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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Lafayette's visit to Medford. (search)
s to our country when she threw off the yoke of allegiance to the mother country, and for his unswerving loyalty to the principles of liberty. Showered with attentions and invitations from every quarter, with so many towns and private individuals desirous of doing him honor, it was only due to one fact that Medford, so small a place, and so near the scene of the grand celebration in Boston, should have had the opportunity of welcoming him in her own precincts. It must be remembered that Plymouth, much as she coveted the distinction of a visit from the hero, believing that Plymouth Rock, the stepping-stone to liberty, would draw there one so devoted to the cause of freedom, was doomed to disappointment. Medford was very fortunate at that time in having among her citizens one who was preeminently popular and widely known—John Brooks, the beloved physician, who had just completed eight years of service to Massachusetts as her chief executive, and who was well fitted to receive the