Memoirs, Correspondence and Manuscripts of General Lafayette, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Saunders and Otley, 1837 - France - 551 pages
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Page 305 - I shall welcome you with all the warmth of friendship to Columbia's shores ; and, in the latter case, to my rural cottage, where homely fare and a cordial reception, shall be substituted for delicacies and costly living.
Page 35 - The unfortunate soldiers were in want of everything; they had neither coats, hats, shirts, nor shoes ; their feet and legs froze till they became black, and it was often necessary to amputate them.
Page 305 - None can do it with more warmth of affection, or sincere joy than myself. Your forward zeal in the cause of liberty ; your singular attachment to this infant world ; your ardent and persevering efforts, not only in America, but since your return to France, to serve the United States ; your polite attention to Americans, and your strict and uniform friendship for me, have ripened the first impressions of esteem and attachment which I imbibed for you, into such perfect love and gratitude, as neither...
Page 17 - Whereas the Marquis de la Fayette out of his great zeal to the cause of liberty in which the United States are engaged, has left his family and connexions and at his own expense come over to offer his services to the United States without pension or particular allowance, and is anxious to risk his life in our cause...
Page 198 - I esteem a still worse consequence, I fear it will sow the seeds of dissension and distrust between us and our new allies, unless the most prudent measures are taken to suppress the feuds and jealousies that have already arisen.
Page 232 - The generous spirit of chivalry, exploded by the rest of the world, finds a refuge, my dear friend, in the sensibility of your nation only. But it is in vain to cherish it, unless you can find antagonists to support it; and, however well adapted it might have been to the times in which it existed, in our days, it is to be feared, that your opponent, sheltering himself behind modern opinions, and under his present public character of commissioner, would turn a virtue of such ancient date into ridicule....
Page 409 - It would have been a less painful circumstance to me to have heard that, in consequence of your non-compliance with their request, they had burnt my house and laid the plantation in ruins. You ought to have considered yourself as my representative, and should have reflected on the bad example of communicating with the enemy, and making a voluntary offer of refreshments to them, with a view to prevent a conflagration.
Page 17 - Deane, a numerous band of foreigners besieged the Congress. Their chief was a clever but very imprudent man ; and, although a good officer, his excessive vanity amounted almost to madness. With M. de Lafayette, Mr. Deane had sent out a fresh detachment ; and every day such crowds arrived that the Congress had finally adopted the plan of not listening to any stranger. The coldness with which M. de Lafayette was received might have been taken as a dismissal ; but, without appearing disconcerted by...
Page 180 - Sir, I want to repeat to you in writing what I have told to you, which is, that if you believe it, or if it is believed necessary or useful to the good of the service and the honour of General Lee, to send him down with a couple of thousand men, or any greater force; I will cheerfully obey and serve him, not only out of duty, but out of what I owe to that gentleman's character.
Page 331 - Newport. On the other hand, the French discipline is such, that chickens and pigs walk between the tents without being disturbed, and that there is in the camp a cornfield, from which not one leaf has been touched. The Tories don't know what to say to it.

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