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Docno: ADMS-04-03-02-0024

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Recipient: Cranch, William
Date: 1778-05-31

John Quincy Adams to William Cranch

I now Sit down with an intent to give you an account of the Place I dind at yesterday doctor Franklin his son a young Gentleman & I went to Place Calld montmartre at the Castle of the Count Brancard & dind there with him and some other Gentleman & Ladies, from which Place there is a most Beautiful Prospect of the City. On this hill the famous king henry the 4th incamped his army when he laid Seige to Paris. it is the highest hill in the neghborhood of Paris & excepting Mount Calvare & Minemontan it Commands the most extensive & most Beautiful Prospect.1
these excursions afford me some pleasure & give me some Consolation for my not being with my Freinds at Braintree among whom I think you one of the first & therefore I subscribe myself your affectionate Cousin.
[signed] John Quincy Adams
LbC (Adams Papers); at foot of text: “to my Cousin william.” Text is given here in literal style.
1. JQA 's imperfect knowledge and spelling make it difficult to identify with certainty some of the persons and places he mentions. Franklin's “son” must be William Temple Franklin, his grandson and secretary. Their host, “Count Brancard,” is more or less recognizable as one of the members of the numerous and powerful Brancas family, with several of whom Franklin was on friendly terms; see Cal. Franklin Papers, A.P.S., passim; JA, Diary and Autobiography , 4:77. “Minemontan” is no doubt Ménilmontant, the neighborhood of Père Lachaise Cemetery in the eastern part of the city.