necessary to Independence.
His toast at the military dinner on the Common in Boston was,
The patriotic troops who have paraded this day, they excite the admiration of every beholder, and fill the heart with delight.
The selectmen's records show that no great expense was incurred for the local celebration, and the whole simple story is told in the following:—
Henry Chapman for Ensigns$5.00
Darius Waitt work etc. on reception6.87
James Hyde decoration of street2.00
James W. Brooks for horse and chaise to Lexington for bass drum3.12
Joseph Swan cash pd. for oil etc. & for flags33.48
Could we of today entertain so distinguished a visitor as a French marquis, who had been a great general, with a sum like that?
Yet we may well ask, would our feelings be any more sincere than those of our townsmen in the simple days of old, or could we offer hospitality more gracefully and elegantly, or that would be more acceptable?
When Lafayette made his visit <