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Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0011-0027

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-10-27

27th. Sunday.

This morning I went with Mr. Artaud to Mr. Rimberts and from thence we set out, eight in one large carriage and two other gentlemen in another small one for Czarsko-Zelo her Majesty's ordinary residence in the summer.1 Before we had got half ways the small carriage's axletree broke and we were obliged to take the two other gentlemen in; so that we went all ten in the same carriage. We arrived there at about 12 o'clock and went directly to see the palace the inside of which is not yet wholly finished. After having seen the palace we return'd into the city and arriv'd at about half past seven o'clock; and returned to our sev• { 153 } eral destinations. Czarsko-Zelo is distant from Petersbourg 22 wersts.
1. The famous summer residence of Catherine the Great at Tsarkoe Selo (renamed Pushkin), located about fifteen miles south of St. Petersburg, was originally a residence of Catherine I. About 1750 it was enlarged and embellished for the Empress Elizabeth in baroque style by the Italian architect Bartolommeo Rastrelli (1700–1771), but its completion and redecoration in neoclassical style was done for Catherine II by the Scottish architect Charles Cameron in the latter part of the century (Storch, Picture of Petersburg, p. 74–78; John Parkinson, A Tour of Russia, Siberia and the Crimea 1792–1794, ed. William Collier, London, 1971, p. 253).

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0011-0028

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-10-28

28th. Monday.

This forenoon I went with Mr. Peyron to the Baron Albedhyl's1 to take his orders for Stockholm. In the afternoon Mr. Gummer came here and I went with him to the concert. Return'd at about 9 o'clock.
1. Gustaf Baron von Albedhyll, Swedish chargé d'affaires to Russia, 1782–1783, and later minister to Denmark, 1785–1789 ( Repertorium der diplomatischen Vertreter aller Länder , p. 405, 414).

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0011-0029

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-10-29

29th. Tuesday.

This forenoon I went to the shops and bought some things. After dinner I went and took leave of Mr. Wolff who gave me a letter of recommendation for Hamborough [Hamburg]. Went to Mr. Rimberts'.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0011-0030

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-10-30

30th. Wednesday.

This morning I went and took leave of the Baron Albedyhll the Swedish chargé d'affaires here, and he gave me a couple of letters for Stockholm. At about noon I took leave of Mr. D. and of Mr. Artaud and set out upon the road for Wibourg [Vyborg]. We arrived at about 11. o'clock P.M. at the third station and as it was extraordinarily dark we stay'd there till 7 o'clock the next morning.1
1. For 30 Oct. through 1 Nov., indicating dates in the margins, JQA made one continuous Diary entry, which here has been divided up by days.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0004-0011-0031

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1782-10-31

Thursday. 31st.

We rode all day that day and all the night and arriv'd at the gates of Wibourg the next morning at about 5 o'clock.
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