Lafayette, Gilbert de Motier, Marquis de (1757-1834). Revolutionary War general, French statesman and officer. ALS, 1p, 7.25 x 8.75 in., La Grange. September(?) 3, 1828. Signed Lafayette. Addressed to the Minister of War. Involves a petition sent by Mr. Michel Bompard. Lafayette assures the minister he will give it his highest consideration.
Gilbert de Motier, Marquis de Lafayette was a celebrated French aristocrat who came to the aide of General Washington during the Revolutionary War. He organize the disheveled band of freedom fighters into a more organized army. In his home country, he played a pivotal role in the French Revolution as commander-in-chief of the National Guard of France. He attempted to maintain some order to the chaos, yet was unsuccessful.
His public image greatly suffered after Champs de Mars massacre, which made the public believe he sympathized with royal interests rather than the people. France declared war on Austria in 1792 and Lafayette took command of his troops. Austria later captured him and transferred him to several prisons until Napoleon Bonaparte negotiated his release and restored his citizenship by 1800. For the rest of his life, Lafayette pleaded that peace and order be restored yet France continued to suffer years of political turmoil between Napoleon, restored monarchs, and the people.
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