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Detail from The Death of Marat, Jacques-Louis David
The letter in Marat’s hand is from his assassin, Charlotte Corday. Translation: ” 13 July, 1793. Marie anne Charlotte Corday to citizen Marat. Because I am unhappy, I have a right to your help”. The original letter, with bloodstains and bath water marks still visible, has survived and is currently intact in the ownership of Robert Lindsay, 29th Earl of Crawford.