A gentleman of New-York sent an express to Boston with the news of Peace, addressed to the editor of the Centeniel. The following is an extract of a letter from Mr. Russell the editor, to him on this pleasing subject. Boston, Feb. 13, 1815.
SIR,“It is with great gratitude I acknowledge the receipt this morning, before 8 o’clock, of your important letter of Saturday. I lost not a moment in issuing it, in a hand-bill, from my office, and communicating it to His Excellency the Governor, and the Legislature in session; and sent it by express to Salem, and by prompt conveyance to Portsmouth, Portland, Plymouth, and in fact, to every commercial place. The effect of the news on the population here, cannot be described. It was electrical, and shewed itself in ten thousand varied demonstrations of excessive joy and gratulation. The Commander in Chief directed the military to parade and announce the tidings by salutes and a general feu de joie; the Selectmen ordered the bells to sound it for one hour. The streets were adorned with the colours of all nations, and the American and British flags were united with wreaths of laurel and emblems of Peace.-Every thing like business, and labor, was suspended. The Legislature immediately adjourned; and the windows and balconies of the houses were thronged with ladies, answering the cheers of the citizens by the waving of their hankerchiefs. The cartmen immediately formed a procession of sleights, their hats decorated with “PEACE,” and their standards inscribed with the Olive. The peal of the bells, and the roar of artillery and musketry continued through the day, and there are many houses illuminated.
“If the expense of the express had been as many thousand dollars as it was hundreds, it could have been instantly collected here.”
Published in the Maryland Gazette-February 23, 1815.