I’ve been bored today, so I’ve decided to surf the web and do some research. I’m seeking out information on Thomas Jefferson’s 1784 stop in Boston before heading to Europe. He boarded the Newburyport vessel the “Ceres” on July 5 to begin his voyage to France.
It is known that he traveled north to New Hampshire and likely Vermont before his July 5th departure, as well as to several other Massachusetts towns. His purpose, he stated, was to research trade practices in the North East. It is also known that he was welcomed with open arms by New Englanders, especially by the Press, and by the Massachusetts legislature where he was given an honorary seat. (So we know one building he likely visited in Boston was the Old State House).
My hopes is to find how he celebrated the 4th of July in Boston. Without actually going and digging through archival letters of people who were in Boston at the time I can only find trivial things about his visit: such as the fact that he sold one of his horses and some personal belongings (supposedly a travel desk) before boarding the Ceres).
I’ve read in some books without citations that he left Boston to cheers from Faneuil Hall on the 4th where his Declaration of Independence was read. I cannot, however, find it proven anywhere that he himself attended the reading of the Declaration. All I know is that a reading occurred at the hall at the time that Jefferson was in town.
My hope is to find information on his Fourth of July. Specifically I would like to prove that he attended an even at Faneuil, because that is one of the buildings that still exists in Boston. Marking it as a Jefferson visit site would be something cool to know, seeing as I’ve been there hundreds of times in my life.
On a side note I’m also trying to find out if Jefferson visited my hometown of Beverly, MA. We know he was in Salem and Ipswich during his visit. Both are close towns to Beverly. I’m curious as to whether Jefferson traveled through Beverly or even possibly stopped here for a visit.
I don’t have the book with me, but I’m pretty sure this is touched on (I want to say) in The Paris Years of Thomas Jefferson, and that he meets Abigail Adams in Boston before sailing the ocean. I restrain from saying more without my books, but if you have more questions let me know and I’ll try to answer them.