Lot 377: Marquis de Lafayette

RR Auction

2015-06-29 15:04:07

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Lot 377: Partly-printed DS in French, signed "Lafayette," one page, 9 x 11.5, September 11, 1790. A 'limited furlough' signed by Lafayette as commanding general of the Paris Corps of the French National Guard, allowing Andre Dubois, a private in Captain Latour's company, to go home to St. Couplet in Champagne "until the first of November next, after which he must return to his company or risk penalty of arrest as a deserter." Archivally double-matted and framed with an engraved portrait to an overall size of 23 x 19. Retains the wax seal affixed to the upper left. In fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds, and light scattered foxing and soiling. This document dates to early in the French Revolution as unrest was growing within the local population. Lafayette still hoped to maintain order even as this revolutionary fervor increased, but his efforts were to no avail and he was forced to flee. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453 Sunday, 17th May 2015 Estimate: $600-800
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