Lot 232: ALS in French, signed "Lafayette," one page, 7.25 x 8.75, March 19, 1818. Letter to a general. In part (translated): "You have read that there occurred, at the time of the elections, a movement of public opinion that gave us a better Chamber of Deputies than the one the death of the Deputy of Meaux made me a member of and in which I didn't have the time to sit. That is how we had a better Ministry although less pronounced than it should be. The circumstances become thus favorable to what you were writing me about. Mr. de la Frenays, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is an emigre, who has been attached for a long time to the cause of the Bourbons, and up to a point, to the opinions of the party…Europe's affairs are becoming all confused again. I understand less the diplomatic system of compromising than the freedom of the people, and I take pride in saying that this liberty will gain something thanks to the events that are underway." In fine condition, with intersecting folds and uniform toning. Lafayette returned to political life after the Bourbon Restoration, and was elected to the French Chamber of Deputies in 1818. During this period he lent his support to revolutionary causes throughout Europe, but was ousted from the position in 1824. A desirable, lengthy handwritten letter by the military hero.
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