ORATION ON THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF GILBERT MOTIER DE LAFAYETTE. DELIVERED AT THE REQUEST OF BOTH HOUSES OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES...ON THE 31st OF DECEMBER, 1834.

Washington, DC: Duff Green, 1835. 96pp. Original printed blue front wrapper, rear wrapper lacking. Wrapper worn around the edges, spine partly perished. Foxing. Good. Item #WRCAM55024

Adams' speech honors the memory of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette. Adams provides a review of Lafayette's contributions to American independence and his activities in the decades after the Revolutionary War, particularly his involvement in the French Revolution and various French governments which followed. In this brief biography Adams reflects "upon the life and character of a man whose life was, for nearly threescore years, the history of the civilized world - of a man, of whose character, to say that it is indissolubly identified with the Revolution of our Independence, is little more than to mark the features of his childhood - of a man, the personified image of self-circumscribed liberty." This is one of several editions published in 1835. SABIN 295 (other editions). AMERICAN IMPRINTS 29946. JACKSON, p.208.

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