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APPENDIX—-To Gales - & Sealoris Register.
18th Congress, (
2d Session. <
Besolutions of Indiana in relation to Lafayette.
[H. of R.
Of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana,
in reference to General Lafayette.—February
The Committee, to whom was referred a Joint Reso-
lution of the General Assembly, directing them to take
into consideration tlie propriety of the General Assem-
bly's expressing their.sentiments in reference to Gene-
ral Lafayette, respectfully report the following pream-
ble and resolutions •
The Senate and House of Representatives of the State
of Indiana, in General Assembly convened, would be de-
ficient in respect to the feelings of their constituents,
and unmindful of their obligations to a distinguished be-
nafactor, did they fail to join the pasan of National gra-
titude, and unanimous welcome to Major General La-
fayette, on the occasion of his late arrival in the United
States. It is scarcely necessary for them to say, that
they unanimously accord with the sentiments expressed
towards their illustrious friend, by the Chief Magistrate
of the Union, and cordially add their sanction to the pro-
vision in his favor recently enacted by Congress. The
latter, they view as the smallest return for his pre-emi-
jient services and sacrifices the American People could
make, or the National Guest receive. It is the dignity
of a spectacle, unparalleled in the history of man, which
they peculiarly feel and admire.
Ten millions of hearts, spontaneously offering the ho-
mage of their gratitude to a private individual, unsup-
ported by rank or power, for services long past, of the
purest and most exalted character; whilst they furnish
consoling evidence that Republics are not ungrateful,
also carry with them the delightful conviction that the
sons of America have not degenerated from their fathers
of the Revolution.
In pausing to contemplate, with appropriate feelings,
this sublime example of popular gratitude, united with
reverence for character and principles, the General As-
sembly learn, with peculiar satisfaction, that it is the in-
tention of General Lafayette to visit the western section
of the United States. The felicity denied, by a myste-
rious Providence, to the father of his country, has, it is
hoped, been reserved for his adopted son. What the
immortal Washington was permitted to see only through
the dark vista of futurity, will be realized in the fullness
of vision, by his associate in arms and glory.
The General Assembly hail, with inexpressible plea-
sure, the prospect of this auspicious visit. They cannot,
they are aware, receive their Benefactor in the costly
abodes of magnificence and taste, nor vie with their sis-
ter states, in the embellishments of a hospitality more
brilliant than it is theirs to offer, but not more sincere.
But they can, and do, in common with the whole
American people, welcome him to a home in their
hearts. They feel persuaded that he will take a deep
interest in this part of our country, which, though not
the actual theatre of his generous labor, has emphati-
cally grown out of the glorious results of his Revolotion-
ary services. On the west of the Alleghany Mountains, our
illustrious guest will behold extensive communities of
freemen, which, within the period of his own recollec-
tion, have been substituted for a trackless wilderness,
where forty years ago primeval barbarism held undis-
puted sway over man and nature, civilization, liberty,
and law, wield the mild sceptre of equal rights. It is
here that our illustrious friend will find his name, his
services, and, we trust, his principles, flourishing in pe-
rennial verdure. Here, too, may he enjoy the exulting
prospects of seeing them, in the language of a favorite
son of the West, " transmitted, with unabated vigor,
down, the tide of time to the countless millions of pos-
In accordance with the preceding sentiments, the Ge-
neral Assembly adopt the following resolutions :
Resolved, That this General Assembly, in common with
their fellow citizens of this state and union, entertain
the highest admiration for the character, and the most
heart-felt gratitude for the services of Major General
Lafayette, and most cordially approve of every testimo-
nial of kindness and affection he has received from the
People, and Government of the United States.
Uesolved, That, in the opinion of this General Assem-
bly, it would afford the highest gratification to the citi-
zens of Indiana, to receive a visit from their revered and
beloved benefactor, the only surviving General of the
American Revolution, and that the Governor of this state
be requested, without delay, to transmit to General La-
fayette, this and the preceding resolution and preamble,
accompanied by an invitation to visit this state at the
seat of Government, or such town on the Ohio river, as
the General may designate.
Uesolved, That the Governor of this state, together
with such officers and citizens as may find it convenient,
attend at the point selected by General Lafayette, to
receive him with the honor due to to the illustrious
guest of the state and nation, and that the Governor
draw on the contingent fund for the payment of all ex-
penses incurred in executing these resolutions.
.Resolved, That the Governor be requested to trans-
mit a copy of the foregoing preamble and resolutions to
the President of the United States, and to each of our
Senators and Representatives in Congress.
S. C. STEVENS,
Speaker of the House o f Representatives.
JAMES B. RAY,
President of the Senate, pro tem.
Approved, 28th January, 1825.
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