Our neighbor, Col. Samuel Jacques of Ten Hills Farm, was chief marshal of the procession, and had Lafayette as his guest.
Lafayette's friends, Brooks and Eustis, with the former of whom he had carried on a correspondence, had both passed on before this time.
The lives of these friends, in point of years, were nearly identical.
John Brooks was born May 31, 1752, and died March I, 1825.
William Eustis was born June 10, 1753, and died February 6, 1825, while Lafayette was born September 6, 1757, and died May 20, 1834.
The first two were physicians, the latter a pupil of Joseph Warren, and each served the state as its chief executive.
The three served in the Revolutionary war, and with such significant incidents what would it not have meant to this trio if they could all have participated in the events of that wonderful day!
We can but think that sad memories came to the survivor, even in the midst of the splendors and exciting interest of the exercises.
Three of Medford