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Chronology
Chronology

Chronology

Chronology

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Chronology

John Quincy Adams, 1767–1788

1767   July 11   Born in Braintree on the Adams farm at the foot of Penn's Hill.  
1775   July 17   With his mother ( AA ) witnesses the Battle of Bunker Hill from Penn's Hill.  
1778   Feb.––April   Sails with his father ( JA ) from Mount Wollaston aboard the frigate Boston, to Bordeaux; thence travels to Paris where JA serves as one of the three United States commissioners.  
1778   April 14   Enters M. Le Coeur's Academy at Passy, near Paris.  
1779   March–June   With JA , leaves Passy and awaits passage to America at Nantes, Lorient, and St. Nazaire.  
1779   June 17–Aug. 2   Sails from Lorient to Boston aboard the French frigate La Sensible.  
1779   Nov. 12   Begins his Diary.  
1779   Nov. 13–Dec. 8   Leaves Boston aboard La Sensible for France with his father, his brother Charles ( CA ), John Thaxter Jr., and Francis Dana. The congress had named JA to negotiate peace and commercial treaties with Great Britain. The frigate makes port at El Ferrol, Spain.  
1779   Dec. 26   The Adams party begins its overland journey to France across northern Spain.  
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1780   Feb. 9   Arrives in Paris.  
1780   Feb. 10   Attends M. Pechigny's school at Passy with CA .  
1780   July 27–Aug. 10   With CA , accompanies father to the Netherlands, JA 's purpose being to negotiate a loan for the United States.  
1780   Aug. 30   With CA , becomes a boarding student at the Latin School on the Singel, in Amsterdam.  
1780   Nov. 10   Leaves the school with CA after JA 's dispute with the preceptor.  
1780   Dec. 18   Goes with CA and John Thaxter Jr. to Leyden, where all three matriculate at the university during the following month.  
1781   June 9   Travels to Amsterdam with his father.  
1781   July 7   Leaves Amsterdam for Russia with Francis Dana.  
1781   July 25   Arrives in Berlin.  
1781   Aug. 27   Arrives in St. Petersburg, where he serves as secretary and interpreter to Dana, appointed to seek Russian diplomatic recognition of the United States.  
1782   March 9–10   Visits Oranienbaum and Peterhoff, near St. Petersburg.  
1782   July 10–11   Attends the Grand Duke's annual ball at Peterhoff.  
1782   Oct. 30   Leaves St. Petersburg for The Hague by way of the northern overland route through Finland.  
1782   Nov. 22   Arrives in Stockholm, where he remains until 31 December.  
1783   Jan. 1–25   Travels from Stockholm to Göteborg.  
1783   Feb. 15   Arrives in Copenhagen, remaining there until 5 March.  
1783   March 10   Enters Hamburg and stays there until 5 April.  
1783   April 21   Arrives at The Hague, where he continues Latin and Greek studies with C. W. F. Dumas until JA 's return from Paris in July.  
1783   Aug.–Sept   Serves as his father's secretary in Paris, where JA and his fellow commissioners on 3 Sept. sign the Definitive Treaty with Great Britain.  
1783   Sept. 22–Oct. 20   Lodges with JA at Thomas Barclay's house at Auteuil, near Paris.  
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1783   Oct. 20   Leaves with JA for England on vacation, spent largely in London with short visits to Oxford and Bath.  
1784   Jan. 2   Leaves London for The Hague with JA , who seeks a second Dutch loan to save American credit.  
1784   May 14   Journeys to London to await the uncertain arrival of his mother and sister ( AA2 ). Remains for more than one month before returning to The Hague alone.  
1784   July 30   Is reunited with AA and AA2 in London.  
1784   Aug. 8   Joined by JA , the Adams family travels to France, arriving in Paris on 13 August.  
1784   Aug. 17   The Adamses establish their residence in Auteuil, while JA serves as a joint commissioner to negotiate treaties with European powers.  
1785   May 12   Leaves Paris en route to America to attend Harvard.  
1785   May 21   Sails from Lorient on the Courier de l'Améerique.  
1785   July 17   Arrives in New York.  
1785   Aug. 13   Leaves for Boston after a month in the company of members of the congress and New York society.  
1785   Aug. 26   Arrives in Boston.  
1785   Aug. 31   Is advised by President Joseph Willard to wait until the spring to enter Harvard.  
1785   Sept. 7   Arrives at Haverhill to begin intensive study of Latin and Greek under the tutelage of his uncle, the Reverend John Shaw.  
1786   March 15   Examined and admitted to Harvard as a junior sophister.  
1786   May 29   Becomes a member of the “A.B.” Club.  
1786   June 12   Gives his first speech before the “A.B.” Club on the topic “Nothing is so difficult, but it may be overcome by industry.”  
1786   June 21   Elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  
1786   July 6   Delivers his first speech before the Harvard chapter of Phi Beta Kappa on the question “Whether civil discord is advantageous to society.”  
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1786   Sept. 26   Takes part in a forensic dispute at the Harvard Exhibition on the question “Whether inequality among citizens be necessary to the preservation of liberty of the whole.”  
1787   April 10   At the Harvard Exhibition partakes in a conference on the comparative utility of law, physic, and divinity.  
1787   July 18   Gives English oration at his commencement on the topic “Upon the Importance and Necessity of Public Faith, to the Well-Being of a Community,” which becomes his first published work when it appears in the Columbian Magazine in September.  
1787   Sept. 8   Begins his legal studies in Newburyport in the office of Theophilus Parsons.  
1788   June 20–30   Greets his parents on their return from Europe and assists the move into the new family residence, the Vassall-Borland house in Braintree.  
1788   Sept. 5   Gives the annual Phi Beta Kappa Oration at Cambridge on the topic of young men's ambition.