LS:9 Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères; copy: Library of Congress
Passy, Jan, 18. 1780.
Being unavoidably detained from going to Versailles to Day as I intended, I must beg of you when you present those Officers to M. De Vergennes, to say for me what I should have said if I could have been present, that I have been made well acquainted with their great Merit and the high Reputation they have acquired in our Country by their Valour and their good Conduct; and that I am persuaded that if his Majesty should think fit to honour them with any Marks of his Favour in Consideration of their Services to the United States, it will be extreamly pleasing to the Congress, & to the People of America.1
I am ever, with the greatest Esteem and Affection, Dear Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant,
M. le Marq. De la Fayette.
9. In WTF’s hand.
1. We have no direct evidence about their identity, but in early 1780 Lafayette was lobbying for promotions or honors for three of his former aides-de-camp, Jean-Joseph Gimat de Sourbadère (XXV, 495n), Michel Capitaine du Chesnoy (XXIX, 521n), and Louis-Saint-Ange Morel, chevalier de La Colombe (XXIX, 563n): Idzerda, Lafayette Papers, II, 363n.