John Quincy Adams: Diaries 1779-1821 by John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams: Diaries 1779-1821 by John Quincy Adams

Author:John Quincy Adams [Adams, John Quincy]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: 19th Century, Autobiography, Biography, History, Presidents & Heads of State, Revolutionary Period (1775-1800), United States
ISBN: 9781598535235
Amazon: 159853520X
Publisher: Library of America
Published: 2017-06-19T23:00:00+00:00

5. VI. The arrears of my Journal are a continual pressure upon me. I shall probably be very soon compelled to change my plan, and to notice the Events of every day in the most summary manner; and in a very few lines. This morning I rose earlier than has of late been usual with me, but it brought me only to the 12th of last Month — Soon after breakfast I went in to London — I had appointed to meet Mr. Couling at my Office at three O’Clock — I returned him his Letter of proposals; and he engaged to furnish me with another next Saturday — There was a Mr. Conan whom Mr. Smith introduced to me, and who mentioned the accounts from America, of the Death of Mr. S. Dexter of Boston. Received a Note from Lord Castlereagh enclosing a copy of an Order from the Lords of the Treasury to the Commissioners of the Customs, to repay all extra Tonnage duties, levied upon American Vessels — Three Letters from my Mother, one to George, and two to my wife. A Letter from Thomas Pride, a Land Surveyor and Draftsman in Monmouthshire; wanting to go to the United States — A pamphlet — the Account and Plan of the Society of Friends of Foreigners in Distress; sent by the Treasurer, Mr. William Vaughan — Mr. J. A. Smith went with me to the City of London Tavern, in Bishopsgate Street, where we dined with this Society. ≈ Count Lieven and Prince Esterhazy, before dinner hinted to the Duke of Kent, that if their Sovereigns should be toasted or themselves, they could not make speeches — He said laughing that if they would tell him in three words what to say he would speak for them — But that I could speak English very fluently, and I must speak for them all — The hour appointed for the dinner was precisely half past five O’Clock, and the company actually sat down about six — The dinner was good, and the toasting began early ≈ after which the Duke of Kent gave, the Foreign Ambassadors and Ministers present, prefacing it with remarks upon his personal satisfaction, at seeing so large a number of them, Ministers of Peace, from Countries with whom this Nation but a few years since, had unfortunate differences — The Hall he said in this respect, exhibited a contrast, most auspicious to this Country to the aspect which it would have had, only four years since — The Duke then, with the assent and request of all the Ambassadors present, called upon me to answer the toast; which I did nearly to this effect — “Gentlemen — Deeply sensible as I am, to the honour done me, by my illustrious and excellent colleagues, in calling upon me to make our common acknowledgments for that which you have done us in the toast just given by His Royal Highness from the Chair, I feel myself no


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