SIMONIANISM

[Henri de Saint Simon, French political theorist who inspired Karl Marx, Proudhon and John Stuart Mill.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Saint Simon'), asking 'Citoyen Rihouit' to pass on a message about a legal agreement entered into ten years before.

Author: 
Saint Simon [Claude Henri de Rouvroy, Comte de Saint-Simon] (1760-1825), French Utopian political theorist
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 'le 23. f[loré]al. an 7' [i.e. 12 May 1799]
£800.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf 'Au Citoyen [Rihouit?]'. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, folded three times, with stub from mount adhering. Asking the recipient to pass on a message regarding a legal agreement entered into ten years before: 'observez a M. de Rederu de ma part je vous prie, Citoyen, que le compromis [?] nomination d'arbitre a été redigé par lui et que je n'y ai pas change un seul mot.

[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'.

Author: 
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]
Publication details: 
Péronne. 1 April 1792.
£950.00

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.

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