George Washington, Autograph Letter, Signature
George Washington Writes a French Ally
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George Washington, Autograph Letter, signed “G. Washington.” Identified as from Mount Vernon.
George Washington pens a fine letter of introduction. Washington states that he would be happy to receive him, “whensoever he can make his journey commodiously for himself.”
The entire letter reads:
Mount Vernon Oct. 1st 1788
The letter introducing of Mr. / Chastel de la Valee, which you did me the honor / to write to me on the 6th of May, has been forwarded / by him since his arrival in America; / with information that his affairs would de/tached by him some little time in Philadelphia. / I have written to him in return, that I shall be very / happy to receive him, with marks of regard, at Mount Vernon, whensoever he can make / his journey commodiously for himself.
In the meantime I would not delay / to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, and to / assure you that your recommendation will / have high consideration & esteem. /
I have the honor to be,
Your Most Obedient, &
Most H’ble. Servt
The Marq.s de Bouille
More About the Marquis
The Marquis de Bouille distinguished himself in the American Revolution by helping France to capture British possessions. After, he returned to France. By 1788 he was a member of the Assemblies of Notables Louis XVI called together to solve France’s dire economic problems at the time. He held military commands in the country’s northeast at the time of the French Revolution. As one of the conspirators in the royal family’s escape attempt in 1791, he was on the wrong side of the conflict. He landed in London in 1793 to aid British interests against the French Revolution. He wrote his memoirs in 1797 as an attempt to clear his name. Three years later he would die in London and be interred there. In 1866, his body was moved to Montmartre Cemetery in Paris. His Royalist leanings are still villied in the fifth stanza of the French national Anthem, La Marseillaise.
Washington, George Autograph Letter, signed “G. Washington”. Mount Vernon: 1 Oct. 1788. 4to.; 1p. To Marquis de Bouille. Housed in a cloth over board wrapper, placed in a velvet lined clamshell box with title on the spine.