Diary of John Quincy Adams, volume 1

11 [Titlepage] JQA [Titlepage] Adams, John Quincy
A Journal by John Quincy Adams Continuation From The Xth Of December To The Last Of The Same Month MDCCLXXIX
Friday 10th. JQA Friday 10th. Adams, John Quincy
Friday 10th.

This forenoon I took a walk about the town but saw nothing worth remarking. At about half after twelve o clock Pappa and Mr. Dana went on board one of the french ships to dine with the Captain and a number of other Gentlemen.1 At four o'clock Sammy Cooper and Charles went on board the frigate. Nothing more remarkable to day.


Dana records having dined with Hippolyte, Comte de Sade, Chef d'escadre, that evening on board the flagship Triomphant, and on the following night with Chevalier de Gras Préville, Capitaine de pavillon, on board the same ship (Dana, Journal; Hoefer, Nouv. biog. général ; JA, Diary and Autobiography , 2:406).

Saturday 11th. JQA Saturday 11th. Adams, John Quincy
Saturday 11th.

This forenoon a Captain1 of one of the french men of War came and very politely invited me on board to dine with him. Mr. Thaxter my brother Charles and I went on board of the Jason of 64 Guns. There are three French Men of War here the Triumphant of 80 Guns the Sovereign of 74 and the Jason of 64. The Captain and all the officers were all exceeding polite. At about 5 o clock we came back. We were to go to the play but there is none. We are to go for Coronna tomorrow.


M. de La Marthonie, commander of the Jason (JA, Diary and Autobiography , 2:405).

Sunday 12th. JQA Sunday 12th. Adams, John Quincy
Sunday 12th.

This morning I went to the French Consuls to ask him if he went to day.1 He said that it blew so smart and right against us that it was impossible for us to go to day and that he would take proper Measures to go to morrow by Land. 4 o clock P.M. Rains 12very hard, Thunder and lightning. 7 1/2. The Weather has clear'd up. I have just been (with Mr Dana, Mr. Allen, Mr. Thaxter, Sammy Cooper, and my Brother Charles) to the play house but found there was no play to night. As we were going we met The frigate's doctor, Mr. De La Roche, And Mr. Denian who told us that there was no play but we thought we would go to the door and see but they told us there was none to night but that there would be one to morrow.


That is, to La Coruña, situated about five leagues away across the bay or six leagues by land from El Ferrol. M. Detournelle was consul there ( Almanach royal, 1778, p. 501).