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Memoirs of General Lafayette   By: (1783-1838)

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Stan Goodman, Marvin A. Hodges, Charles Franks, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team

MEMOIRS OF GENERAL LAFAYETTE

WITH AN ACCOUNT

OF HIS

VISIT TO AMERICA,

AND OF HIS RECEPTION BY THE

PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES;

FROM HIS ARRIVAL, AUGUST 15TH,

TO THE

CELEBRATION AT YORKTOWN,

OCTOBER 19TH, 1824

by Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier,

MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE

[Illustration: Lafayette]

DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS To wit :

District Clerk's Office .

Be it remembered, that on the 2d day of November, A.D. 1824, in the forty ninth year of the independence of the United States of America, E.G. House, of the said district, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit Memoirs of General Lafayette, with an account of his visit to America; and of his reception by the people, of the United States, from his arrival, Aug. 15. to the celebration at Yorktown, Oct 19, 1824.

In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States entitled, "an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned:" and also to an act entitled "an act supplementary to an act, entitled an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned; and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical, and other prints."

JNO. W. DAVIS, Clerk of the Dist. of Mass .

ADVERTISEMENT,

BY THE EDITOR.

It is a poor apology to offer for any defect or omission in a work intended for the information of the public, that it was prepared in haste. Yet in the present case it can be offered with truth. The Editor of this volume knew nothing of the plan, until it had been some time proposed, and many subscribers obtained. The gentleman by whom it was first intended to have been prepared, was suddenly taken away, without writing, or even collecting any thing for the volume. It was undertaken with reluctance, as it was known the public would he impatient for the work, and as the publisher was also desirous it should be prepared in a few weeks. It is only fifty days since the task was begun. It is believed, however, that several documents, not yet published, will be found in this volume; and that many events and incidents are preserved, which would otherwise have been lost to the public.

Everything relating to the life and character of this extraordinary man, is certainly worthy of remembrance by the benevolent and intelligent through the civilized world, and especially by Americans, to whom he has rendered the most essential services. The endeavour has been to avoid panegyric; though in this case, a plain statement of facts may be construed, by those ignorant of the life of Lafayette, into a disposition to bestow extravagant praise.

It has been a source of much satisfaction to the Editor, to find so many proofs of consistency and of principle, as well as of zeal in the cause of rational liberty, which the life of this heroic and disinterested personage affords. And if he shall appear in this hasty memoir, as the ardent, undeviating, and sincere friend of civil freedom and of the rights of man, it will be because he justly merits such a high character.

In the account of his reception by the people of this country, in various places, during his present visit, it may be thought that we have been too particular. It was promised, however, in the proposals for the volume, that such relation would be given. It is believed that it will be found to be interesting, and that it will be a satisfaction hereafter, to recur to it. This account embraces the time which elapsed after he landed at New York, August 15, 1824, to the celebration of the capture of the Brittish [sic] army at Yorktown, October 19... Continue reading book >>




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