The Life of Gilbert Motier de Lafayette: A Marquis of France; a General in the American and French Revolutions; the Compatriot and Friend of Washington; the Champion of American Independence, and of the Rights and Liberties of Mankind : from Numerous and Authentick Sources

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Mack, Andrus, & Woodruff, 1841 - 371 pages

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Page 37 - ... to the United States without pension or particular allowance, and is anxious to risk his life in our cause — Resolved that his service be accepted, and that in consideration of his zeal, illustrious family and connexions, he have the rank and commission of major general in the army of the United States.
Page 360 - That it be recommended to the people of the United States to wear crape on the left arm, as mourning, for thirty days.
Page 224 - We swear to be faithful to the nation, to the law, and to the king ; and 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 the indissoluble ties of fraternity.
Page 252 - Thy purpose firm, is equal to the deed : Who does the best his circumstance allows, Does well, acts nobly ; angels could no more.
Page 115 - His modesty detained it long in his own hands. We became acquainted, however, from the time of his arrival at Paris ; and his zeal' for the honour of our country, his activity in our affairs here, and his firm, attachment to our cause, and to you, impressed me with the same regard and esteem...
Page 303 - In one respect you behold us unaltered, and this is in the sentiment of continued devotion to liberty, and of ardent affection and profound gratitude to your departed friend, the father of his country, and to you, and to your illustrious associates in the field and in the cabinet, for the multiplied blessings which surround us, and for the very privilege of addressing you which I now exercise. This sentiment, now fondly cherished by more than ten millions of people, will be transmitted with unabated...
Page 74 - I do acknowledge the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA to be free, independent ; and sovereign states, and declare that the people thereof owe no allegiance or obedience to GEORGE THE THIRD, KING OF GREAT BRITAIN ; and I renounce, refuse, and abjure any allegiance or obedience to him ; and I do swear...
Page 185 - That the secretary for foreign affairs further acquaint the minister plenipotentiary at the court of Versailles, that he will conform to the intention of congress by consulting with, and employing the assistance of, the marquis de Lafayette, in accelerating the supplies which may be afforded by his most Christian majesty, for the use of the United States...
Page 55 - 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 52 - with about four hundred militia and the rifle corps, attacked the enemy's picket last evening, killed about twenty, wounded many more, and took about twenty prisoners. The marquis is charmed with the spirited behavior of the militia and rifle corps ; they drove the enemy about half a mile, and kept the ground until dark. The enemy's picket consisted of about three hundred, and were reinforced during the skirmish. The marquis is determined to be in the way of danger.

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