Lot 856: Montgolfier Jacques-Etienne



2015-07-10 15:43:39

Lot 856: Montgolfier Jacques-Etienne: (1745-1799) French Balloonist Who, Along With His Brother Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, Succeeded In Launching The First Manned Ascent, Carrying Jacques-Etienne, Into The Sky In A Hot Air Balloon In October 1783. A.L.S., Montgolfier, Three Pages, 4To, Annonay, 2Nd January 1786, To Monsieur De Malesherbes, In French. Montgolfier States That If He Has Delayed So Long To Thank His Correspondent For The Clarification And Guidance He Has Been Kind Enough To Provide, 'It Is Only Because I Wanted You To Know How Successful It Has Been', Explaining 'I Immediately Wrote To The Duke Of Castrian, The Only Courtier With Whom I Had Kept Some Relationships And To Monsieur Dormesson Who Had Been Generous With Me During My Stay In Paris. Imbued With The Situation Of My Brother And With The Unfortunate Circumstances That Had Taken Him Away A Beloved Wife, I Hoped To Get Across In Their Soul The Feeling I Had. I Talked To Them About His Nine Children, Who Are All At An Early Age, And Have Become Because Of This Irreparable Loss Almost Orphans. I Also Wanted To Engage Them To Make My Request Before The Throne', Montgolfier Further Writes 'Monsieur Dormesson, In A Letter That Showed The Pain Of His Heart And Virtues, Told Me With The Deepest Regret That...He Cannot Be Helpful For Me, Although He Agreed That The Regulations Have Sometimes Suffered Extremely Rare Exceptions. I Knew, Consulting The Rules And Oaths, That I Was Not Allowed To Obtain Seats In Military Nobility For My Brother'S Children, But With The Exceptions To These Rules, I Thought At Least That I Could Place Myself Beside My Fellow Citizens Whose Rights, That Are Not Better Established Than Mine, Are Holding Them As An Act Of Grace. Here Is The Foundation, Sir, On Which I Had Based My Hopes. It Is Sad To See Them Overthrown. However The Interest You Took In The Sad Position Of My Family Is Very Flattering To Me...' Rare. About Ex Guillaume-Chretien De Lamoignon De Malesherbes (1721-1794) French Statesman And Lawyer, Counsel For The Defence Of King Louis Xvi International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £1000 - 1500
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