Lot 376: Polish military engineer and a military leader (1746–1817) who became a national hero in Poland, Belarus, and the United States. Rare third-person ALS in French, signed in the text "Le General Kosciuszko," one page, 7 x 3.5, no date. In full (translated): "General Kosciuszko is extremely sensitive to Lord Carnarvon's kindness for having approached Lord S.E.…Duke of Portland on his behalf. He is asking him to please accept his most profound gratitude and esteem." Central vertical fold, circular toning to corner tips from mounting remnants on reverse, a few creases, and a small tear and area of paper loss to bottom edge, otherwise fine condition. Kosciuszko's first military action came after he traveled to America in 1776 to participate in the Revolutionary War, as he was sympathetic to the cause. During his seven years in the Continental Army, he designed and oversaw the construction of innovative fortifications and also participated in combat, earning praise from Horatio Gates, Nathanael Greene, and George Washington. He then returned to Poland and organized his own rebellion, leading the 1794 Kosciuszko Uprising in a failed attempt to liberate Poland and Lithuania from Russian influence. A highly desirable piece from an important figure in world military history.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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