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#202 - Maximilien Robespierre

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Secret document from Robespierre's 'Reign of Terror'
Description                           Estimate: $4,000+          

Fanatical idealist leader of the French Revolution (1758-1794) who was arrested, tried, and executed for the 'Reign of Terror.' Scarce manuscript DS in French, signed “Robespierre,” one page, 7.5 x 12.25, August 3, 1793. Secret official decree from the Committee of Public Safety creating the official paper of the French Republic, in part (translated): "The Committee of Public Safety states that there will be created a paper under the title 'the friend of the Republic' which will aim at spreading the principles of the republican habits and of liberty, to excite the courage of the French people against the outside enemies, to protect them from the politics and plots of the abroad governments and uncover the conspirators." Boldly signed at the conclusion by Maximilien Robespierre, Georges Couthon, and Marie-Jean Herault de Sechelles. On the reverse of the document is written "a garder sous clef [keep locked]," indicating that it was indeed a secret document. In fine condition, with intersecting folds and light overall foxing. All three of these members of the Committee of Public Safety were executed in 1794.

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