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#207 - Jean-Francois de Galaup, comte de Laperouse Estimate: $5,000+

Rare Revolutionary War-dated testimonial of an officer's "courage and distinction" during the "battle of l'Ariel," signed by the French naval hero

French Naval officer and explorer whose expedition vanished in Oceania (1741-c. 1788). Manuscript DS, in French, signed “Laperouse,” one page, 8 x 5.75, January 17, 1782. An attestation of service of Officer Le Pecheux, who served under Laperouse's command, in full (translated): "I certify that Mr. Le Pecheux de Mayene has served under my command as a volunteer during 18 months, that he has proven his goodwill and smartness, which decide me to nominate him pilot assistant. When the opportunity arises, I will later nominate him auxiliary officer, given his attitude during the battle of l'Ariel, where Mr. Le Pecheux showed courage and distinction. He has served since aboard many ships as auxiliary officer. To certify this, I have given him this certificate that I have signed aboard The Sceptre, 17 January 1783." In fine condition.

In 1778, Laperouse was given the command of the ship L'Amazone in support of the American Continental Army, fighting the English during the Revolutionary War. While patrolling off the coast of South Carolina in 1779, Laperouse captured the HMS Ariel, which is mentioned in the document. The ship Le Sceptre, which is quoted as well, was used by Laperouse from 1782 to beat the English in Hudson Bay. It was a success, which made him famous and known by Louis XVI, who would then send him around the world on a scientific expedition—a voyage from which he would not return.

Includes three related documents: a large partly-printed document with service records of Julien Le Pecheux, including his mission under Laperouse's command from June to December 1778 and from January to October 1779; a manuscript document with service records of Officer Le Pecheux during the American Revolution from 1778-1783, especially under Laperouse's orders, with descriptions of the battles he participated in; and a manuscript baptism certificate of Le Pecheux.
 

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