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Autograph Letter Signed, in French, 4to, La Grange, Oct. 28, 1820
Lafayette writes to Monsieur Fontanes, Grand Master of the Imperial University in French referencing a candidate for a position within the university. "Monsieur des Cubes Lascaux can be sure that I have his best interest at heart. But I cannot mislead him about the efficacy of steps I could take. I have exhausted the few means I had in the war ministry, and I don't have any means now, not even indirect, in the other departments where my recommendation would just be harmful. I will nevertheless try what may seem to me to offer even the smallest chance. But it would be by way of support rather than taking the initiative that I can offer any hope. My best regards to the whole family, Lafayette." With integral address leaf, in very good condition. During the French Revolution, Lafayette was leader of the Garde Nationale until he was imprisoned for five years. He was released in 1797 but rejected participation in Napoleon's Army. He focused his attention on La Grange, his home outside of Paris and from which he wrote this letter. Four years later, at the invitation of President James Monroe, Lafayette embarked on his popular tour of America returning to his home in 1825. In France, he held the position of member of the Chamber of Deputies from 1815 until his death.
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