John Quincy Adams

Philadelphia Bulletin, March 3, 1848

The Remains of Mr. Adams

The remains of Mr. Adams are expected to reach this city by the Baltimore cars, on Monday next, at half past two o’clock, P.M. The Speaker of the House of Representatives has appointed the following Committee to escort the remains of the venerated patriot from Washington to their final resting place in Quincy.

Mr. Talmage NY,  Ch’n.         D Hammons, Me.

Jas Wilson, NH.                      J Colismer, Vt.

Geo Ashman, Mass.               B B Thurston, RI.

J. A Rockwell, Conn.               J W Houston, Dela.

A R. McDivaine, Penna.         R K Mende, Va.

Thos W Ligon, Md.                I E Holmes, SC.

D M Baringer, NC.                 W A Newell, NJ.

J H Lumpkin, Ga.                    H W Hillard, Ala.

Albert G Brown, Miss.           I E Morse, La.

R C Schneck, Ohio.                 R French, Ky.

M P  Gentry, Tenn.                C B Smith, Ia.

J Wentworth,  Ill.                   J S Phelps, Mo.

R W Johnson, Ark.                 C E Stuart, Mich.

E C Cabell, Fla.                       T Pilsbury, Texas.

Wm Thompson, Iowa.          J H Tweedy, Wis.

            The Councils of New York have already adopted measures to do honor to the illustrious dead. Similar steps, we doubt not, will be taken by the Councils of this city. We fully agree with a morning contemporary that the remains of Mr. Adams should be placed in Independence Hall, and that the windows of our dwellings and stores should be bowed on Monday afternoon, and the places of public amusement closed during the evening.


Philadelphia Bulletin, March 7, 1848

Remains of Mr. Adams

As we go to press (2-1/4 o’clock, P.M.) the city presents a solemn scene. A bright sun is shedding its genial rays upon the earth, and nature is smiling; yet everything wears a sombre appearance, and sadness is depicted upon every countenance. The honored remains of the venerated patriot and sage, Adams, on their way to sleep with those of the fathers of the illustrious deceased, are momentarily expected. The flags are at half mast and shrouded in crape; the bells are muffled and tolling; all along the route of the procession, windows are bowed, stores closed, and many houses draped in black; and Independence Hall, where the remains are to rest to night, is most befittingly hung and festooned with mourning. A large civic and military escort is forming in Broad street, from South to Pine. The evidences are that there will be a large procession, and that the sight will be of such a character as to cause it to be long remembered as one giving the assurance that our Republic can never cease to be grateful to those of her public servants whose lives have been spent in elevating her virtuous name and rendering her institutions glorious.


Philadelphia Bulletin, March 7, 1848

Reception of the Remains of Ex-President Adams-

Immediately on the arrival of the special train of cars from Baltimore this afternoon (Tuesday, the 7th inst.) at the junction of Broad and South streets, the remains of the illustrious deceased will be received and escorted to the Hall of Independence, where the Washington Greys, will have the honor of guarding them until the following morning.

The various bodies composing the procession will rendezvous and form on Broad street, the right on Pine street, facing East, at two o’clock, P.M. precisely.

The Mayor and Recorder of the City and Members of the Select and Common Councils will meet at the Council Chamber, according to special notice.

The Reverend Clergy an the Pall Bearers will meet at one o’clock P.M., at the building of the Girard Trust, 5th street, above Chestnut, where carriages will be in waiting to convey them to the place of rendezvous.

The citizens are respectively requested to close their dwellings and places of business, during the afternoon.  It is further requested, that the bells of the Churches and of all public places be muffled and tolled during the afternoon, and that the flags of the shipping and of all public buildings be at half-mast.

No person in the procession will appear mounted.


Up Broad street to Walnut street; down Walnut st. to Independence Square.

Upon the arrival at the Southern entrance of Independence Square, the remains will be attended to the Hall of Independence by the pall-bearers, the Reverend Clergy, the Committee of Reception, the Committee of Congress and the City Corporation as Chief mourners.

On the entrance of which bodies into the Square, the gates will be closed and the procession dispersed.



2nd City Troop                Party of Police                  2nd City Troop


Aid                              Chief Marshall                       Aid


Hon John B Gibson,               Horace Binney,

Richard Willing,                     Dr. N. Chapman,

Samuel Beck,                          Wm. J. Duane,

Hon John K Kane,                  B. W. Richards,

John M. Scott,                         Issac Roach,

Dr. R. M. Patterson,               James Page.

The Reverend Clergy.

Committee of Reception.

Committee of Congress.

The City Corporation (Chief Mourners) in the following Order.

Mayor and Recorder of the City

Messenger of Councils.

Clerks of Councils.

Presidents of the two Chambers of Councils.

Select Council.

Common Council.

Aldermen of the City.

Representatives of Foreign Governments.

Sheriff, Coroner, and Marshal of the Eastern District of the United States.

Judges and Officers of the United States Courts.

Judges and Officers of the Supreme Court of Penn’a.

Judges and Officers of the District Court.

Judges and Officers of the Court of Common Pleas.

Officers of the General Government and of the State Government.

District Attorney of the United States.

Attorney General of the State of Pennsylvania.

Corporations of the neighboring Districts and their Magistrates.

County Officers.

Officers and Soliders of the Revolution.

Officers of the last War.

Officers of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps.

Society of the Cincinnati.

Turstees and Faculty of the University, and of the several Medical and other Colleges.

President of the Girard College.

President and Directors of the Girard College.

Officers of the American Philosophical Society, and of the Historical Society, and Academy of Natural Sciences.

Principal and Professors of the High School.

Board of Health.

Guardians of the Poor.

Directors of the Public Schools.

Officers of the Philadelphia Library Company, of the mercantile Library Company, and of the Athenaeum.

Trustees of the Gas Works.

Trustees of the Wills Hospital.

Members of the Bar.


Sons of Temperance.

Other Associations.


            The procession of those on foot will occupy the sidewalk.

All carriages not engaged in the ceremonial will be kept clear of the streets in use.

All societies, associations, and citizens, are respectfully requested to give prompt attention to the directions of the Chief Marshal through his aids.

P. McCall- Chief Marshal


Richard Vaux,

Wm. H. Drayton,
Marine T.W. Chandler,

Charles Penrose, Jr.,

Chapman Biddle.

Philadelphia Public Ledger,  March 7, 1848

Honors to Mr. Adams­ Yesterday some important additions were made to the emblems of mourning which were hung about Independence Hall on Saturday, consisting of crape shroudings for the old chairs of revolutionary memory, and the placing of a large and well designed bier in the centre of the room, upon which the coffin containing the remains of the illustrious deceased will rest. During the afternoon, a large number of ladies visited the Hall and were received by Mr. Elliot, one of the committee of arrangement of City Councils.

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