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Browsing: Early Diary of John Adams, Volume 1

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The Adams Papers


  • Thomas Boylston Adams, Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Franklin Lewis Ford, Harvard University
  • Walter Muir Whitehill, Boston Athenaeum
  • Thomas James Wilson, Harvard University Press


  • Samuel Flagg Bemis, Yale University
  • Julian Parks Boyd, Princeton University
  • Paul Herman Buck, Harvard University
  • David Donald, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Philip May Hamer, National Historical Publications Commission
  • Mark DeWolfe Howe, Harvard University
  • Leonard Woods Labaree, Yale University
  • Robert Earle Moody, Boston University
  • Samuel Eliot Morison, Harvard University
  • Kenneth Ballard Murdock, Harvard University
  • Stephen Thomas Riley, Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Ernest Samuels, Northwestern University
  • Arthur Meier Schlesinger,* Harvard University
  • Clifford Kenyon Shipton, American Antiquarian Society
  • Vernon Dale Tate, United States Naval Academy
* Died 30 October 1965
The acorn and oakleaf device on the preceding page is redrawn from a seal cut for John Quincy Adams after 1830. The motto is from Caecilius Statius as quoted by Cicero in the First Tusculan Disputation: Serit arbores quae alteri seculo prosint (“He plants trees for the benefit of later generations”).
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, 2018.