Lot 344: ALS in French, signed "Lafayette," one page, 7.25 x 9.5, January 20, 1816. Letter to Mr. Albin Michel in New Orleans. In full (translated): "This letter is taken into your hands, sir, by the respected merchant of Lyon, Mr. Michaud, who will establish his trade in New Orleans. Please allow me to recommend him particularly to your good advice, and to the services that you may be able to render him. It is now a long time since I received an answer to the letters I have been sending to Louisiana. Sir John Coghill is in France. We should meet when he comes back from the city he is now visiting, but he has no more information than I do about the present situation of the rented place near the city." In fine condition, with intersecting folds, scattered creases, and mild overall toning. Following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Congress decided to reward Lafayette for his heroic actions during the Revolutionary War by offering him a land grant in the new territory. Lafayette sought a claim in New Orleans, but constantly encountered bureaucratic roadblocks and legal conflicts involving the claim; the issue went unresolved until after his death in 1834.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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