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  • Lafayette’s Account of the Battle of York, September 29 - October 19, 1781
    Literal transcription of Lafayette’s account of the Battle of Yorktown, the climax of the Revolutionary War. The combined forces of General Washington, General Rochambeau, Admiral de Grasse, and General Lafayette all took part. Lafayette chronicles the siege, which took place from September 29 to October 19, 1781.
  • Letter from Adrienne Lafayette to her children 17 Brumaire, November 1794
    Lafayette’s wife, who was imprisoned in Paris during part of the French revolution, writes to her children asking them to secure the necessary documents to facilitate her release. Transcription of Adrienne Lafayette's letter, included on the microfilm.
  • Letter from Lafayette to Patrick Henry, August 30, 1798
    Lafayette writes to Patrick Henry, famous American patriot and a Governor of Virginia. One subject of the letter is the actions of French “privateers” preying on American merchant ships headed to Great Britain, ignoring the United States’ claim to neutrality.
  • Letter from Martha Washington to Lafayette, October 31, 1800
    Martha Washington wrote few letters. Acknowledging the special relationship Lafayette had with her husband, Mrs. Washington writes to Lafayette after George Washington’s death.
  • Letter from Lafayette to Thomas Jefferson, February 26, 1804
    Lafayette and Jefferson for nearly 50 years were friends and correspondents. Jefferson served as United States minister to France from May 1785-Oct. 1789, while revolutionary fervor was rising. This letter, in English, addresses several personal and political topics.
  • Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, May 17, 1816
    This long letter speaks of the political climate and the U.S. war with England (War of 1812). It includes some guarded comments on Bonaparte's recent defeat at Waterloo, in France's war with England. Translation of an excerpt
  • Pamphlet entitled, “Reception of General Lafayette, at Cincinnati, Ohio, May 20, 1825; on his tour through the Western Country
    During 1824 and 1825, Lafayette traveled the United States in what is referred to as his “triumphal tour.” Throughout the country, Americans greeted Lafayette as a great hero of the American war for independence. Translation of the opening paragraphs of a pamphlet describing Lafayette’s crossing the Ohio River on a barge from Covington, Kentucky and the enthusiastic greeting he received upon arriving in Cincinnati.
  • Letter to Adrienne Lafayette from aboard la Victoire, June 1777
    On his journey to America, young Lafayette writes to his wife, Adrienne, from aboard the vessel la Victoire. Having left his wife behind with one child and a second on the way, Lafayette’s tender letter conveys his love for his wife, his boredom at sea, and his eagerness to defend freedom in the colonies.
  • Letter to Adrienne Lafayette from Valley Forge, January 6, 1778
    Lafayette writes to his wife that, “It is in a camp in the middle of woods; it is fifteen hundred leagues from you that I find myself buried in midwinter.” He continues that everybody encourages him to leave, but honor tells him to stay. Lafayette alludes to the unfolding Conway Cabal, which unsuccessfully tried to have Washington replaced as commander in chief of the continental army.

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