MARIE ANTOINETTE — QUEEN OF FRANCE, ORDERS PAYMENT OF 60 POUNDS TO ONE OF HER COURT COURRIERS
MARIE ANTOINETTE. (1755 –1793) Queen of France; born archduchess of Austria, youngest daughter of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Francis I; she became dauphine of France upon her marriage to Louis-Auguste, [LouisXVI] heir apparent to the French throne (1770); during the French Revolution, she was convicted by the Revolutionary Tribunal of high treason and executed, by guillotine, [2 days after her husband, Louis XVI] at the Place de la Revolution. (14 October 1793). Scarce Manuscript Document Signed, “Payez / Marie Antoinette”, as Queen. One page, large legal folio, vellum. Versailles, April 1, 1783.
CLAUDE MONET ~~ ON THE CUSP OF ACHIEVING GREAT SUCCESS AS AN ARTIST, WRITES: ~~ “NATURE IS ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL AND IT’S ONLY IN THE WORK THAT IT IS POSSIBLE FOR ME TO FORGET ALL MY WORRIES BECAUSE I AM STARTING TO NOT BE A BEGINNER ANYMORE…”
MONET, CLAUDE. (1840-1926). Founding member, and leader in French Impressionist painting movement; the term: ‘Impressionism’ is derived from the title of his painting: Impression, Sunrise. A sad and somewhat melancholy, yet important, Autograph Letter Signed, “Claude Monet,” in French. 3 full pages, large octavo. Vétheuil, December 30, 1878, To his patron and collector, Georges de BELLIO.
PRESIDENT JOHN ADAMS IN THE WAKE OF THE “X,Y,Z AFFAIR” ADDRESSES THE CITIZENS OF HAMILTON, MASSACHUSETTS: “DURING MY ADMINISTRATION; THE ZEAL TO CONVINCE THE WORLD, THAT WE ARE NOT A DIVIDED PEOPLE; THEIR OFFER OF THEIR PROPERTY AND LIVES, TO SUPPORT THE HARD-EARNED LIBERTY OF THEIR COUNTRY; AND THEIR CONFIDENCE UNDER HEAVEN, THAT WE SHALL BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND THE MOST POWERFUL EFFORTS, AND MACHINATIONS OF FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC ENEMIES”
ADAMS, JOHN. (1735-1826). Second President of the United States, Signer of Declaration of Independence. Exceedingly choice Manuscript Letter boldly Signed, “John Adams”, as President, just days after making the details of the ‘X,Y,Z Affair’ known to Congress. One full page, small quarto. Philadelphia, May 19, 1798. To: ‘The Inhabitants of: The Town of Hamilton in the State of Massachusetts”.