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Autograph letter signed ("de Sade").
N. p., June 1797. - 4to. 4 pp. A fine letter to Gaufridy, a lawyer and notary public in Apt, describing the action that has to be done following the attacks on him during the French Revolution: "Nous avons fait l'impossible, mon cher avocat pour vous épargner le voyage d'Avignon, Messieurs Mestre et Bonnefoi se sont conduit d'après vos vues et n'ont absolument pu obtenir. Perrin [.] est d'une opiniâtreté sans exemple il ne veut entendre absolument a rien. Nous avons [.] suivi littéralement les documents de M. Mezard à qui vous avez bien voulu m'adresser. Voilà une lettre de lui que je n'ai pas lue, et par laquelle sans doute il vous trace la conduite qu'il nous a conseillé et que nous suivons. L'acte ci joint vous dit ce que l'est et m'évite la peine de vous le répéter. Il est donc absolument essentiel que vous ayez la complaisance d'aller à Avignon signifier vous même cet acte au tribunal ou à Perrin Samedi matin [ ]." - When Sade wrote this letter, he was living in abject poverty with the widow Quesnet. He had escaped the guillotine by chance the day before the Revolutionary leader Robespierre was overthrown, but his wealth and property was whittled away in the name of the French Revolution. In the spring of 1797, Sade spent some time going around his dilapidated properties and dealing with matters connected with them. From Saumane, he wrote to the local authorities saying that he had come south to recover money due him from the estate but had found, to his astonishment, that the revolutionaries had confiscated much of it. In order to recapture a share of the rents due him, Sade was forced to make a legal declaration that in fact he was a decent and upright citizen. It is in this letter, that he discusses that declaration. The property at Arles, over which he expresses anger at its loss, refers to the efforts of his long-suffering lawyer to complete the sale of the property which Sade himself had instigated during a recent visit. To add to his woes, Sade was under constant attack by his detractors, one of whom he also mentions in this letter, noting, ''the best laugh is his who laughs last [.]". - Sade, however, was a touch too optimistic. By January of 1798 he moved to Versailles where the living was a bit less expensive. There, he made his abode in an attic and fed on carrots and beans, finally obtaining work at the local theater where he received four pence per day as payment. A fine letter with significant content. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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