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Browsing: Diary of John Quincy Adams, Volume 1


Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0003-0002-0012

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1781-07-12

Thursday July the 12th 1781.1

Dusseldorp a small town strongly fortified on the land side, but open on the river Rhine which we were obliged to cross, (on one { 94 } of the same machines that I have mention'd yesterday)2 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, when we got opposite Cologne, where there is a village, inhabited by Jews; A Nasty, dirty, Place indeed, and fit only for Jews to live in.
From the Spectator. (continued from yesterday).3
1.   The first part of this entry is missing; see the preceding note. According to Dana's Journal, the party left Hochstrass at 6 A.M. for Cologne, a distance of sixty English miles, and arrived at noon in Dusseldorf, at which point JQA 's Diary continues.
2.   JQA 's reference is to his entry of 10 July. The journey probably made Diary entries on a day-to-day basis difficult, if not impossible. Under these circumstances entries for 10 and 11 July were probably written on the same day.
3. Here follow, on about a page and one-quarter of the Diary, the third and fourth paragraphs of The Spectator No. 631 (ed. Bond, 5:157).