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Ko´sciuszko, Tadeusz (1746-1817) to Mary Walton Morris

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01767 Author/Creator: Ko´sciuszko, Tadeusz (1746-1817) Place Written: Newport, Rhode Island Type: Letter signed Date: 4 April 1784 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 24.8 x 19.2 cm.

Written by Kosciuszko, the great Polish hero of the American Revolution to the wife of Declaration of Independence signer, Lewis Morris. Letter of introduction for a Mr. Bernard, saying he was of high character and discerning judgment. Playfully tells her he will quarrel with her for not writing him. Says General and Mrs. Greene send their compliments to the entire Morris family. Humorously adds "give a K___ to your husband for me."

Kosciuszko was breveted Brigadier General in October 1783. He left America in July 1784 and returned to Poland by way of Paris.

New Port. 4th April
Madam
Give me Leave to recommend to your notice Mr: Bernard a Gentilman of my acquientence it is usless to bestow any aplause of his Character, as your discerning judgement Can form the opinion, after first vue of him -
I ought to quarell with you and with good raison had I had any inclination I was inexpectation all this time of recieving a Letter from you - and I find myself at Last unmercifuly desapointed - is it Friendship - Mere words trown at random to four Corners [2] of the Globe.
Pardon me if the aplication will sound too harsh in your delicate ears - Accostumed as your sex are to be adored - the truth in its nacked state, and [inserted: not] warnished with any subtilities of flatery are apt to be desagreable. General and Mrs Greene presents their Compliments to your whole family - tho happiness attend you all who is friend to me but not in words if you please - I wish to see you dressd and in the assembly room and with your stay finished your most appear as angel - give a Ks - to your husband from me and believe me to be your Sincerely
Thuds Kosciuszko

[address leaf]
To Mrs Lewis Morris
favd
by Mr: Bernard. New York

[docket]
from
genl Kosciuszko
April 4th 84

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