Attached with this chess set is a ink inscribed note reading; 'These chessmen belonged to Louis Phillipe Duke of ?Baudeau afterwards the King of France when on a visit to this Country in 1804 gave them to my father on his return to take the crown of France. He used to play chess at my fathers house. Joshua B ?Fowle son of Henry ?Fowle 1884. They were miss used by us children
According to Dr. Cholet's own research through the genealogy department at Fenton libary on the Fowler family (Vol.1 1947 section 22, page 109), William Bentley Fowle refers to his father, Henry Fowle, who played chess with Louis Philippe when he visited Boston in 1804 and subsequently gave him a set.
Louis Phillipe, the Duc d' Orleans, was linked to the throne through Louis XIII. He was exiled from France between 1793 and 1815. During this relatively itinerant period he went to America, where he briefly lived in Philadelphia, New York City and Boston. He made acquaintance with a number of influential politicians, including George Washington, It is said that his experiences in America had a profound influence upon his reforming and liberal outlook as king of France.