Visit of Lafayette
Perhaps during the whole stretch of the nineteenth century the Schuyler mansion was never more highly honored than by the
visit of the Marquis de Lafayette, the friend of Washington, the one Frenchman who made the greatest sacrifices for
American liberty. On his last visit here, in 1824, he was voted the nation's guest, and was everywhere lionized and feted as
no foreigner since has been. Though it was quite out of his way, he could not resist turning aside to visit the old Saratoga
home of General Schuyler, whom he had greatly loved, and the scene of the humiliation of one proud army of France's
Such details of this interesting visit as have been preserved we here give verbatim from a manuscript in possession of Miss
Fanny Schuyler of Pelham-on-Sound, N. Y., a daughter of Philip Schuyler, 2nd.
"The general came in the coach-and-four which my father had sent to convey him from the town beyond. His son, who was
with him, had a round face and wore gold spectacles. His secretary and another gentleman filled a second carriage. Lafayette
received the villagers, who had assembled on the lawn in front of the house, with very courteous bows, and spoke some
"Being greatly fatigued from his journey, Lafayette was shown into the guest chamber (on the southeast corner, first floor)
where, having stretched himself on the bed, he slept for several hours. After a collation was served, and before his departure,
he stepped to the sideboard, and while resting one arm on its polished surface, with the other poured a glass of Madeira,
which he drank to the health of 'the four generations of Schuylers he had known'-the fourth generation was represented by
his host's three little daughters (Ruth, Elizabeth and Grace). Just as he was about to depart, Lafayette lifted little Grace
Schuyler up in his arms and kissed her. Afterwards, being asked how she liked General Lafayette, she said: "I don't like that
man, 'his face pricked me.'"
Brandow, John Henry. The story of old Saratoga and history of Schuylerville. Albany, N.Y. : Brandow Print. Co.
Please note: We are contiuing research regarding Lafayette's crossing. We know he was in the area but want to be certain that he crossed
the Park during his travels either to or from Ft. Ticonderoga.
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