Recollections of the private life of General Lafayette (Google eBook)

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Baldwin and Cradock, 1835 - 339 pages
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Page 197 - The Congress, sensible of your merit towards the United States, but unable adequately to reward it, determined to present you with a sword, as a small mark of their grateful acknowledgment. They directed it to be ornamented with suitable devices. Some of the principal actions of the war, in which you distinguished yourself by your bravery and conduct, are therefore represented upon it. These, with a few emblematic figures, all admirably well executed, make its principal value.
Page 305 - WE SWEAR to be for ever faithful to the nation, to the law, and to the king ; to maintain with all our power the constitution decreed by the national assembly, and accepted by the king ; and to remain united to all Frenchmen by indissoluble ties of fraternity.
Page 36 - ... have neither the power nor the wish to struggle against the Calamity which has befallen me, or rather, to surmount the deep affliction which I shall carry with me to the grave. It will be mingled with the sweetest recollections of the thirty-four years, during which I was bound by the tenderest ties that, perhaps, ever existed, and with the thought of her last moments, in which she heaped upon me such proofs of her incomparable affection. I cannot describe the happiness which, in the midst of...
Page 56 - Majesté me fait l'honneur de me signifier que les principes que je professe étant incompatibles avec la sûreté du gouvernement autrichien, elle ne veut pas que je puisse rentrer dans ses États sans sa permission spéciale. Il est des devoirs auxquels je ne puis me soustraire; j'en ai envers les...
Page 52 - That an humble address be presented to His Majesty, to represent to His Majesty, that it appears to this house, that the detention of General...
Page 153 - Richeprey's establishment had met with some success, and a third was afterwards to be bought by Malesherbes, who took a cordial interest in the plan. The untimely death of Richeprey, the difficulty of replacing such a man, the departure of the intendant, and a change in the ministry, threw obstacles in the way of this noble undertaking. When Lafayette had been proscribed in 1792, the National Convention confiscated all his property, and ordered his negroes to be sold at Cayenne, in spite of the remonstrances...
Page 197 - ... actions of the war, in which you distinguished yourself by your bravery and conduct, are therefore represented upon it. These, with a few emblematic figures, all admirably well executed, make its principal value. By the help of the exquisite artists France affords, I find it easy to express every thing but the sense we have of your worth and our obligations to you. For this, figures and even words are found insufficient.
Page 198 - PS My grandson goes to Havre with the sword, and will have the honor of presenting it to you. THE MARQUIS DE LA FAYETTE TO B. FRANKLIN. Havre, August 29th, 1779. Sir, Whatever expectations might have been raised from the sense of past favors, the goodness of the United States for me has ever been such, that, on every occasion, it far surpasses any idea I could have conceived. A new proof of that flattering truth I find in the noble present which Congress has been pleased to...
Page 198 - The sight of those actions, where I was a witness of American bravery and patriotic spirit, I shall ever enjoy with that pleasure which becomes a heart glowing with love for the nation, and the most ardent zeal for its glory and happiness.
Page 56 - Impériale souhaite faire constater notre » situation ; je ne suis disposé à lui porter aucune » plainte. On trouvera plusieurs détails dans les » lettres de ma femme transmises ou...

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