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LAFAYETTE COLLECTION: LETTER #17

To: Benjamin Pierce
From: John Brooks
Date: February 21, 1824
In French

Medford 21 February 1824

Dear Sir,

Your letter dated the 13th of January did not come to hand until the evening of the 17th of the same month. It arrived here by mail while I was attending the meeting of the Standing Committee in Boston that day. It would have been very pleasing to me to have been earlier in possession of Mrs. Ballard's application, as we found the funds sufficient to allow a very respectable dividend among the applicants, leaving a surplus of about $300. At the next meeting of the Committee, which will be I think in early June, her case shall be attended to. A little before that time, however, have the goodness to drop me a line on the subject.
You are I presume pleased with the national compliment to our old friend Lafayette. High as it is, it is richly merited. Should he accept the invitation, we shall give him a soldier's welcome recognizing days of yore. I remain with very affectionate regard, dear sir, your obedient servant

J. Brooks

Honorable Benjamin Pierce
Paris 25 rue (Vineuse)

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