No. 239.
Mr. Pomeroy to Mr. Blaine.

No. 486.]

Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith a communication accompanied by a translation received to-day at this legation from Mr. Senator Edmond de La Fayette, grandson of general the Marquis de La Fayette.

I have, &c.,

[Inclosure in No. 486.]

Mr. de La Fayette to Mr. Pomeroy.


Mr. Minister: It is with the deepest sense of acknowledgment that we have received the letter inviting us in the name of the Government and Congress of the Unite States to be present at the celebration of the centenary of the surrender of Yorktown.

My eldest brother, Oscar de La Fayette, was seriously ill when this letter reached him. He was profoundly moved by it, and the last act of his life was to testify his sincere gratitude to the minister of the United States, the honorable General Noyes.

We are deeply touched by the honor extended to us, and by this new proof of the sympathies ever living in the heart of the American people for the memory of our grandfather.

The glorious anniversary which you are going to celebrate recall at the same time the most beautiful pages of your history and the most beautiful moments of the youth of La Fayette, when on the battle-fields of Virginia he successfully executed the orders of his general-in-chief and paternal friend, your immortal Washington.

Faithful to the memories bred in the worship of your national traditions, the descendants of La Fayette can only heartily thank you for having thought of associating them with the solemnity of the centenary.

It is difficult for us at present to designate those of our family who will go to America. It is even to be feared that some will be detained by imperious political and family duties, but I am confident, Mr. Minister, that we shall find in the young generation youthful and worthy representatives of the sentiments of our grandfather.

Permit us, Mr. Minister, to beg you to be the interpreter to your government, Congress, and to the American people, of our wishes for the prosperity and the granedur of the United States, and at the same time to hope that your country and ours united by the same form of government, in the future as in the present, will perpetuate the memories of friendship that date from Yorktown.

Senator from Upper Loraine.

And in the name of his cousin, Marquis Jules de Lasteyrie, senator, son of Virginia, sister of my father and née de La Fayette, and his entire family.