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the State, and by the foreign consuls, and escorted by a guard of militia, well equipped and dressed in handsome uniform ; under a loud peal of huzzas from the surrounding crowd: and now a feu de joy was fired by the corps of artillery paraded in Bay-street, opposite to the place of landing. This corps, which served their country with great honor during the late war, made a truly military, and very respectable appearance. They are also militia, composed of the citizens. From the place of landing, the President, now attended by the honorable company by which he was first received, proceeded up to Bay-street, adjoining the wharf ; and thence led a procession formed of the different orders of citizens, whose stations had been previously assigned by lot ; except that of the clergy, to whom the honor was giv. en of walking next after the President and principal officers of government and foreign ministers. The procession moved along Bay-street, till the head of it advanced to the Exchange. Then the President, accompanied by the Governor, and those who immediately followed, including the clergy, ascended the steps of the Exchange, and took bis station on an elevated and spacious platforrn, which belongs to that elegant build. ing. Here another feu de joy was fired by the artille. ry, accompanied by a loud and general huzza, buzza, huzza. Here the rest of the procession passed by, down the same street, and had all an opportunity of seeing and saluting the President, and receiving the honors of bis bows and smiles. And here all the com pany attending around him, had the honor and pleasure of taking him by the hand. After Ibis ceremony, he with his attendants, descended again into the street; and then the procession facing about, the rear became
the front of those who had remained in the street; and in this order they followed bim and the preceding company along Broad-street, as far as to Church-street, and then down Church-street nearly the distance of a square, to the house provided for his accommodation, during his stay in the city ; and there will three more cheers, they left him to repose himself, till the hour of dinner. He dined in a private manner, with the Gov. ernor and a few official gentlemen, and select friends. To-day at 4 o'clock he is to partake of a public dinner at the Exchange, given by the Intendant and Wardens, at the expense of the city. To-morrow, he is to dine with the society of Cincinnati; the next day with the Governor in public ; the next day with Major Butler, one of our Senators in Congress; and the next day with the Chamber of commerce, or merchants of Charleston. Several addresses are to be presented to him, which with his answers, you will no doubt, in due season, see in your papers ; and through the same channel, you will probably be favoured with a much better history of the transactions which I have attempted to detail, than is contained in this hastily and carelessly written letter. Thus has it been done, and thus is it proposed to be done to the man, whom the people of Charleston, with an affection and zeal in which they are not exceeded by any of the citizens of the United States, delight to honor. That the ladies too, may have an opportunity of enjoying the pleasure of his presence among them, of paying their respects, and testifying their love to him, and of displaying all their charms of beauty, dress, and address before him, there is to be a splendid ball in a magnificent apartment of the Exchange, on Wednesday evening; and a grand concert on another evening. The ornaments provided for the embellishment of the lovely persons of many of our fair citizens on these occasions, are, as I am told, extremely rich and superb ; probably in many degrees above the taste of so plain a Virginia planter, as the worthy GEORGE WASHINGTON. There are in particular, many ribbons included among these ornaments, painted with miniature likenesses of the President, or the initials of his name ; and the words, Long live the President : and, He comes, the Hero comes, &c. &c. which, if I mistake not, will appear to his modesty and delicacy more flattering than pleasing. On the whole you may rest assured that no preparations or exertions, which our circumstances will, or will not allow, have been wanting, to render this joyous occasion one of the most brilliant æras, in the history of the splendours and rejoicings of Charleston. But ah! on Monday next, the 9th of May, after a stay of only one short week, the President, who has been the great cause, and the principal lustre of all this bright scene, is to bid us a long farewell, and proceed on his journey to Georgia ; and leave us to proceed in our old walks of business and care, which are now generally relinquished for the more attractive pursuits of amusement, and pleasures of festivity. From Georgia, the Presie dent is to return through the interior country, to his own seat, and finally to your city, I suppose, in the fall. May God protect, and guide, and bless him; till the course of his useful life is finished ; and then add to all the bonors which he has received from his fellow men on earth, the infinitely higher and more lasting honors included in that sentence of the great Judge of all, “ Well done good and faithful servant: Thou
hast been faithful over a few things ; I will make thee ruler over many things ; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
I thought to have finished my epistle here ; but I must go on a litile further, as I have yet taken no notice of your last favour, of the 6th of April. I now thank you for this, as I have heretofore done for all your former epistolary favours. Do not fear that you will ever write too often, or too much at a time. We are never tired, but always much grátified with reading your paternal letters : and it will be our fault, if they are noi useful to us, as they always contain some good advice; and hints for profitable improvement.
Is it not in this month that the General Assembly of your church meets? Is it well attended ; and does it promise to answer the purposes of its institution? I suspect that upon trial, it will be found, that in the formation of that body, and the arrangement of the subordinate synods, the peculiar situation of our country, its extended bounds, &c. have not been duly consulted. Does not the General Assembly appear to be rathertoo few in number, to execute with adequate authority and dignity, all the great business that comes before it; and are not the subordinate synods neglected, as of too little consequence to be attended by any but those who live near the place of meeting ? I have heard suggestions of this kind; and from circumstances, there seems to be reason to conclude that they are too well founded. From long habit, I feel a strong inclination at this season to visit Philadelphia, and attend your church judicatories. But distance now precludes every bope of realizing my wishes, in the manner which I could formerly do it. Here are no such opportunities of at
tending the meetings of clerical brethren, as occur among you : and I think the want of these a considerable disadvantage of my present situation. But my situation is in so many other respects, so much more desirable, than in my former place of residence, that I have hitherto seen daily reason to be thankful to a kind Providence and his instruments, for pointing out and accomplishing the change.
dear mother and all the branches of the family, of my continued esteem and affectionate regards, in which a beloved father also sbares, as largely as he can wish. I endeavour daily to remember you all at the throne of grace, and hope you will not there forget your children.
AND H. KEITH.
CHARLESTON, JULY 15, 1811.
TO MR. ANDREW P. GREADY,
PRESIDENT OF THE CONGREGATIONAL SOCIETY.
I have been favoured with the very friendly letter, which as President, and in behalf of “ The Congregational Society for Religious Worship,” you lately addressed to me, and in which you politely express their wish, that I would consider myself as a member ; at least an honorary one, of the society; and that I would place my name on the list of the subscribers to its rules.