Lot 966: La Fayette, Gilbert Du Motier


2015-09-16 14:11:54


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Lot 966: La Fayette Gilbert Du Motier: (1757-1834) Marquis De La Fayette. French Aristocrat And Military Officer. Close To George Washington And Thomas Jefferson, La Fayette Fought In The American Revolutionary War. He Later Became A Key Figure In The French Revolution Of 1789 And The July Revolution Of 1830. D.S., Lafayette, One Page, 4To, Paris, 5Th February 1790, To 'Gentlemen' [Members Of The Commune Of Paris?], In French. La Fayette, In His Capacity As The Recently Elected Commander-In-Chief Of The National Guard Of France, States 'I Prize Your Kindness And Your Letters So Highly That I Cannot But Rejoice With You About The King'S Decision, Who, In Order To Consolidate Our Liberty And To Deny Any Attempt Against His People And Himself, Has Decided To Make Public His Sentiments And His Principles. I Am Glad To Note That This Declaration Will Have A Salutary Influence On The Pledge Of Public Order. It Is Only By Assuring Obedience To The Decrees Of The Assembly, The Upholding Of The Laws And The Essential Collection Of Taxes Of The State, That We Will Be Able To Reaffirm Our Celebrated Constitution Of Which The King Desires To Be The Most Zealous Defender…….'. Double Matted In Brown, Alongside A 5.5 X 7.5 Printed Portrait Of La Fayette, In Uniform, Seated In A Full Length Pose And Framed And Glazed In A Golden Wooden Frame To An Overall Size Of 19.5 X 14,5. A Fine Document Dated Only A Few Months After The French Revolution. Together With A.L., Two Pages, Small 4To, N.P., N.D., Apparently A Draft Of The Letter Addressed To La Fayette 'M. Le General', Responding To His, And Stating In Part 'We Have Taken All Possible Interest In The Steps The King Has Taken To Guarantee The People'S Liberty….We Are Most Grateful To The King For The Steps He Has Taken, Now, The National Assembly Will See That Its Decrees Will Enhance The Happiness Of The French People...'. Vg, 2 Louis Xvi (1754.1793) King Of France 1774-91 & King Of The French 1791-92. Executed In January 1793. The Constitution La Fayette Refers To Saying 'The King Desires To Be The Most Zealous Defender..' Was Rejected By The King Four Months Before This Letter'S Date. Few Days After, An Angry And Hungry Parisian Crowd Marched To Versailles. When The Crowd Broke Into The Palace, La Fayette Took The Royal Family Onto The Palace Balcony And Attempted To Restore Order. The King Accepted First The Constitution And Finally Returned To Paris Where The Crowd Received Him Chanting 'Vive Le Roi'. It Has Been Reported That The Crowd Kept On Shouting To Shoot The Unpopular Queen, But When La Fayette Kissed Marie Antoinette'S Hand It Turned Into Cheers And La Fayette Could Escort The Royal Family Safely Back To Paris. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction October 2015 Saturday, 3rd October 2015 Estimate: £400-600
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