When his father died, John Quincy Adams wrote a detailed description of how he wanted the second president of the United States laid to rest in Quincy.
Those instructions were penned in 1826 – and will be displayed to the public later today at Quincy City Hall after they were discovered hidden inside a bound volume of old city records, according to the office of Mayor Thomas P. Koch.
"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,'' the son wrote of his father, John Adams, who died on July 4, 1826.
According to the city, the temple the son was referring to is the First Parish Church in Quincy Center, which is now a national historical landmark. Koch and City Clerk Joseph Shea and a person from the Quincy Historical Society will unveil the document later today at Quincy City Hall.
The Adams family, and their ties to Quincy and the region, are the centerpiece of the National Park Service's Adams National Historical Park.
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