The preceding short space of time spent so delightfully in quiet at home, was broken to day by starting with Madame on a journey. I went very unwillingly, she went against the advice of all her friends. Her motive was unaccountable.2 Madame, Elizabeth and myself with three Servants formed the party. The whole labor of taking care of them devolved upon me. We went as far as Rossburgh this evening.
LCA was following her husband’s instructions. On 14 July JQA asked her to join him at Quincy. Two days later he advised her not to come as yet because, although JA had left his Quincy house and land to JQA, the furniture and the rest of the estate had to be sold at auction, and the “domestic establishment” at Quincy would be temporarily disrupted. See JQA to LCA, 14 and 16 July 1826, Adams Papers.