N the year 1816, General Brooks
having been declared governor by the two branches of the Legislature, I was invited out to breakfast with him at Medford
on the day fixed for his inauguration.
and one or two others were present.
I shall never forget the day, which was one of the pleasantest in June.
There was a cavalcade formed in Boston
, which proceeded to Medford
, under the command of General Sullivan
, to escort the popular governor into Boston
to the State House
, where he was to take the oath of office.
The inhabitants of Medford
, being desirous of rendering all honor to their beloved townsman, had watered their streets, that there might be no dust, and crowded the windows and tops of the houses to see the cavalcade.
They had previously appointed peace officers to serve on the occasion, who stopped all carriages at the ends of the various streets that entered the village, so that the procession should be uninterrupted.
It was understood that the escort would arrive at Medford
at nine o'clock. We sat down to breakfast at eight.
While at our meal General Brooks
saw through the window a tall old gentleman, dressed in his Sunday clothes, with a cocked hat and a long cane.
He said to Colonel Hall
: ‘Pray look out at the door and see if that is not Captain Bancroft
who is passing by. I think it is, and that he is come down to witness the ceremonies of this occasion, and is going by my house, being too modest to present himself.
Pray go out and ask him in.’
He was right in his conjecture, and Colonel Bancroft
(for, after he was discharged from the army, he took command of a regiment of militia, which he held a long time) modestly entered the side door.
This was the distinguished officer who commanded a company in the Eighth Regiment, under the command of Colonel Brooks
, in the battle of Bemis' Heights
, between the armies of Generals Gates
, during the Revolutionary War
, on the 7th of October, 1777.
After the usual salutations between these two officers, who had so much distinguished themselves on that occasion, General Brooks