that you make a trip to Avignon a very few days after you take over. The Duke of Gadagne wants to find an arrangement in the lawsuit I have with him about which we will inform you fully. It is important to capitalize on his good disposition. I am informing him to expect your visit from the 8th to the 10th; this is an unavoidable errand. I will have Mr. Delions informed of my plan to sell my property in Arles as well as my desire to sell a portion of the 2000 acres immediately. But do not let this stop you from looking at your end, for the objects that you think you may be able to find." A brief postscript reads: "Should you be able though through your credit to obtain a round white hat, I would be very obliged to you if you would send it to me; it would be four or five days only; you would have to find a milliner." The body of the text is in the hand of Latour, de Sade's secretary-butler. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, scattered creases, and a small tear to the right edge.
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