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Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0001-0001-0001

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1779-11

[Titlepage and Cover]

Journal By Me
1. Titlepage and cover for JQA's early Diary, designated D/JQA/1 by Adams editors to indicate the first of the individual Diary books, booklets, or miscellaneous fragments. This Diary booklet, which measures approximately 7″ × 4¾″, consists of eleven leaves of paper folded over and stitched. Bound in with the sheets is a paper cover, and each page has been ruled off with a margin by JQA, in which space he has placed the dates for his entries. On this titlepage, and the revised titlepage which follows, there is a scrawled design at the bottom of the page which is repeated throughout this Diary booklet.
With the exceptions of D/JQA/7, 9, and 13, all of the Diary volumes or booklets published in these two volumes contain a roman numeral affixed in pencil on either the cover or titlepage. Because they were probably added by CFA while assembling his father's papers in the 19th century, these have been deleted throughout.

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0001-0001-0002

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1779-11-12

[Revised Titlepage]

A Journal by J Q A
From America
Spain VOL. Ist.
begun Friday
12th. of November
1. Revised titlepage located on the inside front cover of D/JQA/1. This titlepage and the first page of entries in the Diary are reproduced in this volume (see the John Quincy Adams Begins His Diary, 1779 4Descriptive List of Illustrations, No. 1).

Docno: ADMS-03-01-02-0001-0001-0003

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1779-11-12

1779 November Friday 12th.

This Morning at about 11 o clock I took leave of my Mamma, my Sister, and Brother Tommy,1 and went to Boston with Mr. Thaxter,2 in order to go on board the Frigate the Sensible of 28 twelve Pounders. We arrived at Boston at about 1 o clock; dined { 2 } at my uncle Smiths',3 we expected to go on board in the afternoon but We could not conveniently—till to morrow.
1. It was not until 30 July 1784 that JQA next saw AA and AA2, when he met them in London en route to France, where his father, JA, was serving as a commissioner to negotiate treaties of amity and commerce with various European and African nations. JQA did not see TBA again until his return to America in 1785 (JA, Diary and Autobiography, 3:167–169).
2. John Thaxter Jr. (1755–1791), a second cousin to JQA through the marriage of AA's aunt Anna Quincy. After graduation from college he had studied law in JA's office, served as tutor to the Adams boys, and now accompanied JA to Europe as his private secretary. Thaxter returned to America in 1783 after the signing of the Definitive Treaty with Great Britain and settled in Haverhill, Mass., where he practiced law (same, 2:402). JQA renewed his friendship with Thaxter there in late 1785, when he came to live with his uncle and aunt, Rev. John and Elizabeth (Smith) Shaw, while preparing himself for admission to Harvard in the spring of 1786.
3. JQA did not carefully distinguish between his uncles and great-uncles, aunts and great-aunts, but the person referred to here is his great-uncle Isaac Smith Sr. (1719–1787), a Boston merchant and uncle of AA. A sketch and portrait of Smith appear in Adams Family Correspondence, 2:x–xi and facing 103.
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.