Lafayette’s Testimonial to James Armistead Lafayette
 
Testimonial 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.
                  Lafayette
Lafayette composed the text of this testimonial in 1784 in gratitude for the services rendered by James Armistead.  In 1824, the Richmond artist, John Blennerhasset Martin, created this broadside, featuring a facsimile of Lafayette's text and a likeness of James Armistead made from an earlier painting by the artist.
 

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