Paris, Le [Premiere] Floréal, an 2 [i.e. 20 April 1794]. First edition. Unbound printed bifolium circular, approx. 10 x 7.25 inches, 2 pages, blanks completed by hand in ink. Some spotting and dust-soiling; small tear from the sealing wax to the blank verso;. Item #16017
The Revolutionary government reforms the collection of rentes viagères, in part through the standardizaton of identities (certificats de vie) and standardizing procedures and forms. Addressed in autograph ink to one Pittonet in Orbe (Switzerland), endorsed at the foot over the signature (likely secretarial?) of the Swiss-born banker Perrégaux. With integral address "au Citoyen F. [?] D. Pittonet, à Orbe, Canton de Berne en Suisse," docketed in another hand, "Lettre de Mr. Perregaux de Paris ce 1 May 1794." Perrégaux played a key role in financing the instability of the Terror for political gains, though this document seems more concerned with the nuts and bolts of national financial bureacracies.