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David Newhall (1803-1809) Political observatory. [Vol. 1 no. 36 (July 21, 1804)]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03125 Author/Creator: David Newhall (1803-1809) Place Written: Walpole, New Hampshire Type: Newspaper Date: 21 July 1804 Pagination: 4 p. ; 49 x 31.5 cm

Summary of Content: Front page prints acts approved by President Thomas Jefferson, also endorsed by Speaker of the House of Representatives Nathaniel Macon and pro tempore President of the Senate Jesse Franklin. Includes an account of the 11 July 1804 duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton on page 2. A patriotic song for the 4th of July is printed on page 4. Other articles detail local, international, political, court, and ship news, advertisements, and public announcements.

Full Transcript: [excerpt]
…[2]…Celebration
Of the 4th of July at Salisbury, [N.H.]

The day, which gave birth to our Independence, and which on every anniversary cannot fail to inspire the heart ...of the true Republican with sincere gratitude to the Ruler of the Universe, was ushered in with a feu de joi of seventeen guns. About ten o'clock in the morning, Capt. Fifield, at the head of a respectable number of the Cavalry in complete uniform, appeared on the parade at the Center Road, where he was met by Capt. Bean with a selection of the Infantry. The citizens of Salisbury and a number of gentlemen from Boscawen and Andover assembled on the parade. The morning was fine-every countenance was animated with lively joy and every heart seemed to say, blessings on the heroes who conceived the idea of Independence...[after the parade] one hundred and twenty gentlemen partook of a plain Republican dinner, prepared by Mr. Anthony Whitmore. The greatest order and decorum prevailed thro' the day. After dinner the following toasts were made over a glass of wine.
1. The 4th of July 1776 - the birth day of freedom and the jubilee of America.
2. The United States of America - an example of equity, justice, moderation and magnanimity to the Nations of the earth.
3. The President - may he discharge the important duties of his high office with honor to himself and for the greatest good of the Union.
4. Union - the pole star of our political existence.
5. The four cardinal virtues - Justice, Temperance, Prudence, Fortitude, essential to the existence of a Republic.
6. The independent farmers of the United States - the firmest props of a Republican Government.
7. Louisiana - may our Brethren of that section of America participate the blessings of national liberty, freedom, and independence.
8. The free navigation of the Mississippi - a highway to market to our western farmers.
9. The political ship of the Union - an expert seaman at helm, brave hands on board, sails hoisted, a prosperous gale.
10. The State of Newhampshire - may her different sentiments in politics concentrate in true republicanism.
11. The governor of Newhampshire - may he leave the governmental chair with honor.
12. The Legislature of Newhampshire - May wisdom, integrity, and sound policydirect all their proceedings.
13. The Militia - prompt to defend their country.
14. The Arts and Sciences - May they be liberally encouraged and supported in the United States.
15. The Clergy - may they be prosper in preaching the Gospel and teaching morality.
16. The American Fair - Chaste in sentiment - the brightest jewels in the Columbian Cabinet.
17. May true happiness and genuine liberty be enjoyed by all nations on the earth.
A discharge of musquetry, and the good old tune of Yankee Doodle served to encrease the hilarity of the scene…
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People: Newhall, David, fl. 1803-1809
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804
Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836
Macon, Nathaniel, 1758-1837

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Fourth of JulyHolidays and CelebrationsDuelLawGovernment and CivicsPresidentArt, Music, Theater, and FilmPatriotismPolitics

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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