George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, 29 June 1782

Paris June the 29th 1782

Mr Grenville says, My dear General, that the Enabling Bill has past both Houses—How it will be worded, I do not know—We also expect some answer to a few lines Count de Vergennes Has Given to Mr Grenville—But I am affraid those people are not sincere.

I Had no letter from you this Age, my dear General, and as I Hope you Have wrote some times I guess Many of My letters Have shared the same fate—I envy the pleasure the Gentlemen of the French Army will Have on their landing upon the American shore, and feel the more tired of these political concerns, as I am truly vexed not to join the Army and to remain in a city, three thousand Miles from you, in the midst of a campaign—I do not Believe it will Be an Active one, and yet being at such a distance, I feel an insupportable degree of Uneasiness.

I request, my dear General, you will present my Best compliments to my friends in the Army—I am truly ashamed to let them Be in the field, and to keep at such a distance from them—They will think I am much altered from what they have known me to be, unless you are pleased, my dear General, to let them know that your political people Have kept me Here for motives of public utility, and that never could I make a greater sacrifice to my zeal for America than when I delay so much my Return to the Army where I Heartly wish I could Be immediately transported.

Mde de Lafayette is well, and I Hope in the course of some months your God son will Have a Brother. She requests Her best and most affectionate compliments to be presented to you, and my little family, [done]the same, as they are [   ] Before all to [Respects] and to love General Washington.

Be pleased, my dear General, to present my most affectionate respects to Mrs Washington. My best compliments wait upon the family, and I do assure you I Had much Rather be one of them than be Here speaking of the peace of 48, the peace of 63 British fleet, the basis of conditions of a treaty, and Be Busy to distinguish Betwen truth and falsehood in a line where cheating is considered as a very clever improvement.

Adieu, my dear General, I Hope you will approuve my conduct and in every thing I do I first consider what your opinion would Be Had I an opportunity to consult it. I anticipate the Happiness to Be again with You, my dear General, and I Hope I need not Assuring you that nothing can Exceed the sentiments of Respect and tenderness I Have the Honor to be with Your most hble serv. and forever your most devoted affectionate friend


The words in square brackets are GW’s translation of code.


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