From Levi Lincoln
Feby 25th. 1803
It may be gratifying to learn the temper of friends, in distant parts of the Country. By the enclosed you will perceive one I hope, in which, the spirit of republicanism is about to exhibit, itself, in Massachusetts. Similar preparations, it is said, are making in other parts of that State—Such things have a double effect—to animate on the one hand, on the other, to depress—All my late letters, speak of Government measures, with approbation, & confidence of their success—The lawyers are coming around—the Clergy, becoming mute, and I suspect the Worcester celebration will be without prayers, for the want of a priest to make them
Most respectfully yours,
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “President of US”; endorsed by TJ. Recorded in SJL as received 28 Feb. Enclosure: probably a notice addressed “To All True Republicans and Friends of the Federal Union,” dated 16 Feb., announcing a public celebration to be held in Worcester on 4 Mch. for all “desirous of rejoicing in our glorious return to the first principles of our Revolution, at the commencement of the present Administration”; the event includes a discharge of cannon, a procession to the South Meeting House to hear an address by Levi Lincoln, Jr., “appropriate Music,” and a public dinner; with the request that officers and members of the Worcester Artillery Company join in the celebration “and perform the Military Honors of the day”; tickets are available for $1 through the committee of arrangements, which includes Samuel Flagg, Abraham Lincoln, Francis Blake, and four others (Worcester National Aegis, 16 Feb.; Massachusetts Spy, or Worcester Gazette, 16 Feb.).
worchester celebration: see enclosure described above and Lincoln to TJ, 15 Mch.