1801.015: Memorial and Claim of Amélie-Eugénie Caron de Beaumarchais.

Published: 1801

Full Title: The memorial and claim of Amélie Eugénie Caron de Beaumarchais, wife of André Toussaint de la Rue, heir and representative of Caron de Beaumarchais by her agent John Augustus Chevallié, for a balance due his estate for sundry arms, ammunition, &c., furnished the United States during the war between Great Britain and America.

Author: Beaumarchais, Amélie-Eugénie Caron de (1778-1832).

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Augustine Davis

Description: 34 pgs.; 19 cm. x 17 cm.


The author is the daughter of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732-99), the French playwright who led the covert operation begun in early 1776 to supply the Continental army with French munitions through a pretended Spanish merchant house, Roderigue Hortalez & Co. That front company dealt with Silas Deane of Connecticut, who was charged by Virginian Arthur Lee with self-interested dealings with the French, and so was not paid for materials he acquired from Beaumarchais, in turn depriving the Frenchman of his compensation – hence the appeal here to the Congress to settle the account in favor of Beaumarchais's estate. Only recorded copy, filmed by the Early American Imprints Series, is at Library of Congress.

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