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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Lafayette's visit to Medford. (search)
l, then a child six years of age, well remembered the grand occasion, and of shaking hands with his father's guest. John Brooks, of course, was present, and the time of the event we may be able to fix, for the conversation turned on the subject of the ability of being able to assemble the militia at short notice. Brooks wanted to show Lafayette how quickly he could muster thousands of fighting men in about four days. This was the time my informant said he thought was mentioned. On Monday, August 30, a grand review of the militia was held on Boston Common at the instance of Governor Eustis, and Brooks, knowing what was being prepared for the entertainment of the general, naturally had great interest in the coming spectacle, and led the conversation to the subject. This military show, an assembling of six thousand troops, was considered a very fine affair, and was a source of pride to Massachusetts. Mr. Hall's dinner party may have occurred on Saturday, August 28, the same da