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Lafayette [Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834)]; [William Tudor (1779-1830)]
1828 Autograph Letter Signed by Lafayette introducing the Captain of the French Ship "Duchesse de Berry" to the U.S. Chargé d'Affaires to the Court of Brazil]
[La Grange (France), October 19, 1828]. [1]p. Quarto. Bifolium with integral address leaf; red wax seal. Contemporary docketing: "La Grange Octr. 19th Gen LaFayette Rio [de] Janeiro March 15th." Wove paper watermarked "AL Pne" within a decorative border. Folds; small loss at wax seal, not affecting letter; small closed tear in margin near autograph; Very Good. Brief autograph letter signed by American Revolutionary War general and French statesman Lafayette (1757-1834). Writing to the U.S. chargé d'affaires to the court of the Empire of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, William Tudor, Lafayette pens a letter of introduction for the captain of a French ship. The ship was owned by colleagues of Lafayette's in the French Chamber of Deputies: "I shall today confine myself to the introduction of Mr. Meote Captain of the french ship the Duchesse deBerry Belonging to the Respectable House Balguerie of Bordeaux two of whom are my Colleagues in the chambre de deputés. Mr. Martinet a french gentleman goes with him to Lima, permit me to entreat your good Advices and Services in this behalf, and believe me, Your Sincere friend, Lafayette" The letter was penned by Lafayette approximately three years after his famed return to America for his grand tour. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Ian Brabner, Rare Americana (ABAA) [Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.]
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