LAVOISIER, ANTOINE-LAURENT DE. (1743-1794). French chemist; the founder of modern chemistry, best known for discovering the role of oxygen in chemical reactions. ALS. (“Lavoisier”). 1½pp. Small 4to. Paris, February 7, 1791. To his cousin and agent, Nicolas Charles Parisis. In French with translation.
“I was very late in answering the letter that you gave me the honor of writing me the first of February but I hope that this one will still reach you in time.
You may, sir and dear relative, bid on my behalf on the Lepine farm up to three hundred and ten thousand pounds and that of Vauberon up to five hundred and four thousand pounds. I will send you a power [of attorney taken] before a notary if you judge it appropriate but this would incur, I think, unnecessary costs.
Please obtain when you can information on the state properties not only for which there are bids submitted but for which the sale could be stimulated by submissions. Because it is being said that properties will increase rather than diminish and I believe that we cannot be too hasty to realize the speculation that can be done in this regard.
I have the honor to be with a very perfect attachment, sir and dear relative, your most humble and most obedient servant…”