Oscar de Lafayette
Sir: I hope you will excuse me for addressing you this little note; but you will certainly think it natural that a member of the Lafayette family should wish to join the citizens of the United States in their mourning. At the time the odious crime was committed I was absent from Paris, and was sick; so it was impossible to unite with some of my countrymen in their public expressions of sorrow for the death of the eminent American statesman.
I now express all my regrets, and ask you to accept my personal esteem.
Your obedient servant,
The U. S. Minister, in Paris.