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