[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 4th July Great Preparations are making to celebrate Independance at Bangor & Thomaston. 500 came on to the steemer this morning [to] Go to Thomaston. One company dressed up like Negros in disguise in evry shape & form imaginable Marched on to the bank as we were about leaving on board of a steemer for Thomaston. In all places as we passed along cannon were fired in honor of the 4th.
A Table was set at Thomaston for 800 men to take dinner But I should feel more like fasting & praying on the 4th of July than making A display of Celebration untill the Latter Day saints And all people could Have the privilege of worshiping God according to the dictates of their own conscience without having there brains blown out for it. And now while I write A Company is passing my door in the street dressed in all the Horid form that the ingenuity of man could form up. One would suppose that the inhabitants of the bottomless pit had come forth in possession. I wrote a letter to Mrs. Woodruff. 50 m.
[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]