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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.02166
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0059] June 1783 
Title Henry Knox to the marquis de Lafayette expressing the debt the United States owes to France and to Lafayette himself
Date 16 June 1783
Author Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Recipient Lafayette, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de  
Document Type Military document; Correspondence
Content Description References "several" letters he received from Lafayette. Says his brother William is indebted to Lafayette for all the kindness shown to him. William asked that it be acknowledged. Goes on to say "America is infinitely indebted to you for your assistance, in the moment of her deepest distress, and from thence up to the present auspicious period - She recognizes the favors she has received with an unbounded attachment to you." Says he will personally remember "the pleasures of your friendship with the ardor of a lover." Says Lafayette's godson Harry will be taught the same. Believes the sentiment for a "Government unfettered by local or state policy" does not exist, but that the Americans will be a "united people." Predicts "Our affection for France will be perpetual." Says that Colonel Gouvion will inform him of the founding of the Society of the Cincinnati, which will involve many French officers.
Subjects Society of the Cincinnati  France  Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Global History and Civics  Friendship  Children and Family  Government and Civics  Articles of Confederation  Fraternal Organization  Military History  
People Lafayette, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de (1757-1834)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Place written West Point, New York
Theme The American Revolution; Creating a New Government
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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