French cleric and political theorist (1782-1854). Autograph letter signed. La Chênaie [Plesder, Ille-et-Vilaine]. 8vo. 1 p. and 2 lines on bifolium. With autograph address panel.
$ 2,649 / 2.500 €
Important political letter to the mathematician, physicist, astronomer, and politician François Arago, congratulating him on his re-election in the 1834 French legislative election, "a true victory for France", and discussing pressing political matters. Lamennais writes that he saw in Arago a trustworthy republican ally, otherwise he would not have made dangerous statements, such as describing the reign of Louis-Philippe as a tyranny and predicting the end of "despotism". In his opinion, the most important project of the opposition was electoral reform, although not politicians but "thousands of petitioners" should demand it, since "petitions have not yet been forbidden", while "it is forbidden to associate to defend one's rights".