In 1784, the Marquis de Lafayette wrote out this testimonial for James Armistead Lafayette who had aided the American cause during the Yorktown Campaign of 1781. This broadside, with its illustration by Richmond artist John Blennerhasset Martin, includes the text of Lafayette’s note.

This is to certify that the bearer by the name of James has done essential services to me while I had the honour to command in this state. His intelligences from the enemy’s camp were industriously collected and faithfully delivered. He perfectly acquitted himself with some important commissions I gave him and appears to me entitled to every reward his situation can admit of.

Done under my hand, Richmond,
November 21st, 1784. 

Marquis de Lafayette Collections, Skillman Library, Lafayette College

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