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AUCTION 22

 

Letter from the Leader of the Illegal Champ d’Asile Colony in Texas


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105.     [CHAMP D’ASILE]. LALLEMAND, Charles François Antoine. Autograph letter signed, in French, to Daniel Lord, Jr. at 41 Franklin St., cryptic letter in which Lallemand informs Lord that he received a letter from Survillient which he urgently needs to discuss with Lord and asks to see him that day. [Philadelphia?], June 6, [1817]. One page on bifolium with address and remains of red wax seal on final page (wove paper with watermark: G & CO), 12mo (20 x 12.5 cm). Loss to parts of final two letters of signature due to removal of wax seal, reinforced at centerfold, a few light creases.

     Lallemand (1774-1839) was one of Napoleon’s officers who, along with several others, came to the U.S., secured a land grant in Alabama for similar French disaffecteds, but instead tried to establish a colony in Spanish Texas on the Trinity River, which colony they named Champ d’Asile and of which Lallemand was one of the chief projectors. See Handbook of Texas Online: Charles Lallemand; Champ d’Asile. See Item 107 herein.

($200-400)

Sold. Hammer: $200.00; Price Realized: $240.00

Auction 22 Abstracts

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