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Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de (1757-1834) to unknown

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08984 Author/Creator: Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de (1757-1834) Place Written: Paris, France Type: Letter Date: 17 September 1829 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25.5 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Opposed to a counter-revolution in France, and mentions attacks on himself. "The papers will inform you of the toiles in which France has Been Unexpectedly thrown by a Counter Revolutionary intrigue, and of the neccessity we are under to oppose it." Also "in the Gazette and guardiene you may find among many lies the effusions of disappointment and Rage," and Lafayette himself "has Been a principal bull of these feelings because he is considered as a principal obstacle to these designs, you will easily conceive." Also gives an introduction for an acquaintance who will be doing business in the United States. Mounted to backer board. The recipient has a nephew who works at the American Consulate in Lyon, a post held at that time by Cornelius Bradford.

Full Transcript: Paris September 17th 1829

My dear sir,

I don't know whether your Excellent Nephew writes by this packet: We parted a few days ago at Lyons, the Head quarters of His ...Consulate, amidst the kind Bustle of a Reception which I cannot Better qualify than in calling it American, with this difference However that it took place in spite of the total and supreme authorities, the papers will inform you of the toiles in which france Has Been Unexpectedly thrown by a Counter Revolutionary intrigue, and of the necessity we are Under to oppose it with firmness and Concert. The french papers such as the Courier francais the Consitutionel [illegible] the debas, [wile] the Journal Has Been or is still more By the Court faction while in the Gazette and the guardiene you may find among many lies the effusions of disappointment and Rage, that your friend Has Been a principal bull to these feelings Because He is Considered as a principal obstacle to these designs you will easily Conceive,
in the mean while permit me to [portere] and particularly Recommend to you Mr Joseph Robert a Relation and associate to two of my friends at Lyons whom I much wish to oblige, Mr Robert is going to fix Himself at NewYork and Philadelphia there to attend the trading Business with the great and industrious City of Lyons, a City to which I have lately Been Bound by new ties of a direction and gratitude Equal to the testimonies of affection and Confidence which its population in spite of local and superior authorities Have Been pleased to Confer upon me, allow me to Entreat your good advises in Behalf of Mr Joseph Robert: Be pleased also to introduce Him to our friends, with the Best Regards to Mrs Howe and family to your nieces I am [posess]
Your affectionate friend
Lafayette
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People: Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: RebellionFranceGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsLetter of Introduction or RecommendationPolitics

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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