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Fourths Of Long Ago

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The files of old eastern newspapers contain descriptions of striking celebrations and queer eveuts which have occurred ou the natal day of the nation. ïhe following, taken from the yellow and musty files, were reproduced in the Boston Globe, in the lauguage of those who witnessed the scènes and incidents : July 4, 1777, was notioed by eveiy mark of joy. In the forenoon the Rev Dr. Gordon of Roxbury, at the desire of the assembly, sitting here, preachec au excellent discourse from I Kings xii, 15, after which the general court having given previous orders f or making every preparation f or drinking success to the 13 United States, sent an invitation to General Heath and the officers of the Continental army and navy, and niany other gentlemen. While "The Congress' and other toasts were drank the guns on Fort Hill, Castle Island, Huil and the vessels of war in the harbor fired a grand salute. July 4, 1795, th ere was great excitement in Boston. The Jay treaty of amity, commerce and navigation between the United States and Great Britain had jast been concluded. The people of Boston believed that our rights would be surrendered if the treaty were ratified. Petitions for mass meetings to denounce the action of Mr. Jay were being circulated on the streets during the celebration. July 4, 1801, was a time particular ly calculated to excite the most intense patriotic memories aud emotions. The informal but vigorous war with France had scarcely ceased. The young republic's merchant mai-ine was betrvveen the fires of what has been of late termed French "spoliation, " and British aggression and confiscation of ships and imprisonment of seamen. Then, too, the Mediterranean piratea were to be attended to, and the preparation of a fleet f or the purpose of bringing the ' ' Barbary rovers" to task occupied attention. All the bells were rang, flags displayed, salutes fired by the artilleiy, by the Gonstitution and Boston frigates, Fort Independence and by the French corvet Berceau, which last was fancifully decorated with colors. The cadete, nnder Colonel Welles, as usual, did the escort duties of the day. The fusiliers, under Captain Brazer, paraded, performed a variety of evolutions and firings with intelïigence and exactness and dined together at Dorchester. July 4, 1806, there was a man and bear fight on the Comrnon. The reporters of the day failed to record the nuinber of rounds or the winner. July 4, 1810, the tojvn furnished four hogsheads of punch, free to all. July 4, 1822, from dawn till nearly midnight was a jubilee, and the entire population of the city, "ciad in their best attire, ' ' were in the. streets or on the Cominon, visiting the various decorated halls or witnessing the prrade of military corps of horse and foot, and numerous processions, and no scène of tumult or indecorum was anywhere to be seen. His exc-i!w:::v the govemor held the usual lev e in the eeuate chamber. Among tl se who called to pay their respects we. - 1 Lie consul of the king of France, John Jacob Astor of New York, Chief Justice Parker, Rev. President Kirkland of Harvard university, the Society of Cincinnati in a body (about 20 of thé remnant of the Massachusetts line of the Revolutionary amiy were present on the occasion), Brigadier General Sullivan and the officers of the Third brigade, First división (the officers were in very neat and mostly in new and rich uniforms and were upward of 100 in nuniber)i members of the senate and house, rnayor, aldermen, clergyinen and the officiaLs of the Mechanic Charitable society. The Society of the Cincinnati held their annual meeting at the Exehauge Coffee house, and 24 gray haired veterans of the Revolution and their sous sat down to the dinner. The president of the society read :i letter from the Marquis Lafayette, and a toast was drank to the health of the Frenchman. July 4, 182G, the fiftieth ajiuiversary, The Centinel appeared in i:ionrning and priuted fchifi note: "Au extraordinary occïirrence makes it a duty to give our columns the respectful garb of mourning, although they are devoted to the records of the most festivo celebración of crarcountry'8 independence sinee the interestiiig era of 1776. Near the close of the celebra tion today the venerable John Adams, the senior siu-viving signer of the immortaJ Decliiration, and one of the conunittee which reported it, amid the áspirations of millions in gratefnl memorial of bis services and thanksgiving for the long C(5utinuance of his patriarcal life, was feremslated from this to a better world. For many, many years he had been the sui-viving father of his conntry, and having on the decease of his great predecessor clothed oirr journal in weeds of mouming no consideration can induce ns to omit the same prompt and respectful honors to the memory of his early aesociate and constant friend. " Meanwhile, but unkuown in Boston on the day of the celebration, Thomas Jefferson, another ex-president of the United States and another signer of the Declaration of Indepeudence, had died at Monticello. The fact was not published in the newspapers iñ Boston xuitil Jtdy 12. July 4, 1881, died aaother ex-president of the United States, James Monroe. His death, however, did not interfere with the celebration. for it was not known in Boston until the arrivalof the Btoamboat midi at noon ca July . Jn'.y 4, 18S8, lat feast parle fcr by tho stïlc. I


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