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Two Letters of Lafayette
TWO LETTERS OF LAFAYETTE.
FROM THE ORIGINALS IN THE COLLECTIONS OF THE
MARYLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
19th November 
My dear Sir
I am too anxious to hear of your negotiation to have remained
long absent from town. On my arrival last night I was told of
your presentation, and will call before dinner to know something
more. In the meanwhile I happened last evening to meet a
Counsellor of State, M. Malouet, with whom I spoke of our affairs
as I do with every one whom I think to be of some instant or
remote use. He told me he was now making a Memorial about the
general Business which is to go through the Minister of the Interior
to the Emperor, and agreed to introduce the arguments I had
given him, promising that if I gave them in writing to-morrow
before noon they would certainly be put under the Emperor's
eyes. He advised to insist upon your means to prevent a
mixture of English commodities, declaring it to be the principal
difficulty to be removed from the Imperial mind. M. Malouet is
a very sensible honest man, known to be so by the Emperor, and
whose opinions cannot be suspected of any selfish motive. He
has resided sixteen or seventeen years in England, had a great
share, as an Emigrant in the confidence of that Government, and
altho' neither you nor I would have liked any dealings with them,
he behaved, in the line of his party, with moderation and good
sense. I give you these particulars to show that ideas presented
by him may do some good. It is a great deal to be assured by a
man of veracity they shall be conveyed to the Emperor from the
Interior Department as well as that of Foreign Aflairs.
I have mentioned to you a kind of friendly negociation I
entered upon at the desire of Gl. Armstrong with the Prince
Royal of Sweden. Inclosed is the copy of my letter of introduction
for Mr. Speyer. I thought it most proper to send it to Gl.
Armstrong, under whose direction I had acted than to the
President himself so that I have got no answer respecting that
business. I am afraid our friends in Washington have not fully
attended to the good disposition of Bernadotte and his situation in
the North. An Envoy has been sent to the Danish King, a man
much more dependent on the will of others. It must be acknowledged
that of the two sets of kings, the new one is the better,
altho' we might well have dispensed with both; but these have
more sense and a better Education, or they could not have been
thought of to come in. And among them Bernadotte is, in my
opinion the Best. Perhaps will you think it proper in your
despatches to say a word of that business.
Mr. Louis came last night to Mde. de Tilly's to know how he
could forward a letter from M. mentioning he had seen three
times Mr. Poster and was endeavoring to bring about my loan.
My respects to the ladies.
Most affectionally yours
La Grange, June 23d 1824
My dear Sir
I am much obliged to you for those Highly valued favors and
other kind Testimonies of a friendly Remembrance. Mr. Townsend
Sharpies did me the pleasure of a Visit with Mr. Jones of
West Chester. His time was short; they left us the next
morning, so has done Mr. Cook who arrived last evening, but
he has promised to return Monday. To those good and welcome
friends I refer myself for intelligence respecting the family at La
Grange, who cordially shared in my Gratification to receive them
under this American roof.
I thank you, my dear Sir, for your kind attempts to obtain
wild turkies male and female. Two males I have but no hens.
The mamoth Turkey died, you know on the passage over. Also
my acknowledgments to Mr. Thomas McGrath of Yorktown. Be
pleased also to accept my thanks In your Endeavours to procure
American Rabbits, partridges, pheasants, all animals that are of a
different kind from their European namesakes. I like to be
surrounded in these retirements with productions of the Country
so very dear to my heart, and find an additional Justification in
the sense of my obligations to you.
With affectionate Regard and good wishes, I am
your sincere friend
Jon. Townsend, Esq., Baltimore.
(Indorsed) Kec. 8 mo. 21st 1827.