1. Times of departure and arrival vary slightly from the main entries (above).
JQA's return to The Hague from Copenhagen, sketchily presented in this and the following
two entries in his Diary, was marked with numerous delays, which characterized his
entire journey from St. Petersburg. Arriving in the Danish capital on 15 Feb., he
decided to go to Kiel by boat to avoid bad roads and an expensive fare. But after
he had waited for nearly three weeks for a good wind, the harbor froze up and he was
obliged to go to Hamburg by land. Arriving there on or about 10 March, he stayed for
nearly a month before traveling to Bremen, where he remained four days before continuing
his journey to Amsterdam. During his stay in the two German cities, he studied the
commercial life and concluded that Hamburg would “carry on hereafter a great deal
of Trade with America.” JQA arrived in Amsterdam on 15 April and settled in The Hague at his father's residence,
the Hôtel des Etats Unis, on 21 April (JQA to JA, 20 Feb., 14 March; JQA to AA, 23 July, all in Adams Papers; JA, Diary and Autobiography, 3:ix–x).
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2015.