President Monroe’s brief visit to Ipswich

From the journal of Miss Eunice Jones, 1793-1825.

monroeJournal, July 12 1817:

“This morning about nine o’clock the President of the United States, Monroe, passed through Ipswich. He was attended by a large concourse of people; they paid him all the honor possible. The gentlemen and ladies of the town decorated our street and bridge beautifully with trees and flowers. An arbor of pine trees was erected at the entrance of the bridge; over the bridge was an arch of woodwork completely covered with wreaths and flowers. The ladies were engaged two weeks in preparing these wreathes.

As the president approached and passed over the bridge, a band concealed from sight in the arbor played upon their instruments melodiously. The children of the town were dressed in uniform and stood each side of the green at Dr. Dana’s meetinghouse. All ranks and ages followed him as he passed along. An elegant horse was offered for his use in town by Mr C. and Mr B. The training companies paraded and escorted him to the Hotel where he took breakfast and then stepped into his carriage and left town.”

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  1. Gordon, President Munroe’s visit to Ipswich must have been on the same day or so in 1817 as his visit to Salem where he “waited upon” Joseph Peabody – “the richest man is Salem.”

    These stops were, no doubt, short and tedious for the dignitaries and their attendants – much as they might be today. Interesting though…


  2. I wonder if the Morses took a break from building my house to go see the President, or if they blew him off. Or if the house was already completed by then. In any case, we call the upstairs and downstairs of the 1817 front of our house “Upper Monroe” and “Lower Monroe” because it went up in 1817, the year of Monroe’s inauguration. (The 1797 back of the house is “Upper Adams” and “Lower Adams” since that was the year John Adams was inaugurated.) (And the screen porch is variously referred to as “Outer Adams” or simply “Obama.”) 🙂



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