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Marquis de Lafayette
Lafayette Calls the United States the "Land of Freedom"", and Contrasts It to France, Where the Privileged Elite Hold Too Much Power He speaks well of the nephew of his patron in arranging his joining the American cause in 1777, and mentions numerous worthies, including Thomas Jefferson's grandson He speaks well of the nephew of his patron in arranging his joining the American cause in 1777, and mentions numerous worthies, including Thomas Jefferson's grandson
23/02/1827. This letter speaks to Lafayette’s strong ties to HarvardIn August 1775, the Marquis de Lafayette was introduced to the Charles François, the Count de Broglie, commander of the French Army of the East. Through Broglie, Lafayette became associated with the Freemasons, who advocated freedom both in France and America. One of the most memorable events in the Marquis’ life occurred when de Broglie invited the Duke of Gloucester to dinner and the Duke criticized the colonists. After hearing the reasons as to why the colonists where fighting for their freedom, the Marquis became convinced that he had to join in the effort. Lafayette wrote, “When I first learned of that quarrel, my heart was enlisted and I thought only of joining the colors.” After this encounter, the Marquis convened with like-minded gentlemen in Paris to discuss the involvement of France in the American Revolution. One was Johann de Kalb, a Prussian-born soldier on de Broglie’s staff. The men agreed to go to America as volunteers. Broglie at first rebuffed Lafayette, saying that his duty was to his family and France. But Lafayette persisted; Broglie relented and sent Lafayette with Kalb to see American envoy Silas Deane, who was seeking volunteers among the French officer corps. The young marquis was not the type of seasoned recruit that Deane sought, but Lafayette recalled, “I spoke more of my ardor in the cause than of my experience.” Won over, Deane offered Lafayette a commission as a major-general on December 7, 1776.The Count’s nephew was Victor de Broglie, the third Duke, and h … [Click Below for Full Description]
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