Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

LAFAYETTE MSS. III

The Lafayette mss. III, 1759-1880, consist of a bound volume of holograph correspondence of Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, 1757-1834, general, his contemporaries, among whom were Pierre Francois Audry de Puyravault and Jacques Charles Dupont de l'Eure, and members of his family. A report by George Washington Lafayette and Cesar Joseph Racot relates the circumstances of the death of Monsieur Dulong in 1834. The dates, 1757-1834, given on the spine of the bound volume refer to the period of time covered by letters written only by General Lafayette.

The letters are interspersed with portraits of Lafayette and his family. Letters on leaves 41r, 101v, 108v, and 114r, have the red or black seal bearing the likeness of George Washington. This seal was given to Lafayette by Isaac Cox Barnet, according to Jules Cloquet, Recollections of the private life of General Lafayette, London, 1835, page 184 (Lilly DC146 .L2 C6).

The volume was formerly the property of John Gribbel 1858- 1936, industrialist from Philadelphia, whose bookplate from his library at St. Austell Hall is mounted inside the front cover; St. Austell in Cornwall, England, was the home of John Gribbel's parents. The entire collection of autograph letters, manuscripts, and rare books of the late John Gribbel was sold by the Parke-Bernet Galleries on October 30-November 1, 1940 (Sale catalog No. 223) and on January 22-24, 1941 (Sale catalog No. 251), but this volume was not listed in the catalogs. It was presumably sold to Walter Pennett Gardner, 1869-1949, banker, prior to the Parke-Bernet sale. Subsequently in 1947 the volume was acquired for Indiana University by George Alexander Ball, 1862-1955, manufacturer, acting for the Ball Brothers Foundation of Muncie, Indiana.

The pages containing a calendar of the letters, documents, and portraits found tipped into the Large Index Volume II of the fifty volumes of Lafayette manuscripts acquired by Gardner have been removed and placed in the vertical file material for Lafayette mss. III.

Related manuscripts: Lafayette mss., Lafayette mss. II

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