Lot 470: British admiral (1764–1840) who fought in the French Revolutionary Wars. AQS in French on an off-white 7.25 x 5 sheet, signed at the conclusion in ink, "W. Sidney Smith." Smith pens the lines on fear and hope that he wrote inside the door of his cell before escaping imprisonment in the tower of the Paris Temple: "Qui a peur du mal a deja le mal de la peur / Qui espere le bien a deja le bien de l'esperance." In fine condition, with intersecting folds and light toning.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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