The Marquis de Lafayette in the American Revolution: With Some Account of the Attitude of France toward the War of Independence - Vol. 1

The Marquis de Lafayette in the American Revolution: With Some Account of the Attitude of France toward the War of Independence - Vol. 1

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The Marquis de Lafayette in the American Revolution: With Some Account of the Attitude of France toward the War of Independence - Vol. 1

The Marquis de Lafayette in the American Revolution: With Some Account of the Attitude of France toward the War of Independence - Vol. 1

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I have endeavored in these volumes to trace the career of the Marquis de La Fayette in America, from the time when he came here in 1777 until he returned to France after the surrender of Earl Cornwallis, in 1781. I have used for this purpose the letters preserved among his private papers which were published in his Memoirs and Correspondence by his family after his death, and I have carefully examined a large number of manuscripts in this country, among the official documents of the Department of State, as well as in private collections and those of institutions to which access has been granted me.

I have taken especial care to present in detail the military operations of the Virginia Campaign, during which La Fayette held an independent command, with as close attention to his own statements as possible, frequently in his own words, in order that I might give a faithful account of the part he played.

I have followed also with some minuteness of detail the efforts of M. de La Fayette in our behalf at the Court of Versailles during the year 1779 whilst he was in France upon leave of absence; for his incessant presentation of the American cause at that time to the Cabinet of King Louis XVI., and particularly to the Comte de Vergennes and the Comte de Maurepas, had . . .

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