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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Lafayette, Marie Jean Paul Roch Yves Gilbert Motier, Marquis de 1757- (search)
from the King to give up his expedition; but he disobeyed, and sailed for America. The women of Paris applauded his heroism; the Queen gave him tokens of her admiration; the people extolled him for his strong enthusiasm in a good cause; and to his young wife, who was about to become a mother a second time, he wrote from the Victory: From love to me, become a good American; the welfare of America is closely bound up with the welfare of mankind. The party landed near Georgetown, S. C., April 19, 1777. They travelled by land to Philadelphia, where Lafayette immediately addressed a letter to Congress, asking leave to serve as a volunteer in the Continental army without pay. In consideration of his zeal and illustrious family and connections, that body gave him the commission of major-general, July 31, and Washington invited him to become a member of his military family. He joined the Continental army near a house on Neshaminy Creek in August. At that time he was less than twenty ye
ness and the oppression of covetousness so general and loud through the land. In the last half of 1777 he was again engaged on the exposition of John. In a sermon (Dec. 15, 1777) he remarks, Where there is prejudice in hearers, the speaker preaches in vain. In this year Mr. Cooke delivered at Lexington, a sermon for a memorial of Lexington Battle, which was printed. The title page is as follows: The violent destroyed: And oppressed delivered.—A Sermon, preached at Lexington, April 19, 1777. For a Memorial of the Bloody Tragedy, barbarously acted by a party of British Troops, in that Town and the Adjacent, April 19, 1775.—By Samuel Cooke, A. M., Pastor of the Second Church in Cambridge.—The Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man. Ps. v. 6. Thus saith the Lord, Let it suffice you, O Princes of Israel, remove violence and spoil, and execute judgment and justice; take away your exactions from my people, saith the Lord God. Ezek. XLV. 9.—Boston: Printed by Draper and