George Washington to Lafayette, 8 May 1780

The following letter, which will appear in a future volume of the Revolutionary War Series, expresses Washington’s delight to hear of Lafayette’s arrival to America.

The letter printed below is taken from the typed transcript with notes included.

Morris-town May 8th 1780.

My dr Marqs

Your welcome favour of the 27th of April came to my hands yesterday–I received it with all the joy that the sincerest friendship could dictate–and with that impatience which an ardent desire to see you could not fail to inspire.

I am sorry I do not know your rout through the State of New York, that I might, with certainty, send a small party of Horse (all I have at this place) to meet & escort you safely through the Tory settlements between this and the North River.

At all events Majr Gibbs will go as far as Pompton (where the roads unite) to meet you, & will proceed from thence as circumstances may direct, either towards Kings-ferry or New Windsor.

I most sincerely congratulate with you on your safe arrival in America & shall embrace you with all the warmth of an Affectionate friend when you come to head Qrs–where a bed is prepared for you.[1] adieu till we meet Yrs

Go: W<2n>n


1. Lafayette reached GW’s Morristown quarters on 10 May and consulted with the general until leaving for Philadelphia on 13 May (see Lafayette to the president of Congress, 16 May, and to Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, 20 May, in Lafayette Papers, 3:13, 26-29; see also GW to Lafayette, 16 and 19 May, both in DLC:GW). [back]

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