CREMIEUX, Adolphe. 12443



Autograph Letter Signed, to Mr. Bottering, head of the English office at Rothschilds, rue Lafitte, about forwarding a letter to London. In French. 1 page 7 x 5 inches, with integral address leaf, postmarks, folds. With a separate small lithographed portrait of Crémieux. Paris, 2 September 1838. Adolphe Crémieux (1796 – 1880) was a French-Jewish lawyer and statesman, and a staunch defender of Jewish rights in France. From 1834 until his death, Crémieux served as vice-president of the “Consistoire Central des Israélites de France” (Central Consistory of the Jews of France), the administrative agency for all French Jews. On February 24, 1848 he was chosen by the Republicans as a member of the provisional government, and as minister of justice he secured the decrees abolishing the death penalty for political offences. That same year he was instrumental in declaring an end to slavery in all French Colonies, for which some have called him the French Abraham Lincoln. When the conflict between the Republicans and Socialists broke out, he resigned office but continued to sit in the constituent assembly. At first he supported Louis Napoleon, but when he discovered the prince’s imperial ambitions he broke with him.