1 full page, 4to, handsomely matted with a portrait, red half morocco gilt folding case, in French. "THE BASTARD HEIRS OF THE JULY REVOLUTION DO AS THEY WISH...FREEDOM WILL NOT PERISH". A strikingly outspoken comment by the old revolutionary on the July Revolution: Lafayette is appalled by Louis Philippe's ascendancy, but expresses confidence in the eventual triumph of democratic ideals: "...We will return as much as possible to the Charter of Louis XVIII which is the ideal of all -- the doctrinaire party and the 'juste millieu.' Popular sovereignty, the National Guard of the towns and country appointing their own officers, and all the consequences of July that Napoleon called ideology, which we presently call Utopia, will be sacrificed to the extent that the reactionaries dare -- and as long as the nation, having become simple-minded and fearful lets the bastard heirs of the July Revolution do as they wish. And yet I have the strong conviction that sooner or later she will open her eyes, will recover her will, and freedom will not perish." " /> LAFAYETTE, GILBERT DU MOTIER, <I>Marquis de</I>. Autograph letter signed ("Lafayette") to M. Clerc-Lasalle, Paris, 24 April 1832. <I>1 full page, 4to, handsomely matted with a portrait, red half morocco gilt folding case</I>, in French. "THE BASTARD HEIRS OF THE JULY REVOLUTION DO AS THEY WISH...FREEDOM WILL NOT PERISH". A strikingly outspoken comment by the old revolutionary on the July Revolution: Lafayette is appalled by Louis Philippe's ascendancy, but expresses confidence in the eventual triumph of democratic ideals: "...We will return as much as possible to the Charter of Louis XVIII which is the ideal of all -- the doctrinaire party and the 'juste millieu.' Popular sovereignty, the National Guard of the towns and country appointing their own officers, and all the consequences of July that Napoleon called ideology, which we presently call Utopia, will be sacrificed to the extent that the reactionaries dare -- and as long as the nation, having become simple-minded and fearful lets the bastard heirs of the July Revolution do as they wish. And yet I have the strong conviction that sooner or later she will open her eyes, will recover her will, and freedom will not perish." | Christie's