George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Pinckney, 13 March 1793

From Thomas Pinckney

London 13 March 1793

Dear Sir

M. de Noailles who is the bearer of this requires no introduction to you, his situation & services during the late War you witnessed, & are well acquainted with the subsequent events which have placed him in his present predicament.1 You will find him warmly participating in the anxiety we all feel for the welfare of our friend M. de la Fayette2—on this subject I have only to say that I have done whatever I thought consistant with propriety in an unauthorized, unofficial manner to alleviate his misfortune; and that I shall esteem myself peculiarly happy if I can be instrumental in testifying the gratitude of my country to one who has rendered it such eminent services, in any way that may be deemed expedient.3 With sincere affection & true respect I remain Dear Sir Your faithful & obedient Servt

Thomas Pinckney.

ALS, DLC:GW. This letter is docketed as “recd May 4th 1793.”

1For the arrival in Philadelphia of Louis-Marie, vicomte de Noailles, see GW to Alexander Hamilton, 5 May, n.3.

2For information on the capture and imprisonment of Lafayette, see Marquise de Lafayette to GW, 12 Mar., and notes 3, 7.

3For Thomas Pinckney’s official instructions regarding assistance to Lafayette, see Thomas Jefferson to Gouverneur Morris and Pinckney, 15 Mar., Jefferson Papers description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950—. description ends , 25:387–89.

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