Lot 307: King of France from 1824 to 1830 whose attempt to restore absolute rule led to his overthrow in the July Revolution. ALS in French, signed "Charles Philippe," one page, 6 x 7.25, November 3, 1793. Letter to Count Charles-Jean d'Hector, coordinator of French naval forces during the American revolution. In full (translated): "The Bishop of Antwerp has sent me your letter Monsieur. You have long deserved my esteem and trust. Further, I know that all their brave sailors consider you their father. Therefore be assured and convinced that I will assiduously look for opportunities to bring you closer to me and employ you as you deserve to be. I hope, even dare to expect that circumstances soon put me in a position to establish myself where I ought to be, that is my only desire, and it will be my only consolation for suffering the pain I endure, which is tearing my heart apart. Speak to no one of my hopes, I beg you; when they have been realized you will hear about them from me. Adieu, Monsieur, never doubt my feelings for you and of my perfect esteem." Central horizontal and vertical fold, a trivial spot next to signature, and a bit of mild toning, otherwise fine condition. Future kings Louis XVIII and Charles X named d'Hector head of the French Navy in 1792. A failed invasion attempt took place at Quiberon, July 21, 1793.
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