|Creator:||Gouvain, Rosalie de Trobriand|
|Title:||Madame Rosalie de Trobriand Gauvain papers|
|Quantity:||0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)|
Mr. Gauvain was a rich merchant who bought the vast estate presented to the Comte d'Estaign by the State of Georgia. Afraid of the business outlook in the turmoil of events in France, he decided to settle in America, and came to his new possessions in 1802. His wife did not immediately follow; after a visit to James Monroe, whom she had probably known when he was Ambassador to France, Mme. Gauvain returned to her native country, but in 1810 came out to Georgia to remain permanently. Mme. Rosalie and her second husband did not live in peace and amity, so one day Mr. Gauvain quietly departed, leaving her, however, the possession of their only child, a daughter, and the ownership of all his land and multitudinous debts, which she paid.
The Legislature of the State of Georgia granted Mme. Gauvain her decree of divorce from her husband on the 25th of December, 1821. For a very long time he was not heard from, then, about twenty-five years or more after his disappearance, the husband and wife met in the hall of the New York Hotel, which has since been pulled down, but was then the fashionable hotel in New York. Recognizing each other they simultaneously exclaimed: "Why, I thought you were dead long ago!" A conversation of mutual inquiries followed, then shaking hands they parted, never to see or hear of each other again.
In 1830 a trip from Athens, Georgia, to Rouen in France, in stage coaches through the length of the United States from Athens to New York, across the ocean in a sailing vessel from New York to Havre, then in stage coaches again from Havre to Rouen, Mme. Gauvain braved the perils of land and sea only to find when she reached Rouen that the Revolution of 1830 was sweeping over France.
--- The life and mémoirs of Comte Régis de Trobriand.
The collection consists of papers of Madame Rosalie de Trobriand Gouvain of Athens, Clarke County, Georgia from 1835-1841. The papers include a diary (1835-1841) in which Gouvain discusses social life in and around Clarke County, the management of her plantation, and her continued financial problems. The collection also contains family photographs and correspondence relating to the Gouvain family.
Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.
Madame Rosalie de Trobriand Gauvain papers. MS 2918. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.