Marquis de Lafayette letter, 1816 September 15

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Marquis de Lafayette letter, 1816 September 15



Marquis de Lafayette letter possibly to Michael Bowyer introducing General Simon Bernard. Bernard was banished from France after Napoleon's second abdication and came to the United States where he was made an assistant engineer with the rank of Brigadier General.


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La grange 7bre 1816

My dear Sir

Gnl Bernard, His Lady and family are just leaving France, and while I Have
the pleasure to present them to you, I must express the general's earnest desire that the
Honourable task which He is Happy to obey, may be Reconciled to the feelings of His
Companions in the American Corps of Engineers. The Candor of HIs Mind is Equal to
His Uncommon talents and military science. He will give you the news of this part
of the World. I shall only Repeat the Expression of my most affectionate grateful

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Sepr.15. 1816

Original Format

Ink on paper


Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834, “Marquis de Lafayette letter, 1816 September 15,” Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed July 18, 2024,