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John Q. Adams
John Quincy Adams Shows He Laid Out Substantial Money From His Own Pocket to Finance the Secret Mission to Get the Imprisoned Marquis de Lafayette's Son to Safety in the U.S. Adams seeks reimbursement for these funds, and for his expenses while negotiating Jay’s Treaty, congratulates Thomas Pinckney on his patriotic service (as Pinckney returns to run for Vice President on John Adams’ ticket).
12/08/1796. He accepts Pinckney’s congratulations for his own diplomatic advancementA decade after his important contribution as a nineteen-year-old Major General in the American Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette became a pivotal player in the democratic uprising in his native France - the French Revolution. With the fall of the Bastille in July 1789, Lafayette was chosen to head the newly-formed Paris citizen’s militia.  This he subsequently converted into the Paris National Guard which he commanded until October of 1791. As the Revolution gained momentum, Lafayette found it increasingly difficult to maintain order and protect the royal family. Lafayette’s affairs reached a crisis in August 1792 after the deposition of King Louis XVI, when the Legislative Assembly passed a decree of impeachment against him. At the time, Lafayette was serving with the Army on the northern French border in the newly-declared war against the Coalition (Prussia and Austria). Unable to get the support of his troops, Lafayette fled on August 19, 1792 with hopes of returning to America. When he tried to pass through Austrian-controlled territory on his way to a Dutch port, he was quickly challenged.  Although Lafayette insisted that he was no longer a French general, but an American citizen - he had been given citizenship by several states after the American Revolution - the Austrian and Prussian rulers were unsympathetic and took him captive.  They were fighting their own wars against this idea of democracy of which Lafayette himself was a major proponent.  Imprisoned first in a Pr … [Click Below for Full Description]
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