Clarkson on Lafayette and the Revolutionary War

January 2, 1846

A letter from Thomas Clarkson, addressed to “Dear Madam”, includes references to his dear friend, General Lafayette:  “.. I was with the General often, and corresponded with him after his coming out of his dungeon at Olmuz…..He was decidedly as uncompromising as any on the subjects of slave-trade and slavery….He freed all of his slaves in French Cayenne, who had come to him by inheritance, in 1758 ……He has said frequently,  ‘I would never have drawn my sword in the cause of America, if I could have conceived that thereby I was founding a land of slavery.'”