Saturday [October] 24th . Dressed by Seven Oclock, and set out at eight. At ten we arrived in Cambridge According to appointment; but most of the Militia having a distance to come were not in line till after eleven; they made however an excellent appearance with Genl. Brook at their Head. At this place the Lieutt. Govr. Mr. Saml. Adams, with the Executive Council met me and preceded my entrance into town—which was in every degree flattering & honorable. To pass over the Minutiae of the arrangement for this purpose it may suffice to say that at the entrance I was welcomed by the Select men in a body. Then following the Lieutt. Govr. & Council in the order we came from Cambridge (preceded by the Town Corps very handsomely dressed) we passed through the Citizens classed in their different professions, and under their own banners, till we came to the State House; from which, across the Street, an Arch was thrown; in the front of which was this Inscription—“To the Man who unites all hearts” and on the other—“To Columbia’s favourite son” and on one side thereof next the State House, in a panel decorated with a trophy, composed of the arms of the United States—of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts—and our French Allies, crowned with a wreath of Laurel was this Inscription—“Boston relieved march 17th 1776.” This arch was handsomely ornamented, and over the Center of it was erected 20 feet high with the American Eagle, perched on the top. After passing through the Arch, and entering the State House at the So. End & [as]cending to the upper floor & returning to a Balcony at the No. end—three cheers was given by a vast concourse of people who by this time had assembled at the Arch. Then followed an ode composed in honor of the President; and well sung by a band of select Singers—after his three cheers—followed by different Professions, and Mechanics in the order they were drawn up with their Colours through a lane of the People which had thronged abt. the Arch under which they passed. The Streets, the Doors, Windows & Tops of the Houses were crowded with well dressed Ladies and Gentlemen. The procession being over I was conducted to my lodgings at a Widow Ingersolls (which is a very decent & good house) by the Lieutt. Govr. And Council—accompanied by the Vice-President where they took leave of me.
Washington, George, Donald Jackson, and Dorothy Twohig. The diaries of George Washington. Volume 5: July 1786-December 1789. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, to 1979, 1976. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/75041365/.