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LA FAYETTE, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert de Motier, Marquis de (1757-1834). Two autograph letters signed, the first (with initials, 'L.F.') to 'Natalie' (his granddaughter), Paris, 29 May 1833, 4 pages, 4to (slightly browned); the second to M[onsieur] Masclet ('mon cher Eleuthere'), La Grange, 21 September 1828, one page, 4to; an autograph note signed, n.p. [Paris], n.d. [1830], 3 lines on ½ page, 4to; one letter by his wife, Marie-Adrienne de Noailles de La Fayette (d.1807) to an American friend, n.p., 28 December 1787, 1½ pages, 8vo, and one by his daughter, Anastasie de La Fayette Maubourg (1831).

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LA FAYETTE, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert de Motier, Marquis de (1757-1834). Two autograph letters signed, the first (with initials, 'L.F.') to 'Natalie' (his granddaughter), Paris, 29 May 1833, 4 pages, 4to (slightly browned); the second to M[onsieur] Masclet ('mon cher Eleuthere'), La Grange, 21 September 1828, one page, 4to; an autograph note signed, n.p. [Paris], n.d. [1830], 3 lines on ½ page, 4to; one letter by his wife, Marie-Adrienne de Noailles de La Fayette (d.1807) to an American friend, n.p., 28 December 1787, 1½ pages, 8vo, and one by his daughter, Anastasie de La Fayette Maubourg (1831).

The interesting letter to a favourite grandchild despairs at the political situation ('la stupide indifference des uns et la turbulence egarée des autres ... l'intrigue et la peur, les deux degoutantes sauvegardes du gouvernement') and the false republicanism of the day, describing incidents in the Chamber of Deputies and local matters, and giving news of other members of his family, and friends. 'Il parait qu'on est effraïé outre mesure dans les rangs patriotiques de ce Republicanisme Conventionnel qui s'est mis en opposition avec l'ecole du Republicanisme americain. Plusieurs de nos amis ... se jettent dans ces utopies d'arbitraire et d'injustice, tout en les craignant et ne les aimant point, de peur de passer pour moins Republicains que les plus ardents, les uns egarés, les autres provocateurs. J'ai par exemple decouvert un de ces Republicains exlusifs, qu'Adolphe ne connait pas, mais qui m'espionnait pour le compte de la police ...
La maxime du gouvernement est de diviser, et de tromper comme la mienne etait d'eclairer et de reunir.' The letter to Masclet shows concern for the latter's health, hoping that he will be well enough to visit La Grange as he is unlikely to be in Paris before the next session except for a dinner, and La Fayette's autograph note certifies in favour of [one of the July revolutionaries whose name has been blocked out] that he saw him at the Hôtel de Ville on July 29, sent him to St-Cloud with his companions and received several reports from him before alternative arrangements in that place permitted his return to Paris. Madame de La Fayette writes to a friend who is visiting Paris, and their daughter to an unidentified lady that her father is absent in Melun but she hopes that she will still call.

The liberal journalist Joseph Masclet (1760-1833), known to La Fayette as 'Eleuthere', had been one of the leaders of the campaign to secure his release from detention at Olmütz where he was held by the Austrians after his expulsion from the National Assembly in 1792. Natalie, daughter of La Fayette's son, George Washington Lafayette, married Adolphe Perier (1802-1862); La Fayette was particularly fond of her. Anastasie de La Fayette (1777-1862) was married to Count Charles de Latour-Maubourg. (4)
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