“Ladies and little girls showed up with their arms absolutely full of roses to bestow on the Nation’s Guest,” the major went on. “Then, when the procession with the man himself arrived, there was such a frenzy as I have never heard or seen in my entire life!”
“Was the procession just the General and his entourage?” Prissy asked.
“Oh, no, ma’am, ’twas far grander a spectacle than that!”
We all listened spellbound as the major told of Lafayette arriving in a barouche drawn by six white horses, followed by a stagecoach carrying his son, George Washington Lafayette, his secretary, Mr. Levasseur, and Amos Parker.
Major Weeks added, rather indignantly, “Not quite sure how Amos rated such a distinction, but there he was, big as life. Then came a musical band, with fifes and drums and clarinets. Marching behind them were twenty companies of New Hampshire militia. Twenty! It was quite a sight, I tell you.”
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