Autograph letter with signature (in third person), one page - addressed to the reverse of an adjoining sheet (with red wax seal), 4 x 6 inch, (Paris), 3.10.1790, in French, to the physician N.N. Simon, whom he informs of his appointment as secretary of the Health Committee* of the National Assembly**, written by Joseph-Ignace Guillotin in black ink - with signature in third person "Guillotin", attractively mounted (removable) for fine display with a picture, shows a guillotine in use during the French Revolution (altogether 9,5 x 12,75 inch), with intersecting letter folds, browning, a few small stains, and a small area of paper loss to the upper left corner of the adoining address sheet - in fine condition. "Guillotin a l`honneur de souhaiter le Bonjour a Monsieur Simon, il le previent qu`il a Ete nomme hier secretaire commis du Comite de Salubrite, il pourra s`installer demain." Translated: "Guillotin has the honor to welcome Mr Simon, he informs him that he was appointed secretary assistant of the Committee of Salubrity, he will be able to settle tomorrow" *Guillotin was the president of the committee set up on his initiative **During the French Revolution, the National Assembly (French: Assemblée nationale), which existed from 13 June 1789 to 9 July 1789, was a revolutionary assembly formed by the representatives of the Third Estate of the Estates-General; thereafter (until replaced by the Legislative Assembly on 30 Sept 1791) it was known as the National Constituent Assembly (French: Assemblée nationale constituante), though popularly the shorter form persisted.
|Profession||French physician who proposed on 10 October 1789 the use of a device to carry out death penalties in France|
|Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm)||4 x 6 (altogether 9,5 x 12,75 inch)|
|Type of Autograph||letters|
|Expert comment||very rare letter written during the French Revolution when the beheadings by guillotine took place !|
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