Manuscript/Mixed Material George Washington to Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, August 15, 1786

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to constitute a new era in negotiation, and to promise the happy consequences I have just now been mentioning. But let me ask you my Dr. Marquis, in such an enlightened, in such a liberal age, how is it possible the great maritime powers of Europe should submit to pay an annual tribute to the little piratical States of Barbary? Would to Heaven we had a navy able to reform those enemies to mankind, or crush them into non-existence.

I forbear to enter into a discussion of our domestic Politics, because there is little interesting to be said upon them, and perhaps it is best to be silent, since I could not disguise or palliate where I might think them erroneous. The British still hold the frontier Posts, and are determined to do so. The Indians commit some trifling ravages, but there is nothing like a general or even open war. You will have heard what a loss we have met with by the death of poor Genl. Greene. General McDougal and Colo. Tilghman are also dead.

It is a great satisfaction to have it in my power to pay some attention to Monsr. Du Plessis, by whom I had the happiness of receiving your last letter: he is now at Mount Vernon on his way to Georgia.

You will see by the length to which I have extended this letter, that I can never find myself weary of conversing with you. Adieu, My Dr. Marqs. Mrs. Washington and the family desire to be most respectfully presented to Made. de la Fayette, to whom, I pray you also to offer my very best homage; and to believe that I am etc.59

59. From the “Letter Book” copy in the Washington Papers.

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Title
George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799: Letterbook 13, March 5, 1786 - Jan. 23, 1787
Contributor Names
Washington, George, 1732-1799 (Author)
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-  United States
-  Manuscripts
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Manuscripts
Call Number/Physical Location
series: Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799
MSS 44693: Reel 013
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George Washington papers
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Manuscript Division
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English
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Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 13, March 5, 1786. 1786. Manuscript/Mixed Material. https://www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.013/.

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Washington, G. (1786) George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 13, March 5, 1786. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.013/.

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Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 13, March 5, 1786. 1786. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.013/>.