728. Benevolence
Massachusetts Centinel, 16 February 1788

Mr. RUSSELL, Being a spectator at the military parade in the town of Boston on Tuesday last, the soldierly appearance, and performances of the several corps, gave me great satisfaction; but when the troops approached towards their firings in State street, it gave me pain to see several respectable citizens in much concern for the preservation [of] their property, which was about to be exposed to the concussion of the air, on the discharge of the field-pieces. This led me to reflect, that it is really a pity, on days of publick rejoicing, to take such positions, as while the joy of some is promoted, the loss of others, in the breaking of their windows, destruction of crockery, &c. must allay the joy in a great degree—indeed it proves a heavy tax on them—I therefore beg leave to submit to the consideration of those who may hereafter have the direction on joyous, or military occasions, where cannon are to be used, (and I pray they will not take it amiss) whether they may not be discharged either on the Common, at the head of Long-Wharf, or in some other place, as will prevent damage being done to individuals, and at the same time without the least diminution of the laudable wish of exhibiting the troops to the best advantage.