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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Lafayette's visit to Medford. (search)
bass drum3.12 Joseph Swan cash pd. for oil etc. & for flags33.48 —— $50.47 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 to New Hampshire, Peter C. Brooks and Ignatius Sargent, Boston citizens, the former also of Medford, accompanied him as aides. The next year Lafayette returned to this region to lay the corner stone of Bunker Hill Monument, June 17, 1825, the fiftieth anniversary of the battle in Charlestown. Of this memorable occasion we will only mention such items as concern our town's connection with it. Sixteen military companies did escort duty that day and Medford's company was of the number, a fact to be proud of. Boston and five towns beside