Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Lieutenant Colonel Richard Varick, 12 September 1780

To Lieutenant Colonel Richard Varick1

[Bergen County, New Jersey] September 12 1780

The following is the address which the Marquis thinks will best answer the purpose—The Right Honorable The Marquis de la Fayette, Marechal de camp of the armies of His Most Christian Majesty and Major General in the Service of the United States.2

ALS, sold at the Parke-Bernet Galleries, January 20, 1947, Lot 346.

1Varick was at this time aide-de-camp to Benedict Arnold at West Point. Varick’s interest in Lafayette’s title arose from the fact that Lafayette was soon to visit West Point with Washington on their return trip from a conference in Hartford with Comte de Rochambeau and Chevalier de Ternay.

2Text taken from Parke-Bernet catalogue.

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