John Quincy Adams Letter Found in Mass. Basement

John Quincy Adams painting by George Caleb Bingham, June 1, 1844.
A letter written by President John Quincy Adams, the nation's sixth commander in chief, has been found in a dusty box in a Massachusetts city hall's basement.

The letter, dated Sept. 8, 1826, outlines the burial wishes of his father, President John Adams, who was President Washington's successor. It was recently discovered by a city attorney who was combing through some old records in Quincy City Hall.

Mr. John Quincy Adams wrote that his father, who had died two months earlier, and his mother, Abigail Adams, wished to be buried in the First Parish Church, and that a "plain and modest monument" be built in their memory.

Mr. John Adams and Abigail Adams are buried in the basement of the church, as are Mr. John Quincy Adams and his wife.

Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch plans to have the letter preserved and put on public display.