Signed autograph letter "Babeuf" to his eldest son, Robert Emile Babeuf Pluviôse [Letter most likely written between January 20 and February 8, 1797]. 2 pages, small in-12 format (10x8 cm), on bifolium, address on the back.Minimal stains and creases due to original mailing. Rare and moving signed autograph letter from Gracchus Babeuf.
"I did not mention anything to your mother. It is essential to take care of yourself.
I encourage you to bear your illness with courage. It is by practicing suffering that one becomes capable of enduring all the pains of life with strength. Moreover, we must hope that you will only have to endure great pain for a few more days. When the grains are ripe, your mother will harvest them and you will be relieved. Tell me tomorrow how you are feeling.
This rare letter from Babeuf is most likely written in the winter of 1797, the year of his death. Babeuf became famous for instigating, with the help of accomplices, the Conspiracy of the Equals, aimed at overthrowing the Directory.As a result of this plot, he was sentenced to death and guillotined on May 27, 1797. [No sales outside the European Union for this document].