French statesman and military officer (1757-1834) who became an intimate associate of George Washington, and who advanced the American cause on both sides of the Atlantic. Though he espoused many of the principles behind the French Revolution while advocating a limited monarchy, extremist elements in the French Assembly declared him a traitor, whereupon he was jailed for five years. In 1824-1825 he revisited America, where he was hailed as a hero and granted a generous stipend and parcel of land. ALS in French, signed “Lafayette,” one page, 8 x 5.75, Garde Nationale de Paris letterhead, August 9, 1830. Untranslated handwritten letter to a general. In fine condition, with intersecting folds and trimmed edges.
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