19 (ablve) and 20 (below)
RECORDS OF CONCORD’S
1835 COMMITTEE OF ARRANGEMENTS
19. Manuscript subscription list, September 7, , for donors contributing to offset expenses beyond the town appropriation for Concord’s 1835 celebration. From the records of the 1835 Committee of Arrangements. Ink on paper.
20. John Quincy Adams. Autograph letter, signed,
September 10, 1835, declining the invitation of Concord’s 1835 Committee
of Arrangements to attend the September 12th celebration. From the records
of the 1835 Committee of Arrangements. Ink on paper.
The surviving records of Concord’s 1835 Committee of Arrangements include the list of subscribers to offset the deficit created by expenditures for the celebration and a file of responses to invitations sent by the committee. John Quincy Adams—a former president of the United States and in 1835 a representative in the United States Congress—wrote on September 10th to express his polite regrets. The number of letters of regret in the file suggest that Concordians took their local celebration considerably more seriously than did those not closely connected with the town.
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