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FIRST EDITION OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS’ ORATION ON LAFAYETTE, 1835, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY ADAMS

ADAMS, John Quincy. Oration on the Life and Character of Gilbert Motier de Lafayette. Washington, 1835.

First edition of Adams’ stirring Oration honoring Lafayette following his death at the age of 78, delivered by Adams before Congress on December 31, 1834, inscribed on tipped-in leaf (as always), “Thomas K. Davis from John Quincy Adams.” In the original presentation binding boards. $16,500.

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GENERAL LAFAYETTE DECLINES TRANSPORT FROM JOHN QUINCY ADAMS—"YOU KNOW THAT I HAVE ASKED THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT NOT TO DISPATCH THE NATIONAL VESSEL THAT CONGRESS HAD THE KINDNESS TO DECIDE TO DISPATCH"

LAFAYETTE, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de. Autograph Letter Signed. Paris, June 20, 1824.

A fascinating Lafayette letter, penned entirely by him, in which he discusses his transportation options as he prepares for his Revolutionary War "Heroes Welcome" tour of the United States in 1824. A liberal French aristocrat, Lafayette played a critical role in convincing French leaders to aid Americans in their war for independence, and indeed led troops alongside George Washington, fighting in several crucial battles, including the Battle of Brandywine and the Siege of Yorktown. In his later years, he made a triumphant tour of the United States, where he was given lavish gifts for his services. $15,000.

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LAFAYETTE ENDORSES A PETITION FOR EMPLOYMENT, 1819

LAFAYETTE, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de. Endorsement signed. Le Mans, 20 Avril, 1819.

Manuscript petition for employment to the Baron de Barante, endorsed and signed by the Marquis de Lafayette, and additionally endorsed and signed by Benjamin [Henri] Constant [de Rebecque] and two others. Lafayette fought bravely in the American Revolution and agitated for democracy and freedom long after both the American and French Revolutions. His endorsement is written in the margin of a letter from Guillaume Rottier, Jr., to the Baron de Barante, requesting an administrative position for his father in 1819. $2500.

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LAFAYETTE’S ORDER TO RESTORE PUBLIC SAFETY FOLLOWING THE REVOLUTION OF 1830

LAFAYETTE. Ordre du Jour. Paris, 1830.

Original French military broadside, issued by Lafayette as commander of the National Guard, announcing the formation of four new legions to maintain order in Paris following the July Revolution of 1830. $1200.

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