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#505 - Marquis de Lafayette

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After suffering “seven wounds in Waterloo,” a noble officer disobeys “the order to fire at the citizens”
Description                           Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500          

Autograph endorsement, “Registered, Lafayette,” penned in the left margin of a manuscript document in French, signed “J. Buridant,” one page, 8.5 x 12.75, October 27, 1820. The document submitted to Lafayette, in part (translated): "Jacques Buridant takes the very humble liberty to explain that he has nineteen years of military service and fourteen in the rank of Sergeant in the 3rd Infantry Regiment of the Guard, having perfect military instruction knowledge. The exponent made his last campaigns under Emperor Napoleon, and had seven wounds in Waterloo. Believing to obtain some right to your goodwill in regard to his behavior the first day when the Royal Guard received the order to fire at the citizens, by showing them cruelty of such an horrible order, and declaring that I preferred to be on the citizens’ side, what I did right away, my example was followed by most of the company and which proves furthermore that the company imitating me was not wounded and that the regiment had been totally disabled…Wishing to continue this profession, he would aspire, if it were not temerity, to the rank of officer that he has been made to hope for since several years. His hope is based on the fact that he has the honor to explain herewith and in your justice.” In fine condition. In fine condition, with a clipped description affixed to the lower left. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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