[Henri de Saint Simon, French political theorist who inspired Karl Marx, Proudhon and John Stuart Mill.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Saint Simon') to the banker J. F. Perregaux, urgently requesting the remittance of funds 'de la par de deux districts'.

Saint Simon [Claude Henri de Rouvroy, Comte de Saint-Simon] (1760-1825), French Utopian political theorist [Jean-Frédéric Perregaux [or Perrégaux] (1744-1808), French banker]
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Péronne. 1 April 1792.
SKU: 21132

The background to the letter is explained by Elliot H. Polinger, in his essay 'Saint-Simon, the Utopian Precursor of the League of Nations' (Journal of the History of Ideas, 1943): 'Presiding over the assembly of the town of Falvy in 1790, he announced to the citizens that “There are no more lords; we are all perfectly equal here.” The Count had been metamorphosed into a true sans-culotte. | Always on the alert to engage in some sort of business, he envisaged during the Revolution the opportunity of speculating with national property and grasped the possibility of buying land for development as an aid to the peasant. [...] He associated himself with the former ambassador of Prussia to Spain, a certain Count Redern, who supplied the financial backing. Despite his idealistic pronouncements Saint-Simon bought and sold land quite profitably. However, his fruitful transactions were brought to an abrupt end by the Reign of Terror. Denounced by the Revolutionary Committee of Péronne on October 8, 1793, as an ex-noble associated with a foreigner in land speculations, Saint-Simon was thrown into the Luxembourg Prison'. 1p., 8vo. Bifolium addressed on reverse of second leaf, with red wax seal broken into two parts and two postmarks, to 'Monsieur Perregaux Banquier | en son hotel | Rue de Mirabeau No 5 | A Paris'. In good condition, lightly aged. Fourteen lines of text, neatly and closely written, including a four-line postscript. Having previously written on the same subject, Saint Simon requests Perregaux to send as quickly as possible a large sum of money, which Saint Simon is waiting for impatiently, and which he is requesting on the part of “deux districts', and which is occasioning 'fort grands desagrements'. In the postscript he begs him to 'faire passer ces fonds par la diligence et de me les adresser a Peronne'. He has immediate payments to make, and will be requesting 'd[']autre fonds' from Perregaux.