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Brave Men and Women

Brave Men and Women

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Published by: Dharmsen Soni on Jan 26, 2011
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In the midst of his popularity he thought always of America, and often
wished that the cost of the banquets bestowed upon him could be poured
into the treasury of Congress. His favorite project at that time was the
invasion of England--Paul Jones to command the fleet, and he himself the
army. When this scheme was given up, he joined all his influence with that
of Franklin to induce the French Government to send to America a
powerful fleet and a considerable army. When he had secured the promise
of this valuable aid, he returned to America and served again in the armies
of the young republic.

The success of the United States so confirmed him in his attachment to
republican institutions, that he remained their devoted adherent and
advocate as long as he lived.

"May this revolution," said he once to Congress, "serve as a lesson to
oppressors, and as an example to the oppressed."

And, in one of his letters from the United States occurs this sentence: "I
have always thought that a king was at least a useless being; viewed from
this side of the ocean, a king cuts a poor figure indeed."

By the time he had left America, at the close of the war, he had expended in
the service of Congress seven hundred thousand francs--a free gift to the
cause of liberty.

One of the most pleasing circumstances of La Fayette's residence in
America was the affectionate friendship which existed between himself and
General Washington. He looked up to Washington as to a father as well as
a chief; and Washington regarded him with a tenderness truly paternal. La
Fayette named his eldest son George Washington, and never omitted any
opportunity to testify his love and admiration for the illustrious American.
Franklin, too, was much attached to the youthful enthusiast, and privately
wrote to General Washington, asking him, for the sake of the young and
anxious wife of the marquis, not to expose his life except in an important
and decisive engagement.

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