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MARIE JOSEPH DE LAFAYETTE (1757 - 1834) French statesman and military officer who served as a major general under Washington and was instrumental in the defeat of Cornwallis at Yorktown. Fine content and superb association A.L.S. "Lafayette" in English, 1p. 4to., Paris, May 14, 1824, to JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, then secretary of state, introducing the important military leader and General Guglielmo Pepe who hoped to further the Italian revolutionary cause. Lafayette here writes two months before sailing for his own triumphant final visit to the United States. He praises Pepe's character and explains that he hopes to make a personal introduction but is writing this letter in case Pepe reaches his American friends first. In part: "...Although I hope to be personally the introducer of General Pepe to my American friends, and altho his own illustrious character is the best introduction he can ever receive, I will not run the chance of his coming near you without a line from me. Had he any immediate hope to serve the Italian cause by any exertion in Europe, he would not think at this moment to visit the U.S. but situated as matters now are he intends to embark in a short time from England...". Pepe had seen extensive military service on the side of Napoleon and, in the late 1810's, came into contact with the Carbonari insurgents whose movement had links with republican elements in the French armies of Italy. Lafayette arrived in the United States in mid-August 1824 and stayed until September 1825, touring the country to unprecedented acclaim. John Quincy Adams, who took office as President in March of 1825, invited him to stay at the White House just before his return voyage. Very good to fine condition.
Estimate $ 2,500-3,500

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