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the ff lory thereof . And while you , Gentlemen of the Committee , indulge with your fellow-citizens of the city of New York in demonstrations of ioy and effusions of hilarity worthy
the occasion , the wonderful growth of the state whose capital you represent , within the lapse of half a century , cannot fail to convince you that the indulgence of enthusiastic views of the future must be stamped with any epithet other than visionary .
* ' 1 thank you , Gentlemen , with much sincerity , for the kind invitation with which you have honoured me , to assist in your demonstrations of respect for the day , and all who honour it ; and , in default of my
personal attendance , give me leave to propose as a sentiment for the occasion—Long and lasting prosperity to the City and State of New York . 4 t I am , Gentlemen , with my best wishes for you individually , your very obedient servant " , JOHN ADAMS . "
Mr . Jefferson's Answer * " To the Committee of Arrangements of the Corporation of the City of New York . " Monticello , June 8 , 1826 . " I have to acknowledge ,
Gentlemen , the honour of your letter of the 30 th of the last month , inviting me , in the name of the Corporation of the city of New York , to a participation with tliem , in the festivities with which they propose to celebrate the approaching Anniversary of our Independence . The few surviving * signers of the memorable instrument which
announced to the world the entrance of their country into the great family of nations , owe , indeed , peculiar thanks to Providence for the preservation of their lives until they shall have seen
the fiftieth return of that auspicious day ; a favour so much the more gratifying , as it has enabled them by its blessed effects to witness the wisdom ° f the choice then made between
submission and resistance . Although age and the infirmities attending it forbid acceptance of the kind invitation of l "e Corporation to participate with l |* ein personally in the rejoicings of Jhe day , I shall not be the less united
sympathies with their and the other numerous assemblies of our citizens convened on the welcome occasion .
for the exchange of mutual congratulations " I . cannot sufficiently express the gratifications I receive from your indulgent notices of such services as I have been able to render to the most holy of all causes .
" With my thanks for the kindness of these views of them , be pleased to accept for yourselves and the much-respected Corporation of the city of New York , the assurance of my high consideration . ( Signed ) " THOMAS JEFFERSON . "
Mr . Carroil ' s Answer . " Doughoragen Manor , €€ Gentlemen , June 6 . " I was lately honoured with your letter of the 30 th past , inviting me , in the name of the citizens of New York , to attend their solemn Celebration of
our Independence . I decline the invitation . The fatigue of such a journey at my advanced age , and in this sultry season , discourages me from the attempt . Though absent , I shall
partake of your festivity , impressed with the gratitude that 1 shall not be forgotten amidst the rejoicings of the day . Accept , Gentlemen , the thanks and respects of your obedient , humble servant ,
" CHARLES CARROLL , " Of Carrollton . "To Jacob B . Taylor , R . Riker , Henry Arcularius , John Yates Cebra , and Stuart F . Randolph , Committee of Arrangements . "
Jefferson and Adams . 647
Funeral Obsequies . New York , July 13 . Yesterday was the day set apart by the municipal authorities of our city for the celebration of the funeral obsequies to the memory of Jeflfecson and Adams , and notwithstanding the
recent jubilee and the peculiar character of a busy commercial city , we could observe in every direction those unfeigned demonstrations of regret which such a melancholy occasion rightfully called forth . ( Here follows a minute description of the ceremonies observed on thi 3 solemn
occasion . ) Thus we celebrated the 12 th of July , 1826 , a day set apart by the city of New York for performing the funeral obsequies to the memory of an event that is unparalleled in the
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1826, page 647, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2554/page/11/