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This letter is addressed to a Mr. Borely in Marseille, and concerns the life and estate of John Burell. In French.


La Grange, July 4, 1830 Dear President: I am writing to you confidentially, my dear President, in order to carry out an order I have just received from South Carolina. Dr. John Burell went to the US aboard the French war vessel during the Independence War. He was accompanied by his brother Jean-Baptiste Burell, Commissioner of War, who then was living in Paris. Both are sons of Antoine Burell, and one of the brothers was living in Toulon. Antoine Burell himself was born in the South France, in a small village called Aeoline, or some thing like that, because my correspondent did not speak French, and therefore could not remember the exact pronunciation. Dr. Burell died two years ago. He left behind a widow and several children in a desperate situation. It seems that John Burell, who had served as a doctor aboard a French vessel before going to the US, has the right to receive a part of the heritage left by the Antoine Burell who was very wealthy. I was asked to inquire about that. Dr. Burell got married in Philadelphia after the Revolution. He then left for the Southern States where he lived until he died. He intended to come to France to get his share of the heritage, but he could not gather the amount of money needed for the travel. When he was young, he lived comfortably by practicing medicine, but as he grew older, he practiced less and less. He was always held in esteem by his people for his honesty and sincerity. His friends and neighbors missed him a lot and were interested in the fate of his widow and children. In this letter dated on April 17, I was asked to gather more information and to find out to whom the power of attorney should be sent. I think that the American consulate in Marseilles, could handle the matter, but before that, I would like you to find out through your friends in Toulon what has become of the Burell family and what can be done to help the American widow and her children. I apologize, dear President, for the inconvenience that I am causing you, but I am sure that you understand how glad I am to help these people. Sincerely Yours Lafayette

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La Grange, 04 July 1830, 1830, Dr. John Burell, war vessel, Independence War, Jean-Baptiste Burell, Paris, Antoine Burell, Toulon, France, Commissioner of War

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Marquis de Lafayette letter in French regarding a John Burell. France, 1830.



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