reat cordiality, and expressed their gratitude and joy on beholding the man, who they had learned, had done so much for their beloved country; and who was the reputed friend of one among them, whom they always delighted to honor.
A company of artillery fired a salute, as he entered the village; and several arches were thrown across the street, decorated with flags, and wreaths of flowers and evergreens.
Under one of them he was met by the selectmen, one of whom thus addressed him—
General La Fayette,
The selectmen of Medford, as the representatives of the town, deem it a grateful and honorable part of their duty to bid you welcome.
They are proud, sir, that Medford is the birthplace of one of your companions in arms,—a man, who, by his bravery in the field, his patriotism and civic virtues, contributed to acquire as much glory to our country, as honor to himself.
We rejoice, sir, that you both live to meet again, and to enjoy together the consolations fairly derived from yo