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This letter to Francis Huger regards Lafayette's tour of the United States. Huger was the son of Isaac Huger, befriended by Lafayette during the American Revolution. Here Lafayette writes about his progress towards South Carolina on the tour.
My Dear Huger We are so far progressed on our way to you when amidst the kindness which it is our Happy for to enjoy, we anticipate a consolation to our late sorrows by mingling them with these in which we have more deeply participated. Mrs Hayne Hamilton and [?] Have [?] me to inform you of our line of route. Pulled as I have been between the anniversary of Washington’s birth day and that of Bunker Hill, which I am the more bound to attend as the compliment paid to me is in my person confered [sic] upon the Revolutionary army, I Had no other way to visit the southern and western states, but to make it a very rapid tour. Contingencies may be anticipated, and actual calculations show that unless I gain a few days it will become impossible to comply with the initiative of the assembly and executive of the state of New York to when along the Canal to albany [sic] and through Vermont to Boston , a part of country. Which the obligation to embark for France somewhat sooner than we had intended would otherwise render it very difficult to visit. Under these circumstances I write to the intendant [sic] of Camden that we expect to be there on the 9h instead of the 8h and will be ready to attend his arrangement on the 8’ observing However that if they had been fixed for the 9th so as to make the alternative inconvenient to the citizens of Camden or the persons who are to be present, I shall conform to his wishes. The same observations I will make to you, my dear friend; it has been calculated we should be at Charleston the 13’ and Savannah the 18h. But if by a better calculations of the route, or acceleration of the mark you may forward as so as to make it possible to take our tour from pitsburg [sic] to albany [sic], it will enable me to perform a very pleasant and almost indispensable piece of duty which, if remaining to be done would leave me with a remorse or greatly retard our reunion with the two united family which the loss of dear Mde de Tracy more justly desolated. Remember me to my old friends Pinckneys if you are with them. Most affectionately your friend Lafayette My companions beg to be remembered to you.
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Lafayette, Marquis de Lafayette, Hayne Hamilton, Bunker Hill, American Revolution, Washington, Farewell Tour, 02 March 1825, 1825, South Carolina
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Lafayette, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, "Marquis de Lafayette letter to Francis Huger regarding the former's tour of the U.S. 1825." (1825). Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Manuscript and Ephemera Collection. 170.
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