Famous Americans of Recent Times eBook

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1.  Their Excellencies the General and Governor, with their Suites, on Horseback.

2.  The Lieutenant-Governor, and the Members of the Council, for the Temporary Government of the Southern District, four a-breast.

3.  Major General Knox, and the Officers of the Army, eight a-breast.

4.  Citizens on Horseback, eight a-breast.

5.  The Speaker of the Assembly, and Citizens, on Foot, eight a-breast.

Their Excellencies the Governor and Commander in Chief were escorted by a Body of West-Chester Light Horse, under the command of Captain Delavan.

The Procession proceeded down Queen Street [now Pearl], and through the Broadway, to Cape’s Tavern.

The Governor gave a public Dinner at Fraunces’s Tavern; at which the Commander in Chief and other General Officers were present.

After Dinner, the following Toasts were drank by the Company: 

1.  The United States of America.

2.  His most Christian Majesty.

3.  The United Netherlands.

4.  The king of Sweden.

5.  The American Army.

6.  The Fleet and Armies of France, which have served in America.

7.  The Memory of those Heroes who have fallen for our Freedom.

8.  May our Country be grateful to her military children.

9.  May Justice support what Courage has gained.

10.  The Vindicators of the Rights of Mankind in every Quarter of the Globe.

11.  May America be an Asylum to the persecuted of the Earth.

12.  May a close Union of the States guard the Temple they have erected to Liberty.

13.  May the Remembrance of THIS DAY be a Lesson to Princes.

The arrangement and whole conduct of this march, with the tranquillity which succeeded it, through the day and night, was admirable! and the grateful citizens will ever feel the most affectionate impressions, from that elegant and efficient disposition which prevailed through the whole event.

Such was the journalism of that primitive day.  The sedate Rivington, for so many years the Tory organ, was in no humor, we may suppose, to chronicle the minor events of the occasion, even if he had not considered them beneath the dignity of his vocation.  He says nothing of the valiant matron in Chatham Row who, in the impatience of her patriotism, hoisted the American flag over her door two hours before the stipulated moment, noon, and defended it against a British provost officer with her broomstick.  Nor does he allude to the great scene at the principal flag-staff, which the retiring garrison had plentifully greased, and from which they had removed the blocks and halyards, in order to retard the hoisting of the stars and stripes.  He does not tell us how a sailor-boy, with a line around his waist and a pocket full of spikes, hammered his way to the top of the staff, and restored the tackling by which the flag was flung to the breeze before the barges containing the British rear-guard had reached the fleet.  It was a sad day for Mr. Rivington, and he may be excused for not dwelling upon its incidents longer than stern duty demanded.

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