Autograph letter signed with his initials

Autograph letter signed with his initials

25 February 1831
Size : 6,10 x 7,87 inches
Condition : A
Reference : 693-2

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L.A.S. (initialled) Paris, 25 February 1831. 3 pp. in-4. 

I was unable to answer your letter immediately. The sale of our rags will keep us in Paris until May. If by any chance you should still come, Monsieur, I should like to bid you a final farewell. Zélie and all her family are here; I haven't seen it yet because I haven't left my rue d'Enfer. I won't talk to you about politics; that goes its own way. Be happy, my dear Sir, in your woods; think of me a few times and receive my old and tender regards from your charming daughter [...]".

Disillusioned with the future of the monarchy, Chateaubriand retired from business. After the Revolution of 1830, he left the Chamber of Peers. The year 1831 saw the publication of his works De la Restauration et de la Monarchie élective and Etudes Historiques (4vol. in-8).
The work referred to in this letter could be De la Restauration et de la Monarchie élective.


François-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand, French writer, memoirist and politician.
He was born on 4 September 1768 in Saint-Malo and died on 4 July 1848 in Paris. He is considered one of the precursors of Romanticism and one of the greatest figures of French literature. 

Several times ambassador to various sovereigns, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Restoration in 1822, a position he held until 1824. During the reign of Charles X, he was one of the ultraroyalists. 

His first major publications, the Essai sur les révolutions (1797) and the Génie du christianisme (1802), demonstrated his political commitment to the counter-revolution and the defence of Ancien Régime society. 

His monumental work is Les Mémoires d'outre-tombe, published posthumously in 1849. This text, which is both an autobiographical masterpiece and a major historical testimony