Lot n° 280
400 - 500
Pierre-Gaspard CHAUMETTE (1763-1794) Prosecutor... - Lot 280 - Ader
Pierre-Gaspard CHAUMETTE (1763-1794) Prosecutor of the Commune of Paris, creator of the Fêtes de la Raison, arrested and guillotined with the Hébertistes. L.A.S. "Anaxagoras Chaumette"; 2 pages in-4.
He opened a letter that was not addressed to him... "It seems, Sir, that the mayor speaks to you about me. I wrote to him immediately after my meeting with Mr. Sonthonax. He had assured me that I would be named secretary of the Commission. [...] How wrong Mr. Sonthonax makes me! Far from warning me that another secretary was on the way, he kept it from me, exposing me to go and talk to you about it and consequently giving me the appearance of a supplanter. [...] It seems that in this cursed affair of the colonies everything comes together to offend me. A commission is going to be "chosen by the warmest supporters of liberty [...] I wish you success as certain as your intentions are pure. Ah, may you have the art of making yourself heard by the blacks; but the means? May you be surrounded only by white men. Ah fear especially the proud colonists"... Rare signature: Chaumette had changed his first name from Pierre-Gaspard to Anaxagoras, a saint who had been hanged for his republicanism.
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