The Massachusetts Council to the American Commissioners
LS: American Philosophical Society
Council Chamber Boston January 5th. 1779
The Marquis De La Fayette having taken leave of this Board, being soon to embark for France,1 We take this opportunity in justice to his Merit to express our high sense of that Gentlemans Attachment to the American Cause. His exertions & bravery in the Field do him great Honor, which we doubt not the whole Continent have a grateful Sense of, & the prospect of further Services from that Gentleman affords great Pleasure to this State in particular & the United States in general— In behalf of the Council I am, Gentn. With great Respect Your most Obdt. Hble Servt
State of Massachusetts Bay—
The Honble Benja: Franklin Arthur Lee & John Adams Esqrs.
Addressed: The Honble Benjn. Franklin, Arthur Lee & John Adams Esqrs / Commissioners from the United States of America at the Court / of France— / Paris—
Endorsed by Franklin: Council Massachusetts Recommendation of Marquis de la Fayette.
1. For Lafayette’s return to France aboard the frigate Alliance see XXVII, 619n.
2. Jeremiah Powell, a longtime member of the Mass. Council (XX, 236n).