George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, 18 April 1781

Baltimore April the 18th 1781

My Dear General

The Bearer of this Mr Lavaud Came to Me with a Recommendation from Viscount de Choiseuïl in the West Indias, and an other from Major General Lincoln who By this time Must Be with the Army—He wishes to Serve as A Volonteer, But I told Him that my family was full, and could not Be increased with french aids de Camp—that my detachement was Small, and Had No Room for Volonteers—He then asked me a letter for Your Excellency which I chearfully give to Him, But offered it as My advice that He ought to turn His projects Some other Way—General Lincoln who Introduces Him to me will Be a Better patron than Myself who Have No Acquaintance with this Gentleman. With the Most affectionate Respect I Have the Honor to Be My dear General Your Most obedient Humble Servant


PHi: Gratz Collection.

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