Lot 213: Manuscript DS in French, signed "Danton," one page both sides, 9.5 x 13, September 7, 1792. A certified true copy of a ruling by the National Assembly reinstating Pierre Marie Maurice, formerly of the National Guard, who had been dismissed by Lafayette. In part (translated): "The National Assembly considering that nothing is more pressing than to render justice to those devoted to the defense of the Nation in order to make them forget the vexations they suffered under an abusive regime, decrees that…Pierre Marie Maurice will enjoy a restoration of the advantages granted according to the decree of 19 August last to those soldiers who were part of the company of the Parisian National Guard which was arbitrarily dismissed on first April 1790 by the Commandant Mottié [in fact du Motier] Lafayette." In very good condition, with dampstaining to the upper half. On September 2, Danton delivered one of his most rousing and terrifying speeches, calling on the people to conquer their enemy through 'daring, more daring and still more daring!' The result was one of the bloodiest massacres ever seen in Paris. For four days, the mob went on the rampage, emptying prisons and massacring the inmates, aristocrats, priests and common criminals. This represents a critical time in the French Revolution; just two weeks later, on September 21, the National Assembly declared France to be a republic and abolished the monarchy.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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