Thursday July the 12th 1781.
a small town strongly fortified on the land side, but open on the river
Rhine which we were obliged to cross, (on one of the same machines that
I have mention'd yesterday) before we got there, it is in the Dutchy of
Burgin [Berg] and is subject to the King of Prussia. There is a famous cabinet
of Paintings here, but as we only stopp'd here to dine, and the cabinet
not being then open, we did not see it. We set off from Dusseldorp
directly after dinner and arriv'd at Cologne at about 8 o'clock; on the
way we pass'd by a palace in which the Emperor, or the Archduke lodge, whenever
they come this way. The
roads this day were pretty good, but the produce of the ground is the same
as what we have seen all along, that is, wheat, Buck wheat, and Spelts.
We cross'd the Rhine again,
John Quincy. Diary Entry, July 12, 1781. Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts
Historical Society. Published in Diary of John Quincy Adams, Volume 1: November
1779 - March 1786 (Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press,
1981). Pages 93-94.