John Quincy Adams Letter From 1826 Found In Basement
Letter Outlines Burial Wishes For John Adams, Family
This undated file image shows a portrait painted by artist John Singleton Copley of John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States from 1825 to 1829. MoreBOSTON--
A recently discovered 1826 letter penned by John Quincy Adams will soon go on display.
The letter, found in a bound volume in the basement of Quincy City Hall, was penned just months after the death of his father, founder and former President John Adams. It lays out in detail John Quincy Adams' wishes for the permanent burial of his father at the First Parish Church in Quincy Center.
“I have considered it a duty devolving upon me to erect a plain and modest monument to his memory; and my wish is that divested of all ostentation it may yet be as durable as the walls of the Temple to the erection of which he has contributed,” John Quincy Adams wrote in the letter.
The instructions in the letter were followed by the church, and John Adams, Abigail Adams and John Quincy Adams and Louisa Catherine Adams remain buried today. The temple is now a national historical landmark.
Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch will unveil the letter to the public on Tuesday.
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