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THEN, A CARGO OF GREAT VALUE
The original Hermione was commanded by Louis-René de Latouche. Some thirteen years older than his precious human cargo, the Marquis de Lafayette, Latouche was conscious of this considerable responsibility, and, like so many others, fell under the young Lafayette’s spell. Getting him safely through, in his words, “un passage agréable” to America was the start of a very distinguished naval career.
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