Diary of John Quincy Adams, volume 1

Friday Novr. 21st.

Monday Novr. 24th.

Sunday. Novr. 23d. JQA Sunday. Novr. 23d. Adams, John Quincy
Sunday. Novr. 23d.

Dined with Mr. Champion.1


Probably Richard Champion, a Bristol ceramist and close friend of American Commissioner Henry Laurens after his release from the Tower. In 1782 Burke had Champion appointed to government office, in which capacity he established contact with other Americans. In 1784 he anonymously published Considerations on the Present Situation of Great Britain and the United States of America . . ., urging free trade in American-West Indian commerce; a presentation copy is among JA's books at MB (Dixon Wecter, β€œAn Unpublished Letter of George Washington,” S.C. Hist. and Geneal. Mag., 39:151–156 [Oct. 1938]; David Duncan Wallace, The Life of Henry Laurens . . ., N.Y., 1915, p. 390–391; Catalogue of JA's Library ).