Memoirs, Correspondence and Manuscripts of General Lafayette

 
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1837. Excerpt: ... His correspondence with General Washington describes the frequent conferences and discussions he had with several successive ministers, and with the committees named to listen to his representations respecting the interests of the United States and those of the French merchants, which were, in fact, the same, but which were often injured by the fiscal laws, the various restraints imposed on French industry, the ancient habits of the government, and the desire of promoting the financial interests of the country. The American congress passed a vote giving the most honourable testimony of their affection, gratitude, and confidence towards him. The different states vied with each other in bestowing his name on their towns and counties. The freedom of the cities was offered him. He received fresh diplomas, granting to himself, his son, and descendants, the rights of citizenship of the United States. The State of Virginia placed his bust in its capital of Richmond. His marble bust was also presented to the city of Paris, by the minister of the United States, and received with great pomp at the Hotelde-Ville. It was placed in the principal hall, in which the electors assembled the 12th of July, 1789. In that same hall, Lafayette was afterwards elected commander-general of the Parisian troops, and in it, at a later period, we may say, that the revolution itself was achieved. That bust, guarded for a length of time by the national guard, was attacked by the Jacobins, and destroyed at the period of their successes, the 10th of August. In his correspondence with General Washington, Lafayette endeavoured to make him acquainted with the affairs of Europe, and mentioned his determination, in 1785, to make an experiment at his own expense in Cayenne, in relation to the ...

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