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    James Monroe Autograph Letter Signed as President. One page, 6.5" x 7.75", Virginia, September 5, 1824. According to the Monroe Papers at the University of Mary Washington, the letter is to Charles Everett, his friend and family physician, regarding the visit of the Marquis de Lafayette. It reads in full:

    "Dear Sir,
    I wrote you from Washington a letter which I find you did not receive. I expected to see you...[here the text is obscured by a hole]...and am sorry you do not come...[obscured]...room for you, and the family will be glad to see you.

    "The trip you intend to make is extensive and interesting. I had hope that you would have been with me when General La Fayette arrived, but presume you cannot as be there at that time. I enclose you a letter of introduction to him."

    General Lafayette had been invited by President Monroe to visit America in celebration of her upcoming fiftieth anniversary. He was promised money (Congress voted to give him $200,000) and land grants in return for his visit, and seeing it as an opportunity not only to promote French-American relations, but a chance to recover money that was confiscated from him during the French Revolution, he willingly accepted. He arrived at Staten Island, New York, on August 15, 1824, where he began his fourteen month, twenty-four state tour. During his visit he attended balls, parades, and ceremonies all held in his honor. He attended a two-day commemoration of the Battle of Yorktown, visited Mount Vernon and the grave of George Washington, visited former presidents and Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and laid the cornerstone of the Bunker Hill Monument, as well as presiding over the dedications of other buildings. As a result of the visit, Lafayette helped to reignite feelings of American nationalism that had been waning as the country was entering the early nineteenth century. Text is bold; folds.


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