Madame la Marquise has become somewhat calmer. She hopes that Providence will keep him [Lafayette] from all harm. Everybody shares that hope. There is probably not a single man in Paris who would not consider himself happy to make some sacrifice for your nephew. It is very much to his credit that at so tender an age he has earned everyone’s confidence.
Jacques Philippe Grattepain-Morizot (the poor man in charge of Lafayette’s finances) to Mlle du Motier (Lafayette’s aunt), March 25, 1780. The Marquis was headed back to America, this time without disguise–with Paris praying for his safe return and the United States eagerly awaiting his arrival.