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 […]

George Washington to Lafayette, 18 March 1780

The following letter, which will appear in a future volume of the Revolutionary War Series, illustrates Washington’s close bond to Lafayette and his appreciation for Lafayette’s efforts and assistance in the war. The letter printed below is taken from the typed transcript with notes included. Original manuscript images of Washington’s […]

Lafayette to George Washington, 27 April 1780

Lafayette, carrying news of France’s willingness to aid the American effort in the war, announces his arrival to America and urgent wish to speak with Washington in person. The following letter, which will appear in a future volume of the Revolutionary War Series, is taken from the typed transcript with […]

Buckner Stith to George Washington, 22 Mar. 1787

This letter from Buckner Stith (1722-1791), originally of the Chotank area of the Northern Neck of Virginia, is unique in that it is the only known letter from a companion of GW’s childhood recalling the days of their youth. Stith, who was living at this time at his home Rock […]

George Washington to William Gordon, 20 Dec. 1784

Washington was not always so serious in his thoughts on love and marriage, particularly when it came to his contemporaries. With tongue in cheek, in a letter of 20 December 1784 to the historian William Gordon, he remarked upon the recent marriage of Revolutionary war veteran Joseph Ward, who was 47 […]

George Washington to Robert Morris, 2 June 1784

The June 1784 correspondence between Washington and Robert Morris regards effective icehouse construction. GW requests details from Morris, who writes back on 15 June with information on the construction of and methodology behind the design of his icehouse. Washington later incorporated some of these ideas into his own icehouse at […]

George Washington to Lafayette, 7 Feb. 1788

This letter is part of a series; more information can be found on the “George Washington and the Making of the Constitution” page. Please also see related documents below. Original manuscript images of Washington’s letter to Lafayette at the Library of Congress: Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | […]