Lot n° 178
2000 - 2500
SADE Donatien-Alphonse-François, marquis de (1740-1814).
L.A.S. "Sade," [Charenton] January 14, 1812, to his lawyer Gaspard-François
GAUFRIDY in Apt; 3 pages in-4, address (tear from broken seal with loss of one word; small split in fold).
Sade tries to find money, and wonders what he can get back from his old feudal rights.
"I render you a thousand and one graces my dear lawyer for all the pains and care you will take to give me an exact list of all those who owe me pensions, either in Mazan, La Coste and mainly in Saumane. I see with pain that it will be difficult for me to get something out of these objects, however, you yourself are a witness that at the last visit I made to Saumane and where you are, these good people, (although in the regime of terror) paid me more than two thousand francs; why should they not do now what they agreed to do in such a difficult time". He specifies that François, the son of Gaufridy, shared his opinion when he came to Paris; but "this object made you experience difficulties and why? Here is what I do not hear since here are the own expressions of the law". He transcribes here two extracts, that is to say ten lines, of the document in question defining "the redeemable seigniorial rights", and questions: "Am I thus wrong to rely on this law and to act in consequence when you will have provided me with the names of the private individuals against whom I have claims to make". The businessman
MAYER, to whom he addressed himself, "speaks to me almost in the same sense as you; will it not be possible to oblige the private individuals to separate, and not to pay undoubtedly what holds with the feudality from what holds with the concession of bottom, and to pay me only this second part, finally I will enter the fray and we will see once you will have directly addressed to me the papers which you promise me"...
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