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The selection of pages below allow web visitors to quickly access diary pages pertaining to themes of potential interest—people John Quincy Adams met during the course of his life, events in which he participated, topics he wrote about, places he visited, and highlights from his career.


People

Abigail Adams

In diary 30, on page 430; and diary 30, on page 431, within the entry for 1 November 1818, JQA writes about his mother and his reaction to her death. (Abigail Adams died on 28 October 1818.)

John Adams

In diary 35, on page 331, within the entry for 9 July 1826, JQA writes about receiving a letter the previous day telling him of his father's death on 4 July 1826 and his reaction to that news.

Czar Alexander I

In diary 28, on page 199, within the entry for 13 January 1811, JQA writes about having a conversation with the Emperor at the Diplomatic Circle and about receiving tickets to a dinner at the Hermitage.

In diary 28, on page 252, within the entry for 31 May 1811, JQA writes about meeting the Emperor on a morning walk.

In diary 28, on page 324; and diary 28, on page 325, within the entry for 24 December 1811, JQA writes about attending a ball at the Hermitage.

Charles Dickens

In diary 50, on page 861, within the entry for 14 March 1842, JQA mentions having dinner with Charles Dickens.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In diary 41, on page 53, within the entry for 2 August 1840, JQA writes about Ralph Waldo Emerson and transcendentalism.

Benjamin Franklin

In diary 8, on page 9, within the entry for 10 August 1783, JQA writes about accompanying his father to Passy for breakfast with Benjamin Franklin and John Jay.

In diary 10, on page 10, within the entry for 14 February 1785, JQA writes about a dinner with Benjamin Franklin and John Jeffries, who had recently crossed from Dover to Calais in a hot air balloon.

In diary 10, on page 15, within the entry for 24 February 1785, JQA writes about a conversation with Benjamin Franklin where animal magnetism was discussed.

In diary 10, on page 16, within the entry for 26 February 1785, JQA writes about Benjamin Franklin's behavior as an American living in France.

King George III

In diary 31, on page 285, within the entry for 14 March 1820, JQA writes about George III's mental state.

Andrew Jackson

In diary 30, on page 287; and diary 30, on page 288, within the entry for 24 December 1817, JQA writes about perusing a letter from President Monroe to General Andrew Jackson regarding an order that the Department of War had previously issued.

In diary 34, on page 204, within the entry for 8 January 1824, JQA writes about hosting a party for General Andrew Jackson the anniversary of his victory at New Orleans, with 1000 people in attendance.

In diary 36, on insert page 164, within the entry for 4 March 1829, JQA writes about Andrew Jackson's inauguration as president.

In diary 36, on page 482; and diary 36, on page 483, within the entry for 22 June 1830, JQA writes how the strength of Jackson's administration is based on Jackson's personal popularity.

Thomas Jefferson

In diary 9, on page 38, within the entry for 22 August 1784, JQA writes about his dinner with Thomas Jefferson and his daughter.

In diary 10, on page 5, within the entry for 29 January 1785, JQA writes that Thomas Jefferson had received news concerning the death of his infant daughter (Lucy Elizabeth).

In diary 10, on page 8, within the entry for 7 February 1785, JQA writes about dining with Thomas Jefferson and observing the carnival in Paris.

In diary 10, on page 11, within the entry for 16 February 1785, JQA describes Thomas Jefferson as a man of "universal learning and very pleasing manners."

Marquis de La Fayette

In diary 10, on page 13, within the entry for 21 February 1785, JQA writes about dining at the Marquis de La Fayette's residence in Paris and meeting La Fayette's son, named George Washington.

In diary 10, on page 151; and diary 10, on page 152, within the entry for 6 September 1785, JQA writes about receiving a letter from the Marquis de La Fayette.

In diary 35, on page 266, within the entry for 4 October 1824, JQA writes about accompanying the Marquis de La Fayette as he visited a number of public institutions in Washington.

Napoleon

In diary 29, on page 240, within the continuation of the entry for 29 March 1815, JQA writes about catching a glimpse of Napoleon through the windows of his dwelling near the garden of Tuileries.

Alexis de Tocqueville

In diary 38, on page 360; and diary 38, on page 361, within the entry for 28 January 1832, JQA writes about having dinner with two French agents, Gustave de Beaumont and Alexis de Tocqueville, who were traveling around the United States on assignment.

In diary 48, on page 399, within the entry for 31 January 1835, JQA refers to the Gustave de Beaumont and Alexis de Tocqueville's work on prisons and penitentiaries.

George Washington

In diary 14, on page 37, within the entry for 29 and 30 October 1789, JQA writes about preparing for the arrival of President George Washington in Newburyport and about Washington's procession through the town.

In diary 20, on page 1, within the entry for 3 June 1794, JQA writes about receiving a letter from his father, informing him that President George Washington had appointed him Resident Minister to the Hague.

In diary 20, on page 4, within the entry for 10 July 1794, JQA writes about dining with George Washington at the President's house before leaving for the Hague.

In diary 31, on page 478, within the entry for 1 January 1821, JQA compares James Monroe's election as president to George Washington's election to a second term.

Events

Amistad legal case

In diary 42, on page 221, within the entry for 1 October 1839, JQA writes about the case of fifty-three African slaves who revolted at sea but were later taken into the custody of a vessel from the United States.

In diary 41, on page 160, within the entry for 17 November 1840, JQA writes about a meeting with Mr. Roger Sherman Baldwin in New Haven, Connecticut in which they discussed legal strategy regarding the Amistad case and visited the prisoners.

In diary 41, on page 185, within the entry for 12 December 1840, JQA writes about preparations for his argument on the Amistad case before the Supreme Court.

In diary 41, on page 259, within the entry for 24 February 1841, JQA writes about beginning his argument before the Supreme Court on behalf of the Amistad Africans.

In diary 41, on page 264, within the entry for 1 March 1841, JQA writes about concluding his argument before the Supreme Court on behalf of the Amistad Africans.

In diary 41, on page 272, within the entry for 9 March 1841, JQA writes about the Supreme Court verdict, which set the Amistad Africans free.

In diary 41, on page 281, within the entry for 18 March 1841, JQA writes about trying to secure passage in a public vessel for the liberated Amistad Africans to return to Africa.

Election of 1824

In diary 34, on page 204, within the entry for 8 January 1824, JQA writes about throwing a party for General Andrew Jackson the anniversary of his victory at New Orleans.

In diary 49, on page 690; and diary 49, on page 691, within the entry for 13 November 1824, JQA records how different members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the different presidential tickets.

In diary 33, on page 76; and diary 33, on page 77, within the entry for 9 February 1825, JQA reports the results of the Electoral College, that elected him the 6th president of the United States.

Election of 1828

In diary 36, insert on page 67, within the entry for 3 December 1828, JQA writes about losing the presidential election to General Andrew Jackson.

Treaty of Ghent

In diary 29, on page 129; diary 29, on page 130; and diary 29, on page 131, within the entry for 8 August 1814, JQA writes about negotiating with the British Commissioners to write the Treaty of Ghent.

Treaty of Paris

In diary 8, on page 10, within the entry for 11 August 1783, JQA writes about discussing the Treaty of Paris with the British Minister for Peace, David Hartley.

In diary 7, on page 19, within entry for 3 September 1783, JQA indicates that the Treaty of Paris was signed.

Topics

Anti-slavery

In diary 41, on page 292, within the entry for 29 March 1841, JQA writes that he hasn't yet prepared his argument during the Amistad case for publication and then writes a long passage against slavery.

In diary 43, on page 28, within the entry for 25 January 1842, JQA writes about the House of Representatives' consideration of a motion to censure him for presenting extreme anti-slavery petitions. (See also: Amistad case.)

Family

In diary 24, on page 180, within the entry for 26 July 1797, JQA writes of his marriage to Louisa Catherine Johnson.

In diary 24, on page 322, within the entry for 12 April 1801, JQA records the birth of his first child, George Washington Adams.

In diary 30, on page 430; and diary 30, on page 431, within the entry for 1 November 1818, JQA writes about his mother and his reaction to her death. (Abigail Adams died on 28 October 1818.)

In diary 35, on page 331, within the entry for 9 July 1826, JQA writes about receiving a letter the previous day telling him of his father's death on 4 July 1826 and his reaction to that news.

In diary 36, on page 280, within the entry for 19 October 1829, JQA describes overseeing the construction of a memorial to his parents at the Stone Temple, in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Monroe Doctrine

In diary 34, on page 102, within the entry for 17 July 1824, JQA writes about a conversation with the Russian Minister, Baron Tuyl, in which he articulates the position of the Monroe Doctrine.

Report Upon Weights and Measures

In diary 31, on page 529, within the entry for 22 February 1821, JQA writes about submitting his report on the American system of weights and measures to both houses of Congress. This was eventually published as Report Upon Weights and Measures.

Science and nature

In diary 8, on page 20, within the entry for 27 August 1783, JQA writes about seeing a balloon ascension; he describes it as an experiment with a "flying globe."

In diary 28, on page 260, within the entry for 21 June 1811, JQA writes of getting up at 2:00 on the morning of the summer solstice to see the sunrise at 2:46 A.M

Smithsonian Institution

In diary 40, on page 157; and diary 40, on page 158, within the entry for 9 January 1836, JQA writes about meeting with a Congressional committee to discuss the Smithsonian bequest.

In diary 33, on page 669, within the entry for 29 November 1838, JQA writes about visiting President Martin Van Buren to discuss the Smithsonian bequest and the establishment of a possible astronomical observatory.

In diary 42, on page 383, within the entry for 5 March 1840, JQA writes about presenting an amended version of the Smithsonian Bequest Bill, which included an estimate of expenses for erecting an astronomical observatory.

In diary 45, on page 393, within the entry for 23 January 1846, JQA writes about a committee meeting on the Smithsonian bequest, in which members discuss sending the money back to the English Court of Chancery.

Travel Accounts

Cincinnati, Ohio

In diary 44, on page 126, within the entry for 8 November 1843, JQA writes about his trip to Cincinnati, Ohio to make a speech to the Astronomical Society.

Riga (part of Latvia)

In diary 4, on page 158, within the entry for 7 August 1781, JQA writes about traveling through Riga en route to Russia.

Saratoga Springs, New York

In diary 44, on page 7, within the entry for 13 July 1843, JQA writes about his visit to Saratoga Springs on a trip through New York.

Spain

In diary 1, on page 38, within the entry for 20 December 1779, JQA writes about traveling through Spain on his way to France.

Silesia (a Prussian province, later became part of Poland)

In diary 24, on page 301, within the entry for 23 July 1800, JQA writes about traveling in Silesia.

Sweden

In diary 5, on pages 98; and diary 5, on page 99, within the entries for 6, 7, 8 November 1782, JQA writes about traveling through Sweden en route to the Netherlands.

Career highlights

Secretary to the American envoy in Russia

In diary 4, on page 107; and diary 4, on page 108, within the entry for 7 July 1781, JQA writes about embarking for Russia to be secretary to the American envoy, Charles Dana.

In diary 4, on page 162, within the entry for 27 August 1781, JQA writes about his arrival in St. Petersburg.

In diary 5, on page 1, within the entries for 27 and 31 January 1782, JQA writes about reading volumes of Humes's History of England while in St. Petersburg.

Secretary to the American commissioner in the Netherlands

In diary 8, on page 1, within the entry for 6 August 1783, JQA writes about leaving the Hague with his father for Paris.

Minister to the Netherlands

In diary 21, on page 62, within the entry for 31 October 1794, JQA writes about arriving in the Netherlands to begin his appointment as minister.

In diary 20, on page 13, within the entry for 1 January 1795, JQA writes about visiting the President of the States General and other Dutch dignitaries.

In diary 20, on page 17; and diary 20, on page 18, within the entry for 19 January 1795, JQA writes about the arrival of French hussars and planting a liberty tree.

Minister to Prussia

In diary 24, on page 179, within the entry for 18 July 1797, JQA writes about receiving a letter from his father with instructions not to leave for Lisbon, but to wait for a commission to the court of Berlin.

In diary 24, on page 195, within the entry for 8 November 1797, JQA writes about presenting his letters of introduction to officials in Berlin.

In diary 24, on page 195; and diary 24, on page 196, within the entry for 10 November 1797, JQA writes about speaking with a Prussian minister.

In diary 24, on page 204, within the entry for 17 December 1797, JQA writes about attending court and meeting the Queen of Prussia.

Professor at Harvard

In diary 27, on page 170, within the entry for 1 August 1805, JQA writes about being appointed the First Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard College.

In diary 27, on page 363, within the entry for 19 July 1808, JQA writes about preparing a lecture on memory.

In diary 27, on page 365, within the entry for 5 August 1808, JQA writes about walking to Cambridge to deliver a lecture.

In diary 27, on page 367, within the entry for 31 August 1808, JQA writes about attending commencement at Harvard College.

Minister to Russia

In diary 28, on page 1, within the entry for 5 August 1809, JQA writes about leaving Boston to serve as minister to Russia.

In diary 28, on page 32, within the entry for 5 November 1809, JQA writes about receiving notification of a future audience with the emperor and empress of Russia.

In diary 28, on page 284, within the entry for 30 August 1811, JQA writes about a meeting with a French ambassador, in which he tells JQA that there will be no war between France and Russia.

In diary 28, on page 411 and diary 28, on page 412, within the entry for 10 September 1812, JQA writes about meeting with the British Ambassador, Lord Cathcart.

In diary 28, on page 492, within the entry for 22 June 1813, JQA writes about the British government's rejection of the offer by the Emperor of Russia to provide mediation between themselves and the United States

Minister to Great Britain

In diary 29, on page 258, within the entry for 26 May 1815, JQA writes about receiving notification of his commission as minister to Great Britain.

In diary 29, on page 279, within the entry for 29 June 1815, JQA writes about working to have American prisoners of war released from British custody.

In diary 29, on page 318; diary 29, on page 319; and diary 29, on page 320, within the entry for 14 September 1815, JQA writes about working to secure American fishing rights.

In diary 30, on page 52; diary 30 on page 53; and diary 30, on page 54, within the entry for 13 August 1816, JQA writes about the British government's policy towards the Barbary States.

Senator

In diary 51, on page 1, within the entry for 3 February 1803, JQA writes about being elected by the Massachusetts House of Representatives to the US Senate.

In diary 27, on page 50, within the entry for 1 November 1803, JQA writes about debating one of the bills that would create stock for payment of the Louisiana Purchase.

In diary 27, on page 288, within the entry for 12 April 1806, JQA writes about voting to ratify the Treaty with Tripoli.

In diary 27, on page 297, within the entry for 10 July 1807, JQA writes about attending a meeting of citizens at the Massachusetts State House regarding the British attack on the American frigate, Chesapeake.

Secretary of State

In diary 30, on page 170, within the entry for 16 April 1817, JQA writes about receiving letters from President James Monroe notifying him of his appointment as secretary of state.

In diary 30, on page 257, within the entry for 22 September 1817, JQA writes about assuming the post of secretary of state.

In diary 30, on page 297, within the entry for 16 January 1818, JQA writes about drafting a note to Spanish Minister Don Luis de Onis regarding the occupation of Amelia Island.

In diary 30, on page 323; and diary 30, on page 324, within the entry for 22 March 1818, JQA mentions England's proposal to serve as the mediating country between the United States and Spain.

In diary 30, on page 419, within the entry for 20 October 1818, JQA mentions the convention of 1818 with Britain, clarifying America's northern boundary, fishing rights and commerce.

President

In diary 33, on page 103; and diary 33, on page 104, within the entry for 4 March 1825, JQA writes about his inauguration as the 6th president of the United States.

In diary 33, on page 150; and diary 33, on page 151, within the entry for 15 May 1825, JQA writes meeting with four Creek Indians.

In diary 37, on page 17, within the entry for 28 November 1825, JQA writes about working on his annual message which proposes internal improvements.

In diary 37, on page 554, within the entry for 27 May 1828, JQA writes about reviewing an act that supplied benefits to surviving officers of the American Revolution.

Congressman

In diary 36, on page 544; and diary 36, on page 545, within the entry for 17 September 1830, JQA writes about discussing the possibility of serving with Edward Everett in the US House of Representatives from Massachusetts' Plymouth District.

In diary 38, on page 27, within the entry for 6 November 1830, JQA writes about his election to the House of Representatives.

In diary 41, on page 438, within the entry for 22 August 1841, JQA writes about discussing an amendment to the Land Bill with other New England legislators.

In diary 43, on page 28, within the entry for 25 January 1842, JQA writes about the House of Representatives' consideration of a motion to censure him for presenting extreme anti-slavery petitions.

In diary 43, on page 42, within the entry for 7 February 1842, JQA writes about the House of Representatives' decision to table the motion to censor him.

In diary 43, on page 232, within the entry for 10 August 1842, JQA writes about preparing for a speech regarding the reconsideration of the Tariff Bill.