[p. 7] Charlestown Navy Yard, on the day before he came to Medford:
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 ours were represented by their citizen soldiery.
Our neighbor, Col.
He agrees entirely with those enlightened politicians of our country, who have always considered a naval force of great advantage to America, if not absolutely 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 reception||6.87|
|James Hyde decoration of street||2.00|
|James W. Brooks for horse and chaise to Lexington for bass drum||3.12|
|Joseph Swan cash pd. for oil etc. & for flags||33.48|