Manuscript/Mixed Material George Washington to Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, April 28, 1788

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To MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE

Mount Vernon, April 28, 1788.

I have now before me, my dear Marqs. your favor of the 3d of August in the last year; together with those of the 1st. of January, the 2d. of January and the 4th. of February in the present. Though the first is of so antient a date, they all come to hand lately, and nearly at the same moment. The frequency of your kind remembrance of me, and the endearing expressions of attachment, are by so much the more satisfactory, as I recognise them to be a counterpart of my own feelings for you. In truth, you know I speak the language of sincerity and not of flattery, when I tell you, that your letters are ever most welcome and dear to me.

This I lay out to be a letter of Politics. We are looking anxiously across the Atlantic for news and you are looking anxiously back again for the same purpose. It is an interesting subject to contemplate how far the war, kindled in the north of Europe, may extend its conflagrations, and what may be the result before its extinction. The Turk appears to have lost his old and acquired a new connection. Whether England has not, in the hour of her pride, overacted her part and pushed matters too far for her own interest, time will discover: but, in my opinion (though from my distance and want of minute information I should form it with diffidence) the affairs of that nation cannot long go on in the same prosperous train: in spite of expedients and in spite of resources, the Paper bubble

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Title
George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799: Letterbook 15, Feb. 22, 1788 - Nov. 14, 1788
Contributor Names
Washington, George, 1732-1799 (Author)
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series: Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799
MSS 44693: Reel 015
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George Washington papers
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Manuscript Division
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Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 15,- Nov. 14, 1788. 1788. Manuscript/Mixed Material. https://www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.015/.

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Washington, G. (1788) George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 15,- Nov. 14, 1788. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.015/.

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Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 15,- Nov. 14, 1788. 1788. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.015/>.