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General Lafayette’s Tour of the United States

Identifier: SC MS 0124

Scope and Contents

The scrapbook is one volume of newspaper articles glued down on to rough, stained paper pages. It begins with Lafayette’s departure from Le Harve, France in summer 1824 and ends in October 1824 with his arrival in Norfolk, Virginia.


  • Creation: August-October 1824


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

John Allan (1779-1834) was born in Ayrshire, Scotland. He immigrated to the United States in 1795 and settled in Richmond, Virginia. He entered a partnership in a mercantile business with his uncle, William Galt. John Allan and his first wife, Francis Valentine, had no children but when the parents of Edgar Allan Poe died, he became the foster father of Edgar Allan Poe as a result of his wife’s kind heart to care for the orphaned Poe. At the death of Mr. Galt, John Allan became a wealthy man and a prominent citizen of Richmond. Apparently he served on the city’s welcoming committee for Lafayette’s visit which motivated the interest in collecting newspaper articles about how other cities greeted Lafayette and his party and assembled this scrapbook. Edgar Allan Poe, at age 15, became a member of a military unit called the Junior Morgan Riflemen Volunteers which was organized as a guard of honor for General Lafayette’s visit to Richmond.

The Marquis de Lafayette, a general in the Revolutionary War, was invited by President James Monroe to visit the United States in 1824 as a guest of the United States in gratitude for his service in the American War for Independence. General Lafayette, along with his son and several other companions visited from 1824 to 1825 visiting all 24 states during the visit.

On the hand lettered title page is inscribed in black ink the name John B. Moreau, 14 Second St., N.Y. Moreau was a prominent New York antiquarian and member of the New York Historical Society. He was reputed to have a fine book collection and it is very possible that Lehigh’s Special Collections copy of this scrapbook created by John Allan was once part of this collection.


1 volume ; 26 x 21 cm.

Language of Materials



This scrapbook contains newspaper clippings from the arrival of the Marquis de Lafayette in August 1884 at New York to his visit to Norfolk, Virginia in October 1824. Among the newspaper articles are five engravings depicting General Lafayette.


The material is arranged chronologically.

Other Finding Aids

There is a former catalog entry SC MS 124, 921 L131AL

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Lehigh University Library acquired this item June 1, 1888.


No additions anticipated.

Related Materials

Benson, John Lossing. 1886. In Memory of John B. Moreau, Proceedings of the New York Historical Society.

Hoskins, Janina W. 1983. Lafayette in America. Library of Congress.

Wilson, James Grant. Memorial history of the city of New York and the Hudson River Valley: from its first settlement to the year 1896. New York History Co., 1892-1896. (974.71 W749m v.4, p. 116)

Physical Description

1 volume ; 26 x 21 cm.

Finding Aid of General Lafayette’s Tour of the United States in 1824; Collected from the various newspaper of that period
William Ying
September 30, 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

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