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    Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette Autograph Letter Signed. Four pages, written on first page only, 8" x 10", from his family home near Paris, known as La Grange, October 28 1825. Lafayette writes, in part: "I cannot let the Cadmus depart without writing a few lines to you, My dear friends; We are, my children, grand children and myself all in good Health at La Grange after I have paid to many friends in Paris a short visit of four days, nor will I return to town Before the beginning of the next year. Difficult it is, my dear Clary, to reconcile myself to the idea of passing this winter at such a distance from Washington and Kalorama. Yet I have cause to be gratified with the good reception from the people on my way to [illegible] my neighbors about La Grange. The inclosed [sic] part of the Constitutional may Amuse the one of you who knows Nolay and its environs, and interest you both, perhaps also Mr. Seaton, if it has not been published.... I expect the pleasure to hear from you, my dear friends, by the next packet; in the mean while accept the affectionate compliments from the family at La Grange, La Valle included. Remember me most affectionately to all the inhabitants of Kalorama, to Genl Brown, Genl Bernard, the Roberdeau family, and all friends in Washington and Georgetown. My most tender friendship and good wishes shall ever attend you. Lafayette."

    General Lafayette's extraordinary military skills during the Revolutionary War won him the rank of Major General at the tender age of 20. When he returned to France in 1781, Lafayette was famous - a much loved hero of two nations - and he was awarded many honors. In 1824, President James Monroe invited Lafayette to return to the United States (August 1824 - September 1825), to celebrate the nation's semi-centenary. During his visit, he toured every American state and covered more than 6,000 miles, meeting new friends and renewing old acquaintances. This letter, addressed to "my dear Clary," was written upon his return to France, and is believed to have been directed to Clara Baldwin Bomford, wife of General George Bomford, owner of the Kalorama (Greek for "beautiful view") estate in what is now Northwest Washington, D.C. Lafayette had been close friends with the original owners of the estate, Thomas and Anica Barlow, as well as their friends George and Clara Bomford, who later purchased the house from the widow Barlow. The letter is moderately age toned and bears a few inconsequential chips at the lower left and along the right edge. An outstanding personal letter in fine condition.


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