Memoirs, Correspondence and Manuscripts of General Lafayette, Volume 1

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Saunders and Otley, 1837 - France - 555 pages
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Page 7 - ... his imagination. The cause seemed to him just and noble, from the representations of the Duke himself; and before he left the table the thought came into his head, that he would go to America, and offer his services to a people, who were struggling for freedom and independence. From that hour he could think of nothing but this chivalrous enterprise.
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 17 - Whereas, the Marquis de Lafayette, out of his great zeal to the cause of liberty, in which the United States are engaged, has left his family and connections, 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 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 196 - 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 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 139 - I am confident, far different views ; his ambition and great desire of being puffed off, as one of the first officers of the age, could only be equalled by the means which he used to obtain them. But finding that I was determined not to go beyond the line of my duty to indulge him in the first, — nor to exceed the strictest rules of propriety to gratify him in the second, — he became my inveterate enemy ; and he has, I am persuaded, practised every art to do me an injury, even at the expense...
Page 329 - Varnum, and his escort of militia dragoons, who fill up all the streets of 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 corn-field, of which not one leaf has been touched. The Tories dont know what to say to it.
Page 86 - Henrietta,f all rushed upon my thoughts, and my heart was torn by a thousand painful feelings. I could not at that instant find any excuse for my own conduct. If you could know all that I have suffered, and the melancholy days that I have passed...
Page 319 - I received your letter," writes he, " with all the joy that the sincerest friendship could dictate, and with that impatience which an ardent desire to see you could not fail to inspire I most sincerely congratulate you on your safe arrival in America, and shall embrace you with all the warmth of an affectionate friend when you come to head-quarters, where a bed is prepared for you.

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